NT 1.4.1 and Android Market
: I tried a few things on another NT running 1.4.1 and I was able to get the Android Market working. Here are the steps I followed:
Both of the units I have the market working on were initially rooted on 1.4.0 and Google Apps installed using the method described by Indirect
. Note that this did not include installing the FOTAkill.apk which prevents Firmware Over-The-Air upgrades.
On the first unit the Google Apps packages were side loaded prior to rooting as described by Anlog
The second unit I did not side load Google Apps first, instead installing them as part of Indirect's root kit.
Both units also had the tgps_launcher package installed. It is not necessary to use this particular package (you could use AnyCut to create the shortcut). If you do not side load the Google Apps apks prior to upgrade to 1.4.1 you will need some method to get back to the Application Settings screen.
Firmware 1.4.1 arrived on both Nook Tablets. On the first tablet that had Google Apps side loaded the market and Google Mail continued to work properly. On the second tablet that installed Google Apps as root the market and Google Mail both stopped working.
On the second unit I used tgps_launcher to get to the Application Settings screen. I disabled auto-mount, and enabled USB debugging (twice, once for each check box). I then connected the USB cable to my PC where the unit showed up as an Android Phone.
Launch a command prompt. Change directory to C:\ntroot (this is where you unzipped Indirect's files right?). Then execute the following commands:
C:\ntroot>adb install system\app\GoogleServicesFramework.apk
2869 KB/s (2238785 bytes in 0.762s)
C:\ntroot>adb install system\app\MediaUploader.apk
1988 KB/s (270892 bytes in 0.133s)
Once these steps were completed I was able to launch Android Market and I was prompted to sign in to my account. Once signed in I could install new apps and upgrade existing apps from the Android Market.
Also, if you need to manage the Google accounts on your Nook Tablet, you can get to the account management screen from the GMail app. Launch GMail, then click the soft menu button. Select Accounts. Click the soft menu button again and choose Account Settings. This displays the Account Settings activity where you can add a new account, adjust the sync settings for existing accounts, or delete an account.
I've read in several other threads that post 1.4.1 update a lot of folks are experiencing trouble with Android Market. Am I the only lucky one who can still use the Android Market after the 1.4.1 upgrade?
Here are some notes on my experience:
- My NT firmware version is 1.4.1
- I no longer have root access
- Side loading from the nook tablet no longer works
- I can still purchase and install apps via the Android Market properly
Since side loading doesn't work I can't purchase apps via alternative markets (Amazon, AppBrain, GetJar, etc). It also appears that the files I replaced in /system/apps have been at least partially restored (Google Calendar is missing, the keyboard is now a weird mashup of the NT stock keyboard and the honeycomb keyboard).
Thinking back on the initial steps I took with my nook tablet, I first side loaded all of the google apps prior to rooting. That meant I had an installed copy of Android Market and GMail outside of /system/apps. I was also able to launch the Android Market and setup my google account, but received the familiar crash at that point. I then rooted and installed google apps to /system/apps which left me with a working Android Market. I'm wondering if that first step of side loading google apps prior to root is why I have a working Android Market now on firmware 1.4.1.
Anyone else have a working Android Market on 1.4.1? If so, was your setup process similar to mine, or different in some way?