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.
- Download this ZIP file to your computer.
- Open it and copy the contents to your Skytex tablet over USB. Then unplug your tablet.
- 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):
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.