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  1. #65
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    Quote Originally Posted by ice2921 View Post
    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.
    Thank you for explaining. I was going to try and convert my own, but I think I'll leave that alone now for how much work it is.



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    Hi,
    I followed the instruction and successfully sideloaded a app from "List of working playbook bar files". Install was success, however the app wasnt launched post install. WHen I attempt to click the icon on play book nothng happens. I tried few app and result is same, but no error during installation. Any idea where is the problem and how do I debug and fix the same? THanks in advance.

  3. #67
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    Quote Originally Posted by manickaraja View Post
    Hi,
    I followed the instruction and successfully sideloaded a app from "List of working playbook bar files". Install was success, however the app wasnt launched post install. WHen I attempt to click the icon on play book nothng happens. I tried few app and result is same, but no error during installation. Any idea where is the problem and how do I debug and fix the same? THanks in advance.
    Hello manickaraja, welcome to BBOS!

    Make sure to select "run on PlayBook after install" before installing.



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    thank joe for the bbos in my playbook very cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by herbert yu View Post
    thank joe for the bbos in my playbook very cool
    That's good to hear herbert yu!



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    Quote Originally Posted by herbert yu View Post
    thank joe for the bbos in my playbook very cool
    Yeah BBOS app for PlayBook v1.0.6 is awesome I love it too

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    Can someone help me I would like to know how does sideloading work and where can I download android apps and games for my playbook I'm not too clued up with technology so some help is really needed

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    Quote Originally Posted by vieshan187 View Post
    Can someone help me I would like to know how does sideloading work and where can I download android apps and games for my playbook I'm not too clued up with technology so some help is really needed
    You can think of sideloading as another way of installing an app on your PlayBook. Its original intent was for developers to quickly load their test application to the PlayBook, but it quickly became mainstream with the addition of the Android Player on the PlayBook.

    You can head on over to our download section to download PlayBook Games and App. It is located here:

    BlackBerry PlayBook Apps & Games - Downloads - BlackBerryOS.com

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