Rating: You end up with access to Google PlayRegular readers may recall that GoMobile News finally bit the bullet and installed a version of Android (4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich) on our HP TouchPad tablet here. Given H-P’s current woes, Android is obviously the future for H-P tablets. Anyway, for copyright reasons, GoMobile News didn’t install the full set of Google apps because legally it isn’t permitted. See our previous story here.These apps include standards such as Google Maps and, importantly, Android Market/Google Play.
Hence, GoMobile News has been contacted by a reader who has installed Google Apps after reading our initial report.
The main omission on our behalf was to fail to install a file called update-cwm_tenderloin-1012.zip.
This is the ‘ClockworkMod’ and crucially it offers the opportunity to install new apps on the TouchPad after Android/Cyanogenmod9 has been installed.
Following the instructions given in our original article, our brave reader put the zipped file onto the TouchPad and into the same ‘cminstall’ folder as created and used before.
He also place a file called Gapps 4.0.3 11.12.22.zip into the same folder (cminstall) without unzipping it.
Here’s the interesting bit –ClockwordMod installed when using the ACMEInstaller2 application but Gapps didn’t.
Don’t worry because the solution is to reboot the TouchPad and when present with the standard moboot menu, you should not see an option to boot into ClockworkMod.
If you manage to boot correctly, you can then go through the Clockwork Mod menu systems until you find the option to install a zipped file from the ‘SD card’. It’s not really the SD card, it’s the internal memory.
But- hey – it still works and the whole process resulted in those vital Google apps being installed.
Interestingly, after running the Android Market app for the first time, it even automatically renamed itself Google Play.
Our reader would like to thank Liliputing for its excellent advice which solved a particularly thorny problem. You can read the actual article which helped here.
Our reader reports that the only problem with installing Google apps is that now he wants to add an external (Bluetooth) GPS device so that Google Maps works perfectly.