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How to Install Android Market on Polaroid PMID701

I've had this tablet for a couple weeks now, and I have to say that the out of box performance is a little lacking. While it does ship with a basic suite of apps they're not very good. Even the free ones I've gotten from Amazon's Appstore are rather lacking when compared to the official Google apps (gMail, gReader, etc). Luckily for me there's a way to install Android Market and thus get the official apps. It's also really easy. Note that this isn't  a set of instructions on how to hack the tablet; I'm only interested in achieving a certain minimum level of ability with the least work required.

Update: There are now at least 2 related Android tablets with the PMID701 moniker. These instructions have been confirmed to work on the PMID701C and the PMID701I.

A few days back one commenter pointed me at this page, which has both a set of instructions and the necessary apps. I've installed them without a hitch and I am now much happier about this tablet. I followed the instructions on that page and got the exact same results. Here's how you do it.

  1. Download this ZIP file to your computer.
  2. Open it and copy the contents of the ZIP file to your Polaroid tablet over USB. Then unplug your tablet.
  3. Once you've done that, open the file manager on your tablet and go to the folder where you put the files. Try to install the following apps in this order (double click on the files in order to run them):
  • OneTimeInitializer-signed.apk
  • SetupWizard.apk
  • vending-3.1.3-signed.apk

As a 4th step you might want to press the home button, select the checkmark which says "open always with", and then select Launcher. This will guarantee that whenever you press the home button you will see the home screen and not be prompted with a menu.

All 3 apps installed okay, and I now have the Android Market working. I've downloaded and installed several apps. I know that it's weird that the icon and app still says Android Market, not Google Play, but it works so I do not care.

But there is one small problem. For some reason the Setup Wizard app is listed as an alternate home screen. This does not impact the functions of the tablet, but it is a little annoying so I checked the box to always open the home screen with the other item (Launcher).

All in all, this is a much nicer tablet now. It doesn't quite have the vibe of the IdolPad but at least it's no longer coming up short in the apps department.

198 Comments on How to Install Android Market on Polaroid PMID701

  1. I have one and have rooted mine as well. I have noticed that not all apps are visible on the tablet Market. Have you searched for any on a PC, using the Play Store, then searched the same way for same app (like Springpad) and it would not find an installable app on the tablet? I have found several not available in my tablet install, just wondering…

  2. Yes, that happens on some Android devices.

  3. I just bought 2 of these yesterday for my kids from Big Lots for $99 ea. What’s cool is there is no learning curve if you already have an Android phone. The Market hack worked great. I didn’t install the framework apk because it cautioned that it was already on there. So far, the Market works as it should. The Amazon App Store sucks for free apps because it requires a credit card. I’m not about to let my 13 year old have free rein on a credit card!

  4. I had problems with the google play store lately. Thhis version worked well for me. Thank you so much!

  5. Exactly what is supposed to be better about 4.0 vs 2.3? Is it just a pretty user interface? If so, it should demand more processing power.

  6. It looks a lot different, but I’m not sure that the later version of Android does much more than 2.3 on such limited hardware.

  7. where do i need to put the apk in order to run them?
    Thanks

  8. You can copy them to any folder you like. Open that folder and double click on the files to install them.

  9. Installed market just fine, thanks. But books and movies don’t work, only apps. Glad to have market up and running. Thanks.

  10. I’m surprised Google books doesn’t work, but the movies app likely failed because it requires security that this hack cannot offer.

  11. Can search for books and view lists of books, but when book selected, market crashes.

  12. I tired Google Play APK 3.5.16 and 3.5.16. They install but stop operating when trying to download app. So, back to 3.1.3.

    RealPlayer works pretty well on 3GP, MOV, FLV, MP4, WMV.

  13. I tried this and was able to install the files, but I kept getting a message that the app has stopped. I tried using the vending.3.1.3 that you prvided after trying it with a com.android.vending-3.5.15 that I saw on another post. The both popped up with a message that they have stopped, is this the ICS vesion of force close? After loading all of the files you provided I also noticed that my Home button quit working. After fumbling around and trying different combinations I gave up and did a Factory Reset. I then went to their Online Help on the Polaroid widget on the tablet and it said that you could install apps using the app apkinstaller which I didn’t have on my device. I went to the Amazon store and downloaded Easy Installer. I opened it and it showed me all of the APK files I had transferred to the device. I tried the 3.5.15 first and after the install I got the same stopped message. I uninstalled the Play Store and tried again with your 3.1.3 file and I now have the Market. It works! I first downloaded Adobe Flash Player and it is functioning. I also successully downloaded the 3D Digital Weather Widget and it is now on my home screen showing me the time and local weather info. I also loaded G-mail. I think I’m good to go although I wonder if my apps will get updates since I’m not a fully functional Google device. Are there other pieces I might be missing to get me on Googles radar?

  14. Thank you so much for this info. I just got this tablet today and just did the install right now it worked without a hitch. I had bought one from Kmart the Leader Impression i7 but it was soo slow and it wouldn’t let me hack it. So today I returned it and bought the Polaroid at Big Lots, best investment. :)

  15. I just got one of these at Big Lots, and I’m very happy with. It seems comparable to my girlfriend’s Fire. I was able to easily install Android Market using the above instructions.

  16. Hi,
    I just bought one of these and would like to install Google Play (if I can’t I will need to return it). I am an extreme novice and do not understand the jargon on these forums. Would someone mind, in very basic terms, explaining to me step by step, how I install Google Play on this? I don’t want to mess it up in any kind of way. I would be deeply appreciative. I am running windows 7 on my computer if it matters.

    I am a little confused because it appears as if there are several different ways to do it posted on here.
    Thanks, Andrew

  17. I would have thought that my instructions were easy to understand.

    Just to be on the safe side I went back and elaborated. Let me know if that helps.

  18. Yes it does. Thanks. I’ll try tomorrow.

  19. hey thank u for that link , i got android up and running , life saver( O.G out…)

  20. Just bought 2 of these yesterday. I’ll see how your instructions work for my 2 and re-post what happened soon. Thanks for all the info in advance. I will add, that if you didn’t want the Android Market and just the use of Amazon App store..you’re better off considering doing this work around. Amazon limits you one important app for me, Google Plus! 😉

  21. Rania @madsocial // 27 April, 2012 at 12:16 pm //

    Nate I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to do this review and to add all these simple steps. Android market place loaded just fine. I’ve downloaded several apps with no issues, no foreclose…nothing! Just like you, 3 of the 4 files loaded. It does say market place for me and I to don’t care whether it says Google play or not. The name is not affecting downloads on device. This is a fantastic tablet for the price. Sure it may be cooler with a camera, but I do own a smart phone. 😉 Other than that I’m very happy with the purchase from BigLots for 99 bucks! I even picked up a 7inch tablet cover from there for only 5 bucks more. Now I can take this tablet with me on my Harley, fits perfect in the saddle bag. Cheers Nate! Thanks again dude!

  22. Can you tell me if my method described above has shortcomings? I may be exchanging mine because the display does some weird things (blurs when scrolling on some WEB sites, forums being an example). It’s not a biggy, but if is a problem with my unit I want to exchange before the 30 days run out. If I loaded the Market as I described will I still get updates or have I sneaked in the back door? If I exchange I might try your route again before going down my path again. I would really like to get this one or a new one set up as a full fledged Google device.

  23. Hi,
    I managed to install the google market. My kids wanted me to download angry birds space and fruit ninja. They don’t show up in this app store but are available on Google Play on my phone. Is there a newer version of the google market available that has Google Play or these apps?

  24. Yes, this really works! The tablet not getting Google Play was the only draw back. My husband purchased this for me yesterday at Big Lots, was up til 4am, disgusted, trying to get Google Play on it with no avail. He took it back this morning.
    We went out most of the afternoon today looking at other tablets. After the looking was over I wanted my Polaroid internet tablet back. LOL….I went to Big Lots and got it back.
    I searched the internet to see if there was a way to put Google Play apps on this tablet without rooting it and found this page. I spent 10 minutes doing this….Just ten minutes….and it is working like a charm! thanks….Now when hubby gets back, I can show him who is the techy in this family :)

  25. Sorry, I have the Polaroid Internet Tablet PMID701i

  26. I just returned my first 701i because the display was fuzzy at the comfortable viewing angle. The new one is definitely better. I went throught the same set-up as the first, without my previous fails at loading the Google Market. This time I tried installing the com.android.vending-3.5.15.apk without doing any roots. It installed fine, I went through the whole set-up process with Google and it was in my Apps. When I tried to use it I got a “Unfortunately….has stopped”. I uninstalled it and installed vending-3.1.3-signed.apk that I found in a downlod of 4 files on another post. It worked on the other tablet and works on this one. I have downloaded a few apps successfully, even after receiving errors on re-boots. I get “com.android.smspush” and “cpm.google.process.gapps” has stopped on every re-boot. Do I need to worry about these messages, I seldom re-boot and hiting OK a couple of times is an agrevation I can live with as long as the Market works? Will I still get updates for the apps I have downloaded or do I need to install another apk or two?I have not rooted this thing yet nor do I have a clue how to do that.

  27. They don’t show up? But I installed Angry Birds after using this hack. I’m looking at it right now.

  28. I’m sorry, the latest angry birds, angry birds space. I found a hacked fruit ninja on rapidshare and got it to work, I guess I’ll do the same for the anry birds. Wish I could just download it through the market, however.

  29. Did all this, and now it works! Thank you. But – – now my home key does not function, have to keep using the back button. Is there a fix for this?

  30. Try doing a factory reset (under the settings menu).

    Q: Did you download the ZIP file direct to your tablet or did you download it to your computer first?

    I ask because another reader had this issue and he downloaded directly. Once he tried doing it the other way he succeeded.

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