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).

How to Install Android Market on Polaroid PMID701 e-Reading Hardware Tips and Tricks

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.

How to Install Android Market on Polaroid PMID701 e-Reading Hardware Tips and Tricks

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.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

206 Comments

  1. PRBMAINT7 April, 2012

    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…

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    1. Nate Hoffelder7 April, 2012

      Yes, that happens on some Android devices.

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      1. Eliabeth27 August, 2014

        I have followed your instructions to put Google play store on my son’s polarid tablet. When i try to install the first one (OneTimeInitializer-signed.apk) i get a pop up app not installed. what am i doing wrong?

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        1. Nate Hoffelder27 August, 2014

          That is usually a sign that you can skip installing that app.

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    2. Robert Achtabowski2 January, 2013

      I have the polaroid pmid800. Found the winzip download, is there a free edition?

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    3. Brandi13 January, 2013

      Hi. I recently bought the Polaroid PMID800.
      It’s okay,but i am interested in Rooting it. Can you give me specific intructions or tell me where you found the information to Root the device.
      It would be much appreciated :))))

      Thank YOU!

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    4. Hoverbored17 June, 2013

      Would you mind letting me know where I can find specific instructions on rooting this device? Thanks!

      Reply
    5. lawrence18 June, 2013

      thank-u,it worked fine on a polaroid pmid705. 🙂

      Reply
    6. David20 June, 2013

      I just got the Polaroid PMID901. I had to restart my system but following your step-by-step worked. Thank you for taking the time to post that video. You made my day.

      Reply
  2. […] and email apps were rather poor. Luckily for me there’s a hack which makes it possible to install Google Play. That radically changes my opinion of this tablet, making it one of the better ones in this price […]

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  3. Rob12 April, 2012

    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!

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    1. Jim4 June, 2012

      I didn’t want a bunch of accidental charges on my credit card either. I created a separate Amazon account just for the app store and added a $0.15 gift card to it to. Amazon app store works fine to buy free apps this way and the device has no access to a credit card.

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  4. […] is at least one other important point which I can answer. Last weekend I posted instructions on how to add Android Market to the PMID701C, the previous model (same hardware but running Android 2.3 Gingerbread).  Today I […]

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  5. ZANGRE18 April, 2012

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

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  6. Brian Foster19 April, 2012

    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.

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    1. Nate Hoffelder19 April, 2012

      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.

      Reply
  7. ryan20 April, 2012

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

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    1. Nate Hoffelder20 April, 2012

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

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      1. Wayne28 May, 2012

        Can you help me out please? I tried copy through usb cable but could not so I use send method and I see ” gapps-2.3.4.zip” in filemanager. When I tried to open it, it say “extract here or to. Could you tell me why I cannot open it? Thanks.

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        1. Papi12 June, 2012

          You have open the zip file and move the files in it to the tablet.

          Reply
  8. […] 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.Download this ZIP file to […]

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    1. CupaT17 December, 2012

      Hey all, I’ve followed the instructions with the Polaroid 705 and am having a couple of issues maybe someone else has already figured out… I unzipped the files to my mac and copied them to my tablet’s “Download” folder. They’re there and visible when file-sharing via USB. However, when I go to the tablet to install the store, File Manager lists no files on my internal SD card. I do not have an external one at the moment. Any suggestions?

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      1. Oliver27 December, 2012

        Turn USB off on the Polaroid and they appear

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  9. MGJAZZ23 April, 2012

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

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    1. Nate Hoffelder23 April, 2012

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

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      1. MGJAZZ23 April, 2012

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

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      2. MGJAZZ24 April, 2012

        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.

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  10. Chuck24 April, 2012

    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?

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    1. Frank8 May, 2012

      Thanks so much.Works Great! Now I have a SWEET tablet!

      Reply
  11. mscitaperez24 April, 2012

    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. 🙂

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    1. A. DEIKUN25 April, 2012

      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

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      1. Nate Hoffelder25 April, 2012

        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.

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        1. A. DEIKUN26 April, 2012

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

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        2. A. DEIKUN28 April, 2012

          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?

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          1. Nate Hoffelder28 April, 2012

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

          2. A. DEIKUN29 April, 2012

            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.

  12. dlwilson25 April, 2012

    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.

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    1. chris rice14 February, 2013

      I did same thing, and i tried several upon several attempts from many sites to get google play store to install and run and contantly came up with “unfortunately google play store has closed”. this was just the fix i was looking for.

      Reply
  13. ogilvey26 April, 2012

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

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  14. Rania27 April, 2012

    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! 😉

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  15. Rania @madsocial27 April, 2012

    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!

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  16. […] I was playing with my new Polaroid tablet today when I had a brainstorm. I’d just installed a hacked version of Android Market (with apps that I didn’t know would work). The process went off without a hitch, and that got […]

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  17. Chuck27 April, 2012

    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.

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  18. Chaya28 April, 2012

    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 🙂

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    1. Chaya28 April, 2012

      Sorry, I have the Polaroid Internet Tablet PMID701i

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      1. Cilla30 April, 2012

        Chaya may i ask how you got the Google Play and Android Marketplace,i’m new to android so not sure how to root it.

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  19. Chuck28 April, 2012

    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.

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  20. Marilyn29 April, 2012

    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?

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    1. Nate Hoffelder29 April, 2012

      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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      1. Chuck1 May, 2012

        I also had the Home button issue after downloading all of your files to my PC and copying them to the device. I ended up loading the Market only and the only issues I have now are on a cold boot as I mentioned in an earlier post on this thread. The old Market seems to be working. I wonder if I will get upgrades.

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      2. Marilyn2 May, 2012

        Nate,

        I had downloaded onto the computer first. But, I did a reset, and now it all works fine! Thank you so much for your help.

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      3. Heather27 December, 2012

        Hi Nate, I’m also having a problem with my home button on my Polaroid 705. I uninstalled the android market as you suggestedand reinstalled but i’m not even getting the option to make choices with my home button now. I’m cooncerned about pressing the factory reset button it says so much will be lost and i would have to manually reset, is that true or will it just go back to the way it was when i bought it? i just want access to the button again:) Thank you

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        1. Nate Hoffelder27 December, 2012

          The factory reset won’t do any harm to your tablet.

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          1. Heather28 December, 2012

            Yay it worked:) Thank you so much… I was also wondering, i had seen somewhere on one of these many blogs posted, ways that i can get free books, movies and music. I’ve looked and looked and can’t find where i read it. Could you please post it again??? Thanks for all your info, it’s really helpful:)

  21. Seany29 April, 2012

    Thanks to this page I bought the $99 Polaroid from Big Lots! I have the Android Market on it now. Is it supposed to just show a bag with the Android logo on it?

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    1. Seany29 April, 2012

      One more thing: Big Lots has two versions of the tablet. There is one with Android 2.3 and another with 4.0. They are both the same price.

      Reply
  22. Rania @madsocial30 April, 2012

    One last question for me. Has anyone been able to get Google Talk? I can’t seem to find an app for it and when I visit m.google.com It won’t let me launch it? It’s nothing that’s going to make me return the tablet, but just would be nice to have as well.

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  23. ron2 May, 2012

    I can not down load apps I keep getting a message that I need to sign in but I already am.

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    1. Nate Hoffelder2 May, 2012

      Reboot. Also make sure you have the time and date set.

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  24. Chuck2 May, 2012

    I found a new post on XDA that was really helpful. I now have the Play Sore working although I am still getting the weird errors on a re-boot that don’t seem to impact performance but I’m still curious if what is stopping is something that needs to be running.

    The really helpful post on the page linked below came from Justin. It has worked, even on my tablet that I have probably left trash installed on before trying his method, Nate’s method and my “don’t know what the heck I’m doing methods”. The good thing is I can now download from the Play Store as I was able to do with the other attempts. As long as I get updates I don’t care if I have to cancel these errors on re-boot. If I’m missing something or I have screwed this thing up, any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Check out Justin’s instructions here

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1613811&page=7

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  25. Jessy3 May, 2012

    OMG THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH! I was about to toss this tablet out the window.

    You are my hero!

    Reply
  26. ZigZag6 May, 2012

    I got the Android Market, Google Play installed fine. Only trouble is I can not get a map app. Google maps says it will not run on the tablet. I can go to google maps using the browser and it works. Any suggestions? Also, I downloaded the 3D Weather widget that I can see on the apps page, but how do I get it to the widgets? When I click on it, it says I need to add it as a widget. I would if I knew how! Help would be appreciated. Thank you so much for this page, I was ready to return the tablet until I found this.

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  27. Chuck7 May, 2012

    There is a Widgets tab on the Apps page. I have 3D Weather widget on my home page.

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  28. ZigZag9 May, 2012

    Hi Chuck, I downloaded the Widget, but when I click on it it shows a page that says I need to install it. It just shows the page, but no more info. Sorry to be such an un techie. But could you explain how to install/add it so it works? Also, do you have maps on your? Which one? Thanks for your help in advanced.

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    1. Chuck9 May, 2012

      go to your Apps page (use the link at the top right of your Home page-6 dots). The top there is a link to Widgets, click that tab and your widgets will display. Hold the 3D and move it to your home screen.

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    2. Chuck9 May, 2012

      I forgot to mention, it will ask you to set options including your location. I clicked the battery option, that is handy.

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  29. ZigZag10 May, 2012

    Thanks Chuck! Got it working! Do you have a map app that you like that works? I tried Googlemaps, but it says it is not compatible with the Polaroid even after doing this fix.

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    1. Chuck10 May, 2012

      I assume Google Maps requires a GPS and it doesn’t have one. I am assuming that is why Skytracker, an App I have on my phone and this tablet (my Asus Slider) , doesn’t even appear on the Play Store. I guess we are limited to Mapquest or another web site to get directions. I will not miss it since mine will probably never leave the house and I use an old Garmin for navigating.

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      1. ZigZag11 May, 2012

        Thanks Chuck,
        No maps could be a deal breaker for me. My 5 year old ITouch has maps. Add no camera and I seriously have to rethink this one. Thanks for the help though

        Reply
      2. Rick James19 May, 2012

        Chuck // May 10, 2012 at 11:44 am

        I assume Google Maps requires a GPS and it doesn’t have one. I am assuming that is why Skytracker, an App I have on my phone and this tablet (my Asus Slider) , doesn’t even appear on the Play Store. I guess we are limited to Mapquest or another web site to get directions. I will not miss it since mine will probably never leave the house and I use an old Garmin for navigating.
        >
        >
        There’s something about GPS on tablets which applies to *ALL* tablets that you should know.

        If you don’t have a 3 or 4g data plan GPS on a tablet (Android,IPad) is pretty much useless.

        The tablets need the connection provided by the data plan to download the maps needed by the gps software on the tablet.

        The Tablet GPS Harware/Software *DOES NOT* work like the Hardware/Software found in GPS units made by Garmin,Magellian,tomTom and others, which only needs the linkup to the GPS sats provided by the unit itself.
        No 3/4G or Wi-Fi connection needed.

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  30. Dejavuman14 May, 2012

    Just bought a Polaroid PMD701i, followed your instructions and downloaded Android Market so I could use the app for Pandora Radio, but the tablet won’t play a single complete song without skipping to the next one, and I have 100 mb internet. Any suggestions?

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