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Easily Sideload Android APK Apps to PlayBook with DDPb Installer

DDPb Installer Android

One of our long time forum contributors, Keeper, has released an updated version of his DDPb Installer app this weekend. This new version simplifies the process of sideloading Android APK installer files onto the BlackBerry PlayBook to use with the leaked Android App Player. This is still not the simplest of processes but it works like a charm and just points out how much easier RIM needs to make the process outside of App World.

Instructions are also included and I highly recommend checking out this forum thread for instructions and a link to install the DDPb Installer. Here are the basic use instructions:

If you want to install .apk Android package:

  • You have to install the Android App Player on PlayBook first(Use this DDPB Installer to deploy it onto PlayBook)
  • Make sure your PlayBook is in Development Mode
  • Run the Android App Player
  • Make sure: Settings > Applications > Development > The USB Debugging option IS SELECTED.
  • Don’t exit Android App Player. On PC, using DDPB Installer to add the .apk files(If you don’t see any files inside the folder you are browsing, please look at the File Type option of the browsing window and switch it to .apk).
  • When the apk is added onto the list, please provide password of your PlayBook, IP Address(It’s auto detecting PlayBook IP for you if you use cable to connect PlayBook to PC) then press Install button.
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  1. I’ve heard that the Android Marketplace even sort of works. Still, I think I’ll wait until this stuff gets released before I try any of it. Has anyone else had any luck with it?

  2. Not this time amigo, I’m waiting for RIM to release something solid here…

  3. manage have those apps work on the playbook
    – Amazon Kindle
    – eBuddy
    – IM+
    – Adobe Reader
    – Mobo Player
    – aBTC (Torent client)
    – Linked In
    – NavDryd
    – Borders Book library
    – Skype
    – Google Navigator
    – SoundHound – But cant access mic
    – Pandora – Installs but loads and loads at startup….

    Those ones installs but there are some errors at startup:
    – Google Earth
    – Netflix
    – Firefox
    – Sling Player
    – Netflix

    It shows the potential of what’s coming

  4. amazon kindle and skype are 2 reasons to look fwd to this coming out but think i will be on the cautious side. dont wanna brick my Pb.

  5. Yea i dont have the guts to try this.

  6. wow, i must try it now

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