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YOUTUBE IN THIS PACKAGE IS BROKEN!!!! DOWNLOAD A WORKING ONE FROM THE THIRD POST IN THIS THREAD: http://www.slatedroid.com/pandigital-novel-android-tablet-discussion/3584-youtube.htmlFIND THE YOUTUBE.APK IN THIS DOWNLOAD (google experience), AND REPLACE IT WITH THE FIXED ONE YOU DOWNLOADED. INSTALL NORMALLY (sorry for yelling
) 2.1 Launcher to support rotate, if anyone wants it Launcher.apkGoogle Experience Alpha 1

First, the usual warning. You're on your own, and I'm not reponsible for anything this does to your Novel. I highly suggest that you do a clean firmware install from SD card using Pandigital's method, so that you are familiar with it BEFOREHAND, in the event that you want to revert. CURRENTLY THERE IS NO UNINSTALL. YOUR ONLY OPTION IS TO REMOVE BY HAND OR REFLASH. LEARN TO FLASH FROM SD BEFORE TRYING THIS.

Another note:
This "fakes" a 2.1 Android by setting API level to 7 (instead of 5) in build.prop. The files I used worked fine, and I honestly could not find any native 2.0 files to do this (or else they had their own issues). So, this hack my allow you to install 2.1 apps when you normally shouldn't. (whether or not that is good or bad is up to you, nor does it guarantee they will work)

Having said that, I've flashed it a bunch of times from a clean firmware install with no issues.

What this will do:
Install a stock Launcher and a bunch of google experience stuff. Some works, some doesn't.
Also, since it will be essential to the operation of your tablet, the volume key hack will be installed. Volume up is MENU, Volume down is BACK.

Working:
Gmail and SyncContacts and SyncCalendar (Sync works once, fails after, at least for google)
Maps w Street ViewLocation Awareness via Wifi networkGoogle Voice (For receiving VM/SMS/send SMS)

Not working:
Google Talk (opens and closes immediately)
Google Market (Can browse and start download, but download fails every time)
(These are probably related somehow, since I remember seeing some fix for the Market by logging into Talk)

Unknown:
Corporate Account Sync (anyone wanna try this?)

Installation:
Unzip the zip file into the directory with your adb.exe. (You must have adb working to apply this). This means there should be a "install_google_experience_v1.bat" file in the same directory as adb.exe, as well as a "gev1" subdirectory below it.

With your tablet on, connect your tablet via USB. Once it is connected, run the bat file. The software will install followed by a reboot. After the reboot, I suggest unplugging the USB (to avoid an annoying message later), and waiting for it to "calm down" before you try to use it, as the tablet will have to rebuild a whole bunch of cache files. Just leave it alone for 10 minutes after the reboot before trying to use it.

When you come back, the lock screen will be up (I think the lock screen is due to installing the google stuff, though I'm not 100% sure).
Press Menu/Vol Up to unlock. (If you didn't unplugg the USB after the reboot, press "Back"/Vol Down to get past the USB message.

Be warned I've seen the "notification audio" for USB connected cause acore to crash when it happens so early in the boot process, causing a very annoying error loop where you basically just have to power down and reboot. (So just remove the USB cable when booting.)

1.) Choose "Home" as your Home Screen (and you probably want to click the checkbox to set it as default, unless you plan on trying a bunch of other ones. There's text there telling you where you can change it later if you change your mind)
2.) From the home screen, press "Menu"/Vol Up to bring up the menu, and go to Settings.
3.) Go to "Wireless & Networks", click the checkbox to turn on Wifi, give it a second or two (or ten), and then click "Wifi Settings". After a few seconds, a list of networks should show automatically. Set up your network.
4.) If you want to have "Location Awareness" via Wifi, keep going here. Otherwise, skip to step 7.
5.) Once your Wifi is set up, click Back/Vol Down until you are back to the main Setting screen. Go into "Location and Security", and check "Use Wireless networks". (You can uncheck GPS, I have no idea if it makes a difference....probably not)
6.) Go back to Settings, and go to "Privacy". Ensure that "Use My Location" is checked. Go back to Settings.
7.) From the Settings Screen, go to "Accounts and Sync". Click "Add Account" and choose Google (unless you're a rockstar and testing Corporate for me). Continue to through the wizard to set up your account by entering your info.
8.) Once you sign in, it will take you back to the main "Account" screen. You can tweak the Sync settings there if you want to, or just leave them as "Automatic".
9.) Go play! Your contacts and calendar should be populated from Google, and your Gmail should be working. If you open Maps, it should find your location if you enabled it. I would also suggest the "News and Weather" App and Widget, as they both look great on this device format.And without further ado....

goog_exp_alpha_1.zip (If a mod wants to add this to files, they are free to, I just don't have hosting of my own.)

Edited 3/26/11 (format fixes) Please report any broken links or additional mistakes. Thanks, -MrsB
 

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I just noticed something is messed up w/ Calendar Sync. Mine, at least, appears to sync the first time, and then loop endlessly after that. Anyone else experiencing the same?*sigh*....if only we were on 2.1, I'm guessing these issues are related to using a hacked up 2.0/2.1 solution.
 

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tnkclark said:
Well I gave up and removed all the files copied with Google Experience. I still had the lock screen, so I did Settings/Privacy/Factory Data Reset. That got rid of the lock screen. It also got rid of everything installed with ADB Install, but that was easy enough to do again. It must be something in Google Experience causing the lock screen, so I left it off. The volume button mod and S10_07_05B update survived the Factory Data Reset.
Factory reset resets the /data partition. You probably had something stale in cache (which is stored in data) which said to keep the lock screen on.
Volume Button mod and the S10 update live in /system, so that's why they were unaffected.
 

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bkagan said:
Could someone post some screen shots of this process? Names what the command line outputs should be.

I've been trying to install this on and off for the last few days and have had little success.I've even attempted installing manually line by line but after repeated installs I'm unsure what should already be there and what shouldn't.

Maybe someone could post some UNinstall instructions so I can start clean? (would flashing the factory 24k firmware achieve this?)

I know I/we/you need to be patient and give the novel 10 or so minutes to properly install everything but it never locks or shows any new icons as described in the instructions.
If you run "adb devices" does PD_Novel show up? If you have no idea what I'm talking about you should probably head over to the Beginner's Guide and make sure your ADB is working. http://www.slatedroid.com/index.php...if-you-dont-read-around-bf-asking/page__st__0
 

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Calendar Sync, for whatever reason, is messed up, so maybe it is graying out the calendar waiting for the sync to finish. (just a guess)

I'm hoping if we're successful getting "real" Eclair the sync issue will be fixed, and if we're lucky the calendar issue might resolve itself.
 
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