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How to Sideload Android Apps for PlayBook Android Player (Netflix Example)


Things are really heating up with the leak of the Android Player for the BlackBerry PlayBook. Devs and hacks have been trying all day to get apps on the Android Player and it looks like there is finally a solution. N4BB discovered that by using the Android SDK and Java SDK they managed to side load Android apps on the PlayBook. We have been trying a similar method but did not have much luck using the Android Development Bridge but N4BB is claiming it works a good portion of the time if you use these instructions:

Here are the steps but PLEASE PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK. We take no responsibility if you mess up your device!

Here are N4BB’s instructions:

Software you’ll need to download:

You will need to have your PlayBook set to development mode. You can set this by going to the security options.

C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools>adb connect

connected to

C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools>adb root
restarting adbd as root

C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools>adb connect

connected to

C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools>adb install
2533 KB/s (7378353 bytes in 2.843s)
pkg: /data/local/tmp/

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  1. I wish to god today that I knew what the hell you just wrote above so that I could be playing with some Android apps….

    Alas… I suck….

  2. I do understand some of it doe but i really wouldnt wanna do somethibg wrong and mess up my playbook

  3. Looks like OverDrive Media Console works great in the android player so far!

  4. Just so happens I have all the software needed already installed on my pc here at work from when I rooted my android phone. Only problem is I am about to leave for the day. :( May try once I get home though. Would be cool to have netflix on the playbook. Also will try a few other apps. :)

  5. if you lock your playbook up restore it you gotta mess it up the first time but in recent news the playbook becamethe first tablet certified bt the government today got my email from rim things are looking really good

  6. You technically do not need the Android SDK. The latest PlayBook SDK actually includes the necessary utility as well:

    C:\Program Files\Research In Motion\blackberry-tablet-sdk-1.1.0\lib\android\bin\adb.exe

    That being said, the PlayBook SDK is bigger than the Android SDK. (In part, because it includes the simulator image.)

    • i found the andriod sdk i went through everything it was like a linux machine i got it on there though lol im not taking it off i found something in that sdk that have a question mark to it i have to find it again but the android player isnt all that like its expressed

  7. this is easy & simple a simple path they use on android devices once you find the platform path then another list will pop up then click tools it should automatically connect you to a i.p address which should be your own then tools you should be able to do whatever you feel once this is open usually it wouldnt be open if it wasnt in development mode it would have a wrench on but once you find the adb then just root it after that you repeat the process the last part does pertain to you unless you have plans on using netflix thats the simpliest way i can say it

  8. another easy way i found to get free android apps is go to and do a search of the app you want then put .apk at the end then it will start downloading caution it will turn futuristic cause of the android player then go to the player it should load up the apps then your good to go GOOD LUCK!!!

  9. SOON THERE!!!

  10. netflix doesn’t work. :-(

  11. where can i find the netflix file to load. I’ve had perfect luck w/ all of these instructions and am running ImChat+ and Kindle on the Playbook. Just need access to the Android files to move ahead. The BBH+ site of Android apps from last week doesn’t have a Netflix link. Thanks!

  12. I figured screw it, I’m installing 2.0 beta right this moment and if I don’t like it, rim has a downgrading solution to it. Win win if you ask me. Plus the newest version of the beta is said to be much more stable, this my first bit of hacking/homebrewing on the playbook. Rebooting as I type.

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