How to get the Android Market on the BlackBerry PlayBook

Good news for those with a BlackBerry PlayBook. The Dingleberry jailbreak is now publically available making it easy to root your Playbook. It is still very much an early beta though.What makes this doable is that the backup files for the PlayBook used in the BlackBerry Desktop Software aren’t signed, which will allow you to launch whatever you want. There isn’t much that you can do with this exploit yet, but the three gentlemen who created Dingleberry are hoping that the developer community will lend their full support. While we can’t do much yet, one of the developers was kind enough to post instructions on getting the Android Market to run on your Playbook.

For those with the Playbook that are wanting to give this a go you can hit the break below to download the file. Those that do try this out we would love to hear from you on how it works. Maybe down the line we will see this tablet dual boot both Operating systems. Here’s hoping!

Dingleberry Jailbreak Download

How to get the Android Market working on the BlackBerry PlayBook:

1. Install the 2.0 beta on your PlayBook.
2. Root your PlayBook using the Dingleberry tool found at dingleberry.it
3. Download the Google apps package fromhttp://wiki.cyanogenmod.com/index.php?title=Latest_Version/Google_Apps
4. Install and launch an Android app packaged as a .bar file in order to set up the Android system. I would recommend installing a launcher app of some kind since you will need one to launch the Market and related apps. A bunch can be found at http://playbookbars.com/
5. Log into your PlayBook as root with an scp client (eg: WinSCP for Windows). Copy the system folder in the Google apps download to the root of your PlayBook and merge it with the system folder there.
6. Open up a root ssh shell and remove “/system/app/SetupWizard.apk” (this can by done by typing in “mv /system/app/SetupWizard.apk /system/app/SetupWizard.apk.bak”.
7. Kill the running Android player “cd /apps/sys.android.XXXX.ns/native/scripts” (XXXX will be different for each device) and run “./android-player-cmd.sh kill-android-core.sh”
8. Launch a launcher app of some kind. Start up Android Market (or any other Google app), enter your account details and it will start working. This trick will also install Google Chat and a few other goodies. The Android Market works and will install things after you do this.
9. Play around with the Android player and find other cool things!

 

[via Dingleberry by Intomobile]

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  • Guest

    connect refused when I was trying to connect to the playbook through ssh.

    • Gizmob1

      Same here.

  • Anonymouse

    People just copy/paste this same procedure everywhere. No one has any idea how it works, they just post it on their site.

    If you get connection refused, either SSH is not installed, or you’re not connected through dingleberry. You also need to have the desktop manager running and connected, otherwise SSH will also fail, complaining about some file in /tmp.

    My question is, how do you get the RSA key for winscp?

  • afser khan

    hi