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  1. #57
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    Couple questions:

    1. Is this legal?

    2. After sideloading a few apps, i can across a little problem. After using an android app and closing it, i would click a different icon, and it would show the original apps picture in the bottom left corner. And then the screen would just go black. I would then have to restart my playbook. I don't know it that was too broad to understand, but any help would be appreciated on why that is happening.



  2. #58
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    Quote Originally Posted by iambobmarley View Post
    Couple questions:

    1. Is this legal?

    2. After sideloading a few apps, i can across a little problem. After using an android app and closing it, i would click a different icon, and it would show the original apps picture in the bottom left corner. And then the screen would just go black. I would then have to restart my playbook. I don't know it that was too broad to understand, but any help would be appreciated on why that is happening.
    1. Looks like they have stated in this thread that all apps are free apps, not paid apps. So there is no pirating involved.

    2. Sounds like there may be a compatibility issue with one of the apps you installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DownForce View Post
    If you are done sideloading, you can turn Developer mode off and then turn the password off as well. You can find both in the "security" section of the settings menu.
    Thanks DownForce and Ice! Issue solved!



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    Quote Originally Posted by iambobmarley View Post
    Couple questions:

    1. Is this legal?

    2. After sideloading a few apps, i can across a little problem. After using an android app and closing it, i would click a different icon, and it would show the original apps picture in the bottom left corner. And then the screen would just go black. I would then have to restart my playbook. I don't know it that was too broad to understand, but any help would be appreciated on why that is happening.
    yes its legal.
    Does this happen everytime you load an app?

  5. #61
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    sideloading android apps

    Quote Originally Posted by loreenb1 View Post
    Thank you for the headsup
    Agree. Thank you to all for the help. Without this forum, I could never have figured it out. I have been able to sideload some of the apps from the list of 10 and they work fine.

    My question seems to have been asked before but never answered. I am an owner of an Android tablet and have many apps, both free and paid.

    How does one download apps to a PC in order to sideload? Can you extract them from the Android device?

    The only apps I've been able to download/sideload are from the list.

    Although a great start, it is limiting. Others have asked this question, but it never seems to be answered.

    I will try one more time.

    How do you download Android apps to a PC in order to sideload to the Playbook?

    I thank you in advance for your reply.

    Mike
    Last edited by mikemaheno; 03-13-2012 at 07:31 AM.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mikemaheno View Post
    Agree. Thank you to all for the help. Without this forum, I could never have figured it out. I have been able to sideload some of the apps from the list of 10 and they work fine.

    My question seems to have been asked before but never answered. I am an owner of an Android tablet and have many apps, both free and paid.

    How does one download apps to a PC in order to sideload? Can you extract them from the Android device?

    The only apps I've been able to download/sideload are from the list.

    Although a great start, it is limiting. Others have asked this question, but it never seems to be answered.

    I will try one more time.

    How do you download Android apps to a PC in order to sideload to the Playbook?

    I thank you in advance for your reply.

    Mike
    The reason the question has not been fully answered is because its been misunderstood. Let me try to explain. Android apps come native as .apk files these are the ones that are found on your android tablet. These files are extracted from an Android device or delivered straight from the developer. Now this is where the confusion starts. The question now becomes a three part question. How do I extract .apk files from my personal Android device? Where do I find these .apk files? and How do I sideload these apps to my PlayBook?

    The answers aren't as straightforward as one would think. The answer to question one is yes you can do that but it a lengthy process that most of the time involves "rooting" your Android device. The second part to that question is once you get those .apk files they need to be converted into a .bar that works on the PlayBook. In addition there is no guaranteeing that it will work after the conversion process as the app must be in the specific Android run-time environemnt that's on the PlayBook. Even then your looking at chance that the app still wont work.

    The answer to the second question is .apk files are found all over the internet the problem is that none of them are convereted to work with the PlayBook. There are also many lists out there that contain converted .bar files but many of them have not been thoroughly tested. That's the idea behind this list, to provide people with apps we know work.

    I hope this helps.

  7. #63
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    Ice,
    Once again, thank you. Your explanation does help. It certainly answered the question. I hope your answer helps the others who have asked, as well.

    I think what was confusing to all, was that most of the articles written, lead one to believe that the Android apps were interchangeable with Playbook. I for one thought that more apps would be supported.

    Your explanation puts it to rest for me.
    Again, I applaud you and all the others who take the time to help.

    Thanks,
    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikemaheno View Post
    Ice,
    Once again, thank you. Your explanation does help. It certainly answered the question. I hope your answer helps the others who have asked, as well.

    I think what was confusing to all, was that most of the articles written, lead one to believe that the Android apps were interchangeable with Playbook. I for one thought that more apps would be supported.

    Your explanation puts it to rest for me.
    Again, I applaud you and all the others who take the time to help.

    Thanks,
    Mike
    Your welcome. Remember to check the List Of Working PlayBook BAR Files as we are always adding apps.

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