Originally, a PC was required in order to sideload apps onto the PlayBook. The first release of LocalBar was created to give users the ability to sideload apps ‘locally. The PlayBook could now sideload apps onto itself. Using LocalBar, the requirement for a PC was gone.
The developer followed up with the release of LocalBar2. Changes were made to LocalBar2 in order to circumvent rims block.
-To put it simply, with LB2, the PlayBook can once again sideload apps onto itself.. by making use of a proxy server running on another device.
-LB2 can also sideload apps onto other PlayBooks.
- Anyone in for a surprise? WITHOUT the proxy, you can still use your PlayBook to sideload apps onto itself. You don’t even need a WIFI connection.
- On the PlayBook, enable Development mode and Bluetooth tethering
- Go to the homescreen, tap the Development mode icon and make note of the IP address (if there is more than one, disconnect from WIFI and USB)
- Open LocalBar2 and select… ‘Other Device’ 😉
- Enter your Bluetooth IP address (from step 2)
- Select the app to load, enter your device password and viola
Let us know in the comments if this is working for you. Its been nothing but smooth sailing for me.
In the end, i just hope RIM doesn’t block this 🙂