How to Add Android Market to Polaroid PMID702C

How to Add Android Market to Polaroid PMID702C e-Reading Hardware Tips and Tricks There are many many budget tablets on the market,  all with about the same specs and performance. Given that there's not much to distinguish them (other than appearance), about the only way to choose among them is whether you can install Android Market and how well a tablet can run the apps you need.

This particular  tablet just arrived on the market this week, and as part of my plan to install Android Market on all my tablet I immediately tried my usual easy to follow instructions for installing Android Market. They worked.

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.

How to Add Android Market to Polaroid PMID702C e-Reading Hardware Tips and Tricks Like the numerous 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 a folder on your Polaroid tablet via a USB cable. 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.

Update: Does your tablet run Android 4.0 or above? Are you feeling lucky? Then you might want to try to install the file labeled "JB Play Store". This is a later version of the Play Store.  It only runs on Android 4.0 and above, and it doesn't always work, but if you can successfully install it you will have a complete version of Google Play.

I have Aldiko and the Google Apps installed and they work fine. Note that I don't have the Google videos working on the tablet and I have no way to test it due to the simple fact that I don't buy my videos via Google Play.

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60 Comments on How to Add Android Market to Polaroid PMID702C

  1. I am able to install all of the steps just fine but then when I go into Market it says I must add an account first. I have added an email account, Facebook, another email account but to no avail? I have had android devices before and have never had this issue? Has anyone else has this happen and if so what is the fix and/or what type of account am I supposed to add?

  2. This worked perfect!!! My son got a Polaroid tablet and it was very frustrating not being able to get the Android apps for Market (Play). This took me less than five minutes. Thank you so much!

  3. have the same issue as above everything downloaded fine but when i open, it says I must add an account. I hit yes to add one it kicks me out. any suggestions thanks

  4. I just purchased the Uniden 7 inch tablet (model UTAB71) from Big Lots ($69.99) and the Google Market install files and instructions listed here worked perfectly for me.

    Afterwards, I copied an MKV version of the kid’s movie “Bolt” to the tablet and it plays back crystal-clear and fills the wide-aspect display perfectly. I haven’t tried an MP4 yet, but if an MKV plays okay, MP4 is shoe-in.

    This is an amazing little tablet for the money..

  5. I have followed your instructions and got 2 of the tablets to work fine…However I have a PTAB7XC I have been doing this process to…On this third tablet that I have , after completing the process I get an error that says Unfortunately, Android Market has stopped….How do I get this to go away….I have also completed the google account setup as well without any problems…I even tried clearing the cache in the apps optuions and tried rebooting the android market app and got the same results. I’m stuck and still researching the net for other ideas…

    • I also am having this exact same problem with my Polaroid PTA7XB tablet. After sucessful installation when I attempt to start “Market” I get the polite message “Unfortunately, markter has stopped”

      Any suggestions?

      Thanks

      • I got the same message on my Uniden tablet, to fix it I uninstalled all versions of the play store and reinstalled using the file that I downloaded from my computer and it worked perfectly

      • I get the same error. I have always gotten that error when I attempted to use Market or the Play Store .apk in that .zip file. Restarting did nothing, uninstalling did nothing. It’s just not working for me. In the background, I can see that it’s trying to work. I see the terms of use screen and sometimes it logs me in and notifies me of the two app updates I need to take care of but the error message is on top of all that and I can’t get to it. It’s maddening.

        • I have a PTAB7XC and get the UNFORTUNATELY, MARKET HAS STOPPED.
          Not sure if it’s the same issue causing this, but when trying check for updates in the About Tablet section I get”Check failed! Please check your network! My browser and email work fine so no network issue, but something seems to be blocking the connection to the market and update apps.
          I originally had a PMID701x and installing the 3 files worked fine, but with this PTAB7XC it’s just not working.

          • Yeah, I’m getting that error when trying to do an OTA update on a PTAB8000: “Check Failed! Please check your network!”, and the network is fine.

            I’m going to try this method for installing the google app store, market, play, whatever it’s called.

          • I am having the exact same issue with PTAB8000. Can anyone help?

  6. You’re the BEST!!! Thank you!!

  7. This install of Google Market worked great. However, 2 things…I downloaded the Netflix app through the market and Amazon App Store but it will not open. The screen blinks and returns to my app screen. I have the Uniden UTAB71. Also, somewhat unrelated, the southern telecom website does not list the UTAB71 on it as a device. When I click on software update on my tablet, it quickly says unknown error. Any suggestions?

  8. You need to install version of Netflix 1.8.1 for it to work. Also set your netflix settings to display at “good or better, but not best”. Go to the following website and scroll down to the last post by member named schmappel. Click on the link he supplies from dropbox. Then download and install Netflix 1.8.1.

  9. Forgot to include website to install Netflix 1.8.1 :
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1749707

    • Thanks so much, I have an Uniden utab71, and your instructions worked for Google Play Store and Netflix. Now if I can only get my Hulu account to work on it.

  10. Works great, thanks! Question though. Can you install the newer version of Google Play after getting this up and running? Since it’s working, I’ve left it alone but I’ve seen newer versions of the google play APK. Just curious. Thanks again!

    • If it ain’t broke don’t try to fix it. Read some of the comments on many apps on Play Store and you will find that they work on some tablets and not on others. Some will say the upgrades made it worse than older versions which worked well. I noticed this with some of the you tube upgrades and had to find older versions on line. I think the Polaroid tablets and Emerson EM543 are one in the same as they use are both listed on google search in the southerntelecom website and identical in format except Polaroid has firmware updates for a variety of models and Emerson only has the EM543.
      Re: Google Play, under FAQs in both sites:
      “•We find that the Google Android market caters mainly to smartphones. Polaroid Tablet users can download apps by downloading the Amazon App Store application or by loading .apk files directly onto the device using the preloaded “ApkInstaller” which is located in your tablet’s app menu.”

  11. Just did this on the Polaroid PMID800. Took about five minutes. Works great. Got it at Walgreen’s, not a bad price.

  12. Just used these instructions to load goggle play onto a Uniden tablet that I bought at Big Lots for $60. It looks identical to the Poloride model, which they actually had for $48, but were sold out by the time I got there. Thanks!

    • According to what I have found, it IS identical. Both are made and supported by Southern Telecom – only the branding is different.

      BTW, the Polaroid tablet that was on sale this week for $44.88 was only 4.3″, so you didn’t miss anything!

  13. Just wanted to note that that I bought the identical tablet branded as Uniden at Big Lots on Sunday – it is on sale this week for $58.88. The model number is UTAB71, also made by Southern Telecom.

    I was able to install Android Marketplace per your instructions but, for some reason, I am having trouble with Chrome – it stops with an error popup as soon as I start it. Has anyone been able to get Chrome running on their tablet, Polaroid or Uniden?

    • Same situation for me. Looking for possible solutions.

    • Oh, forgot to mention. I have the PMID1000 (10 inch one my wife bought for me at Kohls black Friday). I got the google play to work with these instructions. It kept crashing google play at first, but it seems to have become very stable over the past week. Only thing that hangs it up is surfing the internet. The stock brower is always saying “web page is non responsive” you have the option to “wait” which almost always works, the website will fully open in a few seconds…….. very very annoying. I think Chrome would help this problem.

    • I’m just fixing up a UTAB71 by Uniden (rebranded Southern Telecom) and getting Chrome working was at first a hitch, installing from a browser based Google Play Store session it was trying to send me an Ubuntu 64 bit version. Once I was able to get the old Android Market working on this thing (see note at bottom) I was able to download a working version of Chrome through the now installed Market app (although I first had to delete all app data from the market no less than twice in the system menu>apps).

      (Note: I was able to install the new com.android.vending-4.4.22.apk but it crashes once you sign in with your google account so I had to downgrade to an old “Market” version posted in this thread.)

  14. Also lost the functionality of the home button on the side and icon on the bottom, any fix? thanks for letting me use google,
    mike

  15. I followed you instructions for this and loaded google play with no trouble as well THANKS!, however I downloaded Angry Birds and when you try to launch it the tablet goes black and freezes. I have two of these as Xmas gifts for my boys and would like to have their favorites loaded on before they open them. Any help would be great!

    • FYI – mine are the Uniden UTAB-71

      • Chris, I bought 3 of the Uniden UTAB71 as Christmas presents for my kids. One of them had the same issue you describe with all the Angry Birds apps. Also the Home key would no longer send it to the home screen. After several other attempts to uninstall and reinstall various apps, I did as other users had suggested and reset the device to the original factory settings by going to the Settings > Backup & Reset menu.

        This will wipe all apps and user data from your tablet so you will have to start over with your setup, but following this, it performs flawlessly.

  16. Seriously, you ROCK!!! Followed the instructions and it worked the FIRST TIME!! My birthday girl is VERY happy:)
    Thanks!

  17. Brilliant!!! I recently purchased 2 Uniden UTAB71 tablets for Xmas gifts. I was about to return them because of not being able to load new apps on them. So glad I found this walkthru! Followed step by step and had both tablets downloading games in less than 10 minutes. Thank you so much!! My son and daughter are gonna love there Christmas gifts!

  18. This may be a silly question. Buy I am driving myself crazy. How. Do you get into the file manager on the uniden tablet I purchaed from big lots. I can transfer the files fine, but then cannot find them to install. Thanks in advance for any help

    • Do you mean that you are looking for a file manager? Here’s one I like:
      http://www.estrongs.com/en/download.html

      If you’re stumped about finding the files after you’ve transferred them, the trick is to use a distinctive folder. For example, there’s usually just one Download folder and it is usually quite easy to find both in the file manager I linked to as well as when you have the Android tablet plugged in over USB.

      • Nate I have a Uniden UTAB71. I downloaded the Google play zip file on to my computer. Uncompressed them. Sent them to the tablet. They were stored on the tablets memory. Showed all 6 files. I installed these 3 in the order you suggested. OneTimeInitializer-signed.apk, SetupWizard.apk , vending-3.1.3-signed.apk. I couldn’t find them ord any app for Google play. I then moved the folder with the 6 files to the SD card. Then tried to install them again. It ask me if I wanted to replace each and I did. I still can’t find the app, or am I suppose to look for something else? I have powered down and back up.

        Sorry 1st tablet
        Don

        • It should say Android Market, not Google Play.

          I don’t have this tablet at all and I don’t have any similar tablets handy, but I can make a suggestion.

          If you cannot find an icon in the apps menu which says Market or Android Market, look in the upper right corner of that menu. If the installation worked then I’m pretty sure you should have a new option in that corner which says, Shop, Store, or something. I seem to recall that Android 3.0 and above puts the link to the Android Market in that corner.

          • Nate, you are absolutely correct. There was a market app and there was a Shop app in the upper right corner. It’s working fine. I’m sorry, I had Google on my mind. I don’t know what people like myself would do with out people like you. I really appreciate your help! Thanks again!

  19. I transferred the files to the download folder on the tablet. Now I cannot figure out how to view them to install them

  20. Thanks Nate for your help. I installed the file manager and everything worked perfectly

  21. I downloaded it and it works great except it will not let me download books is there something else that i need to do to be able to read books on my tablet?

  22. My son thanks you..

  23. i have the Android market icon but when i open it it says Must Add account and when i press yes, it just closes to the main screen… And there is no Gmail built in app just a general email one. How do u fix that ?

  24. I purchased the Polaroid PMID1000, I followed your instructions and was bale to get the market place. However, if I try to download something it says “Unfortunately, Market has stopped.”

    Please help!

    • All I can suggest is that you reboot the tablet. If that doesn’t work then you can try a factory reset and then install the files again.

      Sorry, but sometimes this just doesn’t work.

    • It appears the PMID1000 is discontinued. Personally as a Linux enthusiast I might buy one for experimentation, but if you are dependent on the Android user interface part of it, and it isn’t working out for you, you might consider returning it.

  25. I purchased a Polaroid Pmid 1000b, and am trying to install google play, i have followed the instructions as far as downloading the zip files and transferring them. I got the google play icon but when I click on it, i just get a message that says unfortunately google play store has stopped working. any suggestions? Thanks. If it seems that it may not work for this specific tablet, any suggestions on here I can get free apps?

    • There’s a report elsewhere in this blog from someone else who bought this tablet. She couldn’t get this hack to work either.

      For apps, you could try the Amazon Appstore or 1Mobile. The latter is pretty good but not completely licit.

  26. How about the Polaroid PMID704KT Internet tablet? Can I download the play store? Will it crash the tablet?

  27. Does this work for the polariod ptab8000 sold this week at kohls?

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