Many thanks to the original authors of the posts linked here. I'm just referencing them. They were the folks who did the real work figuring this stuff out. If you get a chance, hit the Thanks button on their posts. Especial thanks to kennyminot & brianb5010, who pioneered getting a working Market.
Nifty Things To Do with the PE:
- Install the Amazon App Store
Entourage has closed its doors and will no longer be offering its meager selection of apps through the Store that comes pre-loaded on the device. They recommend installing the Amazon App Store. I do too because it's probably the easiest way to get z4root to root your device.
- Root Your Device
Install z4root from the Amazon App Store and select the Permanent Root option. The app does the rest. So easy!
- Sideload Apps from Your Computer or Another Android Device
Method 1: Download the apk to your computer and then connect your PE to the computer via USB. Mount your PE and transfer the apk file from your computer to your PE. Unmount PE, locate the transferred apk, click on it to install.
Method 2: You must have a Dropbox account for this to work. On your other Android device or your PC, place the desired apk in your Dropbox. Access Dropbox on your PE via the app or via the Dropbox webpage and download the file. Locate the apk on your PE (usually in sdcard/dropbox) and click to install.
- Backup/Restore Your Apps
Install Titanium Backup from the Amazon App Store (or sideload it from another source). Titanium Backup is a Swiss Army Knife app. It does many many useful things, including backup your apps with all their settings. IMO, it's worth every penny for the Pro version. Having a working copy of Titanium Backup is necessary for getting Google apps up and running on this device.
- Get Google Apps Working
Yes, you can get Android Market, Gmail, Calendar Sync, etc working on the PE. Detailed instructions are HERE.
- Switch Internal Memory & SD
- Restore Your System
If you mess up your device or simply want to return to factory settings, follow the instructions HERE. Note: restoring via this update.zip will revert your PE back to Dingo (Android 1.6). It's a good idea to download the update file now to have on hand in case of emergency because Entourage is discontinuing the PE and it's not known how long the related websites will remain available. Click HERE to download the Ermine update.zip so you won't be stuck on Dingo if you need to restore. Thanks to the geniuses on MobileRead Forums for discovering the download link for Ermine.
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