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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30 Comments on How to Add Android Market to Polaroid PMID702C

  1. Polaroid pmid1000_v2, worked almost perfect. It’s a litle bit slow, but it really worked xD

  2. Hey folks this will not work on Polaroid PMID706 Android 4.1 from BigLots. Waste of your time. If anyone comes across another method please post!!!

  3. worked great for 704 . I had to open the attachments in email on the tablet

  4. please how can i install android market on iru tablet?

  5. I have downloaded the file as u instructe but what u mean by usb wire is what i did not understand well.

  6. you are the best!! it is easy as 1-2-3!!!!! i didnt even plug into my computer, it was connected to wifi already, so i downloaded the zip directly on tablet. then installed just the way you said and bam!

  7. This is the dumbest question you will ever get! The universal USB cable that we use for our Android phones didn’t fit into this tablet (for the file transfer). What kind of cable do I need to get???

    • It depends on the specific model (I’m not sure you have the 702C).

      Polaroid tablets all use generic USB cables with one of 2 standard USB plugs.If you don’t have any cables handy that will fit, take the tablet to a computer store. The odds are good that they’ll have a cable that will fit.

  8. Sorry…one more question. I downloaded the zip file to the tablet with a USB cable; disconnected from my computer; opened file manager on the tablet, clicked on gapps.2.3.4.zip but I receive this message “Extract here” and “Extract to…” Have I done something wrong in the transfer of the zip file to the tablet?

  9. PTAB8000 Google Play store fix !!!
    —————————————————–

    I figured out how to do it, but it needs a different approach (as speculated above, the GAPPS zip install will not work on some Polaroid devices). I got the PTAB8000 for my son for christmas, but he was frustrated with it because the app stores Polaroid provides are either crap or flat out don’t work. Google to the rescue ! After ignoring it for almost a year I had some time to research, and behold… I found out that this device needs to be rooted (aka hacked) and then google can be installed. But don’t fret, a few skilled people had mercy and came up with a very easy tool to make it happen.

    For this solution you only need your tablet (duh !), a PC or laptop and a USB connection cable.

    1) go into your tablet settings. Go all the way down on the settings list, find developer options, and put a checkmark where it says “Debug during USB connection” (or close to that, it should be the first item on the top of the window).

    2) connect your tablet to your laptop or PC via the USB/charging cable

    3) wait until the device is fully recognized (it should install USB and android drivers)

    4) Go to this website: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2066041

    5) look for the “Polaroid All in One” download (I used the v2.1b Beta) and install it on your computer. Then run it.

    6) When the screen comes up it will tell you what device you have. On the right side, make sure to put checkmarks in root device/install google framework/PTAB8000 Full market fix.

    7) Then hit run button, and watch the action. That’s it. The status messages will keep you updated on what is being done to the tablet. DO NOT DISCONNECT until everything is finished. It will restart automatically several times.

    8) In the end, the software will install a fully functional Google Play store. Upon restarting you might see some error messages pop up, but as far as I can see they can be ignored. I downloaded several game apps, angry birds, subway surfers, etc and they all work fine.

    Note that the tablet has limitations, not every app will work. I tried google chrome and it did not work for me after installing.

    Also note that before doing this, I did a complete reset of the tablet (yes, erase all… !!) to make sure there is no junk left that might interfere. The often discussed OTA software update button is junk, for all I know. I have not found any postings from people that had it working. It’s a Polaroid-branded cheapo, let’s face it. Also, the ominous “v2” firmware on the southern telecom webpage is the same as the one on the tablet. After installing the firmware you get the exact same firmware version after looking in the settings page.

    I hope this will clear up some of the confusion and frustration with this tablet. It is not the greatest, but it has decent graphics and it is a nice learner/game tablet for kids, or to check emails.

  10. My daughter has a Visual-Land Connect 9 running Ice Cream.

    Worked like a charm.

    Much thanks, U da man.

  11. will it work on nextbook (model: NEXT8P12)???? and which market does it install?? Google play or other market??
    plz help

  12. if it creates some problems in my tablet then?

  13. Thank you! I had gotten an Emerson tablet for Christmas that was not compatible with the store. I had spent almost 2 hours searching the net looking for a solution, and then I found this! Works great! Thank you!

  14. I have a Polaroid PMID708X and have had no luck with the install. I have done the factory reset multiple times and reloaded the files including the Google services framework, I get an message that the frame work and one time initializer are already on the device but does not give me the ability to overwrite them. Any tips?

  15. hey Nate! i cant believe i did it and it worked on 1rst install!!! “i LOVE U”! 😛 lol i’ve been trying to do this for over a week and u ssved me from WASTING another minute of my time! i’ve put off so much crap this werk ((vacumming, cleaning house ect….)) now i can get back to more important and imparative tasks that SHOULD’ve been done hahaha! oh, i hsve the UTAB71 Android 4.0.4. i did try that JB file and it would not let me open it. forgot why lol.
    thanx again! if u ever need support point me in the right direction! =D
    Sharon

    • nOpe! i’m wrong lal. oh the JB file has the same signature error that 1 other had. it shows what apps i installed but they’re not actually ON the ‘utab71’. firefox is the only 1 that givez me an option to open it??? weird hugh? the problem w/this tab, it isn’t recognized by most of my google accts as being a tab but as my cell lol. even tho the model is in status of my devices after opening new acct on tab. ANY ideas about this wierd issue?!? =D
      ………..hopefully you’ll be back here soon to see this lol. thanx!
      my primary email is [email protected] if you’d be so kind as to let me know, IF there was anything that might help? i’d sure appreciate this ..(~_~).. again thanx! Shar ~

  16. How do you totally remove the android market files if you installed the start up pack instead of the other one first…I’m really lost as to how to fix this problem please help…very frustrated with all of this…thanks!

  17. THANK YOU!!!!! Works for Polaroid 4.3″ PMID4312. Info much appreciated!

  18. I tried it and when it comes to installing the OneTimeInitializer-signed.apk on my polaroid A8, 8″ it cant install it. I can see it on my tablet but when I try to intall it, it keeps saying app not installed. can someone please tell me what i’m doing wrong?

  19. You are a god. Thank you so much!

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