jeepmonster01, on 02 March 2011 - 04:21 AM, said:
if someone high up sees this (maybe a bump up) i was messing around tonight with my cruz tablet this might be easier than sdk emulators. i was looking at freewarelovers for apps and saw dropbox apk and downloaded it onto the cruz. i have a hd2 phone running android so i have titanium backup on my phone which links to dropbox if you download dropbox onto the cruz you basicly have access (easy) to the android market you still wont be able to run angry birds but i got alot of apps that are medium apps to run on my cruz just log into dropbox and download apps onto the cruz look into astro and find them extract the apk.gz and the apk will be right there. also you can download dropbox onto your phone and use it that way i think you get 2gb for free
Thanks for the tip and you are absolutely correct in the fact that there are easier ways to access apk's for a non-market Android device. There are also many online/cloud storage solutions you can use to conveniently sync/transfer files between devices using wireless connections. Dropbox, Zumodrive, Ubuntu One, Android Sorami for Windows Skydrive are just a few that quickly come to mind.
This sticky is primarily for people who have Android devices, like the Cruz Tablet, without the Android market and have not discovered suitable Android market alternatives. There are many ways to obtain apk's but not many that can access the official market. With the emulator you can access the actual Android market as opposed to FreewareLovers and other sites or tools that provide the ability to download apk's directly. It's also useful for those who want to learn more about the Android development environment. You can also use ADB or DDMS to pull apk's from the emulator, that have been downloaded from the Android market, and attempt to install them on a device without market. Building your own emulator necessarily installs the required components. In addition, accessing the official market should also be inherently safer than installing apk's from unknown developers and sources.
For example, the black market Applanet
will meet most users needs, although the longevity of this site may be in question. Also, there's a large and growing library of personal repositories at Bazaar Market
. You can search for apps in numerous repositories at Repo-Finder
and add the repository to your favorite Aptoide client for download. There are numerous other methods.
Building the emulator with market has a bit of a learning curve but it is well worth the effort for those who want to increase their technical understanding of Android or simply need an alternative method to access the official Android market.
This post has been edited by GJSmith3rd: 02 March 2011 - 09:59 AM