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    How To Sideload Android Apps On The BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0

    The release of PlayBook 2.0 brought so many new features to the PlayBook. Perhaps one of its best features is its ability to run Android apps. This is a feature that many have been waiting a long time for. Unfortunately many of these apps have not made it into BlackBerry App World yet. This could be for many reasons, part of the issue is the amount of time it takes to get an app approved. RIM is notorious for a lengthy app approving process.

    In the meantime, there is another way to get all of these nice apps on to your PlayBook. This method is called "sideloading". It requires Android apps that have been properly converted from their native .APK files to .BAR files; to be sideloaded using a third party tool.

    Now before we begin please be aware that sideloading does not require a rooted device, and is generally safe for your device. Now this does not mean you throw caution into the wind and do not back up your device. As always things can go wrong and you want to make sure you can get back to where you were before.

    Instructions

    Things you will need:


    Step 1: Install DDPB Installer:

    After you have downloaded DDPB Installer you need to install it. This process is easy and pretty straight forward. Double click the installer and next your way through the installation.

    Step 2: Prepare Your PlayBook:

    Preparing your PlayBook is really the most important part of this process. If you do not do this it will not work. Your PlayBook must be in development mode in order for the sidelaoding process to work. To do enable development mode you need to Settings---> Security ---> then Development Mode You will then see the following screen:



    Tap on Development Mode and you will see the option to "Use Development Mode", and a slider right next to it to turn it off or on. Move it to the On position, and you will be presented with the following screen:



    Enter a password and confirm it, you will need this later. You can confirm you have successfully enable development mode by looking at the top right section of your notification bar, and you should see an icon that looks like a person. You have successfully prepared your PlayBook for sideloading.



    Step 3: Sideloading An Application:

    Now that your PlayBook is prepared its time to sideload that app. Connect your PlayBook via USB to your computer, and if your PlayBook is password protected enter the password for it on the computer if prompted. Open up DDPB Installer. You will be presented with the following screen:



    Next click on the "Scan" button. The program should find your PlayBook's IP address, and fill it in under that field. ( if it does not see the tips section) Enter your password in the field below it. This is the password that you created when you enabled Development Mode in step 2. Click on "Connect". After a short period of time it will connect to your PlayBook. You can verifiy that it has found your PlayBook by looking at the section to the bottom left. It will display your PIN number, and OS version.



    Now, click on the button that says "Add" this will open up the browser window where you will need to browse to the converted .apk to .bar file that you downloaded. Once you select the file or files you want click on open and they will be added to the "App List On PC" section. Make sure you click the box next to the bar file you want loaded as shown in the picture below.



    Next click on "Install". A new window will pop up giving you the percentage complete. After it shows complete you have successfully installed the application.



    That's it, you can now sideload Android apps to your PlayBook

    TIPS:


    You may get the following message when installing DDPB Installer. If you do just click continue.



    DDPB Installer does not auto detect your PlayBook. You can manually enter your IP address by entering the number found when tapping on the person icon when in development mode.

    To Verify a correct install you can always enable the option to "Run On PlayBook after finish"
    Last edited by ice2921; 07-24-2013 at 06:11 AM.




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    Looks good ice, thanks for putting this together.
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    Excellent write up ice...thank you

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    Robyn and I were just talking about learning how to side load apps so thanks for this... Comes in handy for sure...
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    I successfully downloaded skype beta, yahoo messenger, msn messenger and google maps to my playbook. since my playbook is at developers mode and after 10 days it will expires? can i do the same routine again or i cant do it anymore?
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    Somebody knows where to get the voice and video plug-in for yahoo messenger, do you think if it works on playbook? I can use yahoo messenger via bridge.

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    Now Im just wondering...
    This is new to me. How do I get me the Android app? I don't have an android device and therefor can't donwload from android market.
    So no sideloading for me. Or am I missing something?
    Great help Ice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kewlaruba View Post
    I successfully downloaded skype beta, yahoo messenger, msn messenger and google maps to my playbook. since my playbook is at developers mode and after 10 days it will expires? can i do the same routine again or i cant do it anymore?
    Hello kewlaruba, you can use Developer's Mode for as long as you wish as many times, say after 10 days, just turn it back on and enter a password that you can remember, and also copy that same password in the side loader tool of your choice.

    By the way, nice apps you installed, I have also installed quite a few apps myself, if anyone is a big music lover, try side loading WinAmp, it's awesome, works great and stable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poita316 View Post
    Now Im just wondering...
    This is new to me. How do I get me the Android app? I don't have an android device and therefor can't donwload from android market.
    So no sideloading for me. Or am I missing something?
    Great help Ice!
    Hey Poita, you don't need an android device to enjoy apps anymore, as the BlackBerry PlayBook will emulate Android applications in the PlayBook's platform.

    It's awesome, I have been waiting for this day to come for a very long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kewlaruba View Post
    I successfully downloaded skype beta, yahoo messenger, msn messenger and google maps to my playbook. since my playbook is at developers mode and after 10 days it will expires? can i do the same routine again or i cant do it anymore?
    Yes you can do it as many times as you like.

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    Thanks Ice for this superb contribution and for taking the time to enlight us in how to get the best out of our playbooks
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    Quote Originally Posted by grimreaper View Post
    Hey Poita, you don't need an android device to enjoy apps anymore, as the BlackBerry PlayBook will emulate Android applications in the PlayBook's platform.

    It's awesome, I have been waiting for this day to come for a very long time.
    So just go to Android market and download?

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    HELP!!!!

    Hey
    I was trying to download apps from the android market .. but it asked for an id ... i put in my google id ... but it says no android device is attached to this id ... so what do i do?

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    Hmmmmm

    Was able to download the apps to try and install on the PB ... everything went well ... till the time it was installing it ... then a error message popped up saying "error:Package id required" .... so if anyone can help it would be nice ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tloc View Post
    Was able to download the apps to try and install on the PB ... everything went well ... till the time it was installing it ... then a error message popped up saying "error:Package id required" .... so if anyone can help it would be nice ....
    If you are trying to download Android app via the market place it wont work. You will need specialized .apk files that have been converted to a .bar file.
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    Hi!! I have a quick question: How do you get the side-loader (DDPB) to recognize files in a format other than *.bar?

    Some of the links to Android apps which have been verified to work on the PlayBook are staged in
    *.zip format, and the side-loader won't recognize them. When the *.zip files are unwound, there isn't
    a *.bar file included in the contents -- there's an actual directory structure. For example:

    [App: eBay for Android, Version 1.8]

    - The *.zip file for this app contains this:

    unzip -l Android-eBay-1.8.zip
    Archive: Android-eBay-1.8.zip
    Length Date Time Name
    -------- ---- ---- ----
    1310 12-20-11 20:02 META-INF/MANIFEST.MF
    599 12-20-11 20:02 META-INF/AUTHOR.SF
    672 12-20-11 20:02 META-INF/AUTHOR.EC
    599 12-20-11 20:02 META-INF/RDK.SF
    280 12-20-11 20:02 META-INF/RDK.EC
    3868779 12-20-11 19:53 android/eBay-18.apk
    3229 12-20-11 19:58 android/res/drawable-hdpi/icon.png
    -------- -------
    3875468 7 files


    This *.zip file was downloaded via the "Top 10 Android Apps To Sideload Onto Your Blackberry PlayBook" article.
    I tried posting a link to it, but wasn't able to since I haven't posted much here for a while. :^(

    DDPB won't do anything with the unwound directory content, either. Is there a tool out there that will create *.bar
    files from directory content? Or, is there another work-around available?

    Thanks so much for your help!



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    Quote Originally Posted by marcusharris View Post
    Hi!! I have a quick question: How do you get the side-loader (DDPB) to recognize files in a format other than *.bar?

    Some of the links to Android apps which have been verified to work on the PlayBook are staged in
    *.zip format, and the side-loader won't recognize them. When the *.zip files are unwound, there isn't
    a *.bar file included in the contents -- there's an actual directory structure. For example:

    [App: eBay for Android, Version 1.8]

    - The *.zip file for this app contains this:

    unzip -l Android-eBay-1.8.zip
    Archive: Android-eBay-1.8.zip
    Length Date Time Name
    -------- ---- ---- ----
    1310 12-20-11 20:02 META-INF/MANIFEST.MF
    599 12-20-11 20:02 META-INF/AUTHOR.SF
    672 12-20-11 20:02 META-INF/AUTHOR.EC
    599 12-20-11 20:02 META-INF/RDK.SF
    280 12-20-11 20:02 META-INF/RDK.EC
    3868779 12-20-11 19:53 android/eBay-18.apk
    3229 12-20-11 19:58 android/res/drawable-hdpi/icon.png
    -------- -------
    3875468 7 files


    This *.zip file was downloaded via the "Top 10 Android Apps To Sideload Onto Your Blackberry PlayBook" article.
    I tried posting a link to it, but wasn't able to since I haven't posted much here for a while. :^(

    DDPB won't do anything with the unwound directory content, either. Is there a tool out there that will create *.bar
    files from directory content? Or, is there another work-around available?

    Thanks so much for your help!


    You should not have any .zip files. The link in the top 10 post is to a .bar file not a zip file. I am not sure how you are getting a zip file. You may have some program on your computer that is treating the .bar files as zip files. What program do you use to unzip files?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ice2921 View Post
    You should not have any .zip files. The link in the top 10 post is to a .bar file not a zip file. I am not sure how you are getting a zip file. You may have some program on your computer that is treating the .bar files as zip files. What program do you use to unzip files?

    Hi! The program is WinZip, but I didn't use it to open/process the target file in any way when I attempted to
    download and side-load the file. I only used WinZip to display the contents of the *.zip file I was given, which is shown in the orignal post.

    I used the right mouse button click to bring-up the context menu on top of your original link to the Android package, and then told the browser to save the target to my hard drive. For other *.bar files, those came over as they should have, with the '*.bar' extension, using this same method.

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    I have a quick follow-up to my last post:

    I reloaded your posting using a different browser this time (FireFox) and tried downloading the files again.

    This time, things worked as expected. I was able to get the packages in *.bar format, and they've been
    side-loaded to my PlayBook without any problems at all!!

    I appreciate your willingness to help me address this! Have a great week!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poita316 View Post
    So just go to Android market and download?
    Quote Originally Posted by Tloc View Post
    Hey
    I was trying to download apps from the android market .....
    Welcome to

    You don't download apps from the Android website, either from your Window based PC, or your BlackBerry PlayBook.

    Once you gain an understanding of the basic know how to side load a .BAR file to the BlackBerry PlayBook, then you will know that you need DDPB Installer or BBH-Tool as mentioned in this article, and .bar file(s) which is required to side load to the PlayBook.

    Here is an article, that ice wrote up, The Top 10 Android Apps To Sideload On To Your BlackBerry PlayBook which has a few popular .bar files which you download to your desktop PC, then use one of those tools to side load it, and enjoy your newly installed application on the BlackBerry PlayBook.

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