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.