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By jacobbones, Senior Member on 13th May 2011, 10:38 AM
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I bought the viewsonic g-tablet. I was thinking of flashing to a rom like vegan mainly to get the android market.

I was wondering though. Say I keep it as stock OS.

Can I download the apps with my pc from the android store and then copy and paste the apk files onto the tablet or onto a sd card and install it onto the tablet that way?
 
 
13th May 2011, 11:42 AM |#2  
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I bought the viewsonic g-tablet. I was thinking of flashing to a rom like vegan mainly to get the android market.

I was wondering though. Say I keep it as stock OS.

Can I download the apps with my pc from the android store and then copy and paste the apk files onto the tablet or onto a sd card and install it onto the tablet that way?

No, you can not download from the Market to your PC, only to an Android device that has Market access.

Sometimes you can find apps on websites (the developers site, this site, etc.) that you can download to your PC and then move over. Other sites hosting files...well some have been hosting modified apps that are infected with viruses so make it much riskier to install.
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Originally Posted by jacobbones

I bought the viewsonic g-tablet. I was thinking of flashing to a rom like vegan mainly to get the android market.

I was wondering though. Say I keep it as stock OS.

Can I download the apps with my pc from the android store and then copy and paste the apk files onto the tablet or onto a sd card and install it onto the tablet that way?

What's the appeal of the stock ROM? Its terrible in my opinion. Flash a custom ROM and you'll never look back. Plus you won't have to hassle with finding apps outside of the official channels and trying to track down a new .apk file when updates are made.

Alternatively, you could use the Amazon App Market instead of Google's. Not nearly the same but at least it's something.

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4th July 2011, 05:55 AM |#4  
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I am not sure what stock rom you had, but I love the 1.2-4349 interface. I love how you have the big widgets that give you weather, news, clock, email etc. I also like how all your other apps are beautifully lined below. I've tried other custom ROM's and I keep on coming back to stock.
The only downside of stock is the lack of gmarket. Once Viewsonic fixes this, then stock is the way to go
4th July 2011, 07:22 AM |#5  
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To me, the stock TnT UI looks like an alarm clock.

Have you tried vtl launcher? Gives you the same app scrolling ability on the bottom.
4th July 2011, 08:49 AM |#6  
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+1 VTL is great. Load your favorite apps in a scroll on the bottom or sides or both. Have 1 h ((ome screen or 7. Its totally customizable. Mountain laurel ( TnTLite 5 based off 4349) at least increases speed, stability, refresh rate on the screen ( you will notice the difference between 52 and 60hz), connectivity and has market . Give it a shot. Roebeet put some serious effort into it and you can find it with a quick Google search. (Its hosted on another site) Or follow the link in goodintentions signature and look under roms.
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There's a tut from Lifehacker that explains the process of installing an android emulator onto your pc & then enabling the Android Market. From here you would simply download your app & then locate the folder with the stored apk.
It takes a bit of work but from what I can gather it should work.
I have the link but I'm not to sure if I can post it.
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There are ways to get a working market without installing a new ROM.

+1 for VTL launcher. I think the screen shots of Launcher Pro are even better looking, but I'm too cheap.
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The only downside of stock is the lack of gmarket. Once Viewsonic fixes this, then stock is the way to go

I will bet you my g-Tablet that Viewsonic is never going to fix this.

It's not terribly difficult to get the Google Android Market working on the stock firmware.
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Originally Posted by jacobbones

I bought the viewsonic g-tablet. I was thinking of flashing to a rom like vegan mainly to get the android market.

I was wondering though. Say I keep it as stock OS.

Can I download the apps with my pc from the android store and then copy and paste the apk files onto the tablet or onto a sd card and install it onto the tablet that way?

Check this post to see how I added GAPPS/Market to my stock 4349 ROM.

http://viewsonic-gtablet-for-dummies...-1-2-4349-gtab

I did this on 2 gTabs before I finally upgraded them to Calkulin+Clemsyn v6 (I'd recommend this ROM/kernal combo) as it is more stable and is "much faster" than the stock 4349 (it's overclocked to 1.5Ghz). If you decide to do this, Contacts "will" no longer work (it force closes whenever you try to open it). That was the only problem I encountered.
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