How to Install Android Market on Skytex SkyPad Alpha 2

So 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 me thinking about my other Android tablets.

I have the apps to install Android Market and I have tablets that I wouldn't miss if I killed them. I decided to put the 2 together and see what happened. It seemed highly unlikely that I would be able to wake up Skynet again, so I thought that this was worth a shot.

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.

So I grabbed the first tablet within reach, and that was the SkyPad Alpha 2. The installation went off without a hitch, and it was quite simple.

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 it and copy the contents to your Skytex 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.

You might also need to reboot the tablet before you can set up your account on the tablet. I did.

All 4 apps installed okay, and I now have the Android Market working. I've downloaded and installed a couple apps, including Aldiko and Angry Birds. Everything seems to be working just fine.

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.

13 Comments

  1. […] could take it or leave it.And after you’ve installed the firmware, you might want to consider installing Android Market. It will just take a second and it will give you access to the best source of Android apps. That […]

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    1. Tim6 May, 2012

      I copied the files to my Polaroid PMID701i’s Download folder and then went to the Download app. Nothing is showing. What is wrong please ?

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      1. Nate Hoffelder27 May, 2012

        The download app on some tablets only shows a list of things you’ve downloaded, not the contents of the folder. Try to find that folder via the file manager.

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  2. Bobby27 July, 2012

    I also have an Alpha 2 and everything installed as advertised. The problem I am having is the Alpha 2 is wifi only and Play is trying to connect over a celluar signal. I tried changing the wireless setting but it does not give me an option to use wifi. btw, internet is working fine.

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  3. shelles30 December, 2012

    ok tried as you mentioned it and each time i try and open it, it says ‘unfortunately, google play store has stopped. this is all i get. constantly now. i can see that behind the messege that its stopped, it looks like its trying to ask permission. help plz.

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    1. Nate Hoffelder30 December, 2012

      Reboot the tablet and see if the app works now. If that doesn’t help, do a factory reset and try the process again.

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  4. teresa6 January, 2013

    We want to buy minecraft on my son’s tablet..We have already downloaded the app and he is playing the demo..Can we buy this?? I bought him a google gift card will that work?

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  5. cameron7 January, 2013

    Great instructions! Do you know if there is also a way to get Android 4.2 on the skytex as well?

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    1. Nate Hoffelder8 January, 2013

      No.

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  6. ssr21 February, 2013

    On Skypad Alpha2, games like Temple Run which require tilting to collect coins are not working. Are there any techniques to improve the touch response? For example, it is very difficult to close a tab in the internet browser.

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  7. OSVALDO SALAZAR22 February, 2013

    I CAN NOT FIX TOUCH SCREEN ON SKAYPAD SP712, CAN ANYBODY HELP ME, I UPGRADE THE FIRMWARE, BUT WHEN THE SKYPAD RESTAR CLIBRATION IS NO GOOD, HELP ME PLEASSE

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    1. Scott6 March, 2013

      Reflash it back to version B….I had the same problem when I flashed to C.
      Just reflash it to B and it solved the problem

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      1. adrian29 April, 2013

        Hi scott, i have the same problem wuth the calibration and i did the reflash and still not working, can you help me??

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