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How To Install Android Market on Pandigital Nova/SuperNova (The Easy Way)

Next up in my ongoing efforts to see how many Android tablets I can hack is the Pandigital Nova. This is a 7" Android tablet which came out late last summer. I'm not terribly impressed with it but it's an okay value. Once you've installed Android Market it's not a bad tablet. Like the several other tablets I have hacked, installing Android Market was a straightforward process. All I did was repeat the steps listed in this post. It didn't go quite the same way but the process achieved the goal.

  1. Download this ZIP file to your computer.
  2. Open the Zip file to your computer and copy the contents to your Pandigital 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
  • GoogleServicesFramework-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.

I have Aldiko installed and it works fine.

On a related note, I mention the SuperNova tablet in the title for a good reason. While I tested this procedure on the Nova, I'm pretty sure that the SuperNova is similar enough that these instructions will work on it as well. The Nova  and the SuperNova don't appear to differ by anything other than the screen size.

If these instructions do work on your SuperNova, let me know.

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47 Comments on How To Install Android Market on Pandigital Nova/SuperNova (The Easy Way)

  1. yay it worked! thank you so much, this info was very useful :)

  2. Picked up a refurb Nova today that’s $99.99 but got mine for $84.99 with a coupon! Anyway, this worked with the latest firmware update.

  3. It works! But it killed my home button! Any ideas?

  4. ..home button works when Nova is connected to PC via USB.

  5. I did factory reset and it erased everything, including Market. Do I reinstall the files again?

    Thanks for any help.

  6. Yes. Install the hack again.

  7. I just keep getting the message unable to parse, any thoughts? I tried re-downloading the zip and extracting again, but no change.

  8. It keeps saying “unable to parse” on all of them except for the one that says vending-3.13, any suggestions?

  9. Usually that’s a sign that the APK requires a later version of Android. But I don’t see how that could be the case.

    Try rebooting.

  10. chris fentress // 6 July, 2012 at 7:51 pm //

    It keeps saying no application available. What does that mean?

  11. I dont understand how to get the market i did what you said so help

  12. It says application can’t be parsed. Anyone know a way to upgrade this to Android 4.0?

  13. Says “Can’t establish reliable data connection to server”. When I launch the market app and in the description mentions the “phone” not being provisioned for data. Any thoughts?

  14. Hi evry one.i just bought pandigital super nova 8inch..but i really wanna update my os…can anyone tell me simple steps for Android 4.0 ice cream? Direct link would appreciate atmy email or here

  15. There is no such animal yet. 2.3 OS is all you get. Some are working on something higher but, my guess is, it is another year or more out ifffffffff they dont give up by then cause prices on other units are dropping fast enough for folk to not give a shiat about the Supernova.

    If you want something little better but still Pandigital (cheap) go to the Pandigital Planet 7″ tablet. Due to issues it had, Pandigital upped its operating system to a higher gingerbread (2.3.4) as they fixed those problems.

  16. I have the super nova but I cannot watch streaming video,other than youtube any help?

  17. I just keep getting the message There is a problem parsing , any thoughts?

  18. Usually that means the app doesn’t want to install on the version of Android running on your tablet. You can try rebooting the tablet, but this is usually an insurmountable issue.

  19. Same problem as Mike on Aug 11. Cannot establish reliable connection. Seems to think it is a phone. Is there another file to install to trick phone illusion?


  20. a lot of apps say incompatible is there any way to fix this?

  21. I had a rooted PD Nova, and it stopped working in warantee period. I sent it to PD (they took TWO MONTHS to replace it) and when they did replace it they sent the PD Edition.

    Yea, no one else has heard of it either. Looks and acts like the Nova, for the most part.

    Found your info and followed it, and now it is acting like rooted device, without the risk of rooting. So far I have been able to do what I want with it. THANKS!!!

  22. I have Icecream Sanwich 4.0 on my Ematic. Same problem with downloading apps from Google Play. Looking for info on Ematic Eglide 4 XL.

  23. Ok. I don’t have a computer. This is my 6th time trying to put any thing on this nook. I really wanted it for my bible Android music. So for al I’ve been able to do is play the two games that’s on it. At hospital now where wifi is free trying to down load anything on it. I even bought a chip that has 16gb on it for the extra space. There has to be a way for dummies with this tablet.lolo HEEEELLLPPP!!!!!!!

  24. I am having problems. I did what you said except when I tried to install the google services framework it said I already had it on my tablet. So, I just skipped that one and Google play installed just fine. The only problem is that whenever I try to install an app it just says there is an error while downloading. Ideas?

  25. Reboot the tablet. If that doesn’t help try logging out of your Google account and logging back in.

  26. I have an Impression i10 tablet android 2.3 , how can I install the android market on it, some that help me,please

  27. Grace St.Clair // 12 January, 2013 at 4:23 pm //

    Everything installed corectly without the computer part. But it keeps saying no relibe connection or something like that.This was on the nova. Any ideas on how to fix that?? I had also found other app market similar to google play its called 1mobile market just go to thier website and download thier app

  28. It means you have a bad wifi connection.

  29. I just had this same problem, hopefully you’ve fixed it by now, but in case anyone else has the same problem:
    1) Go to Settings –> Accounts and Sync –> Add Account
    2) Input your gmail account info, make sure background data and Auto-sync are enabled
    3) Go back to the market app, and try again.

    Seems that the issue on my end was that it hadn’t properly synced my gmail account when I first set up the tablet. Perhaps yours has done the same.

    Also, if you don’t have a computer with which to extract the zip files and transfer, just download the zip file to your SD card on the tablet, go to ES File Explorer, select the file, and extract from there. Then, while in said folder, you can open the files in the proper order.

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