Guide installing android apps on the lenovo smart clock 2.

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willbilec

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Jul 4, 2014
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2
Google Pixel 4a
Hello, in this guide I am going to describe how to side load android apps on the lenovo smart clock 2.



Requirements.

A device to use the google home app.

A List of apps you want to install, make sure you have a keyboard and home screen launcher in mind.

Not a requirement but basic understanding of the talk back screen reader will be helpful.

Next some things to be aware of.

While ADB is in developer settings I haven’t found a way to connect the clock to a pc using the dock I tried a usb C to A cable but that did not work.

The draw over other apps permission is unavailable.



Here are the specks that we are working with.

Processor

MediaTek™ MT8167S Processor (1.50 GHz)

Operating System

Android 10

Display Type

4.0" LCD IPS Touchscreen

Memory

1 GB

Hard Drive

8 GB Flash We have about 3.3 GB free.

Finally, I am visually impaired so the way I describe things may not make sense for some. If you have trouble understanding please let me know.

Note You are doing all this at your own risk. However, everything is easy to undo with a factory reset.

Instructions for factory resetting.

  • Flip the mute switch to muted.
  • Press both volume buttons for ten seconds.
  • A window should now come up asking if you want to reset. If nothing is pressed the device will auto reset in a minute.
  • OK, let’s start.
  • Find a website where the apk is that you want to install.
  • Now find a way where that website will come up in a google search.
  • Note do to how google displays the search button may not be available, so we will have to rely on Google’s auto complete feature.
  • Examples:
  • If you were looking for nova launcher, you would be using nova launcher.ap we will want google to finish adding the K.
  • Add this word to your calendar. For example,nova launcher.ap
  • Make sure this is the same calendar that the clock is signed in to.
  • Next open the google home app. Find your device click on settings then accessibility.
  • Next click the switch next to screenreader.
Your clock should now start talking or making sounds.

If so, ask google “what’s on my calendar?” Swipe right until the event you added is spoken or highlighted.

Next swipe down and right in a single motion an L shape.

Swipe right until copy last utterance is selected double tap, if successful the menu should disappear.

It may take a few tries to get it.



Next open the same menu, (swipe down and right.)

Swipe until talkback settings is selected. Double tap again.

A new screen should appear.

Now swipe, swipe a lot until privacy policy is selected.

Double tap, a browser should now open.

Swipe and double tap to allow all the permissions.

Next swipe until google apps is selected. Double tap then find search and double tap to activate.

Find the search box, double tap to get into it.

Now swipe up and right in a single motion

If successful a new menu should come up. Find edit then activate paste.

If the text gets pasted in the search box, you can now turn off talkback.

Back on your phone flip the switch next to screenreader.

Now here is where things get difficult, the text should be in the box, But I was not able to see the search button with talkback. If you see the button, try turning off

talkback and pressing it

If the search button does not show up here is where you will have to rely on Google auto complete suggestions.

You should have a pretty good idea of what to do from here.

Note that when you download something a window will come up with all downloaded files. The first time you install an apk you will have to click allow from this source when that window comes up.

Notes.

I recommend you install something like nova launcher, for a replacement home screen.

When you install a replacement home screen you will have to click always on the new window that will pop up.

If you want to get back to the regular clock interface, launch the home app.

Any questions feal free to ask.

Remember doing a factory reset will clear all changes made.
 

willbilec

New member
Jul 4, 2014
3
2
Google Pixel 4a
Most apps should work, since this is basically android 10, but here are some ideas.
1. Aurora Store
Allows you to download apps from google play without play services installed.
2. any voice recorder, you can record audio, but I recommend turning the microphone gain up since the microphone is a little quiet. Note, that when recording Google assistant will not be listening.
3
Ultimate alexa.
Allows amazon alexa to be used. with wake word and all.
4. Last launcher.
A simple and small launcher that will show all apps on one page.
The built in browser seems to work well.
You could also install youtube vanst so that youtube could work on the clock.
 

ggreenwood334

Senior Member
May 26, 2013
663
158
Google Pixel 6 Pro
Mainly want to get the Google home app on there.

Need some help. Got nova launcher running. Then when I applied my nova settings, it went back to the Lenovo home screen. How do I get it back to nova? Lol

Nevermind. I found it.

Most apps should work, since this is basically android 10, but here are some ideas.
1. Aurora Store
Allows you to download apps from google play without play services installed.
2. any voice recorder, you can record audio, but I recommend turning the microphone gain up since the microphone is a little quiet. Note, that when recording Google assistant will not be listening.
3
Ultimate alexa.
Allows amazon alexa to be used. with wake word and all.
4. Last launcher.
A simple and small launcher that will show all apps on one page.
The built in browser seems to work well.
Most apps should work, since this is basically android 10, but here are some ideas.
1. Aurora Store
Allows you to download apps from google play without play services installed.
2. any voice recorder, you can record audio, but I recommend turning the microphone gain up since the microphone is a little quiet. Note, that when recording Google assistant will not be listening.
3
Ultimate alexa.
Allows amazon alexa to be used. with wake word and all.
4. Last launcher.
A simple and small launcher that will show all apps on one page.
The built in browser seems to work well.
You could also install youtube vanst so that youtube could work on the clock.
Is there a quick way to get back to nova launcher when I decide to be on the clock for a while.
You could also install youtube vanst so that youtube could work on the clock.
 

willbilec

New member
Jul 4, 2014
3
2
Google Pixel 4a
If you open the home app, not assistant core. their is a app called home, this app should allow you to get back to the default launcher if you do the back gesture.
 

nihonjin

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Aug 24, 2008
139
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Any chance you can do a YouTube guide on how to do this. I would love to be able to install Auora OSS to easily install other apps. Thanks.
 
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Etan1

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I am going to make a YouTube tutorial and how to connect Bluetooth keyboard! NOT USB !!!!!!DONGLE!!!!!!
 

Hash.H

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Oct 22, 2014
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Boston, MA
Hello, in this guide I am going to describe how to side load android apps on the lenovo smart clock 2.



Requirements.

A device to use the google home app.

A List of apps you want to install, make sure you have a keyboard and home screen launcher in mind.

Not a requirement but basic understanding of the talk back screen reader will be helpful.

Next some things to be aware of.

While ADB is in developer settings I haven’t found a way to connect the clock to a pc using the dock I tried a usb C to A cable but that did not work.

The draw over other apps permission is unavailable.



Here are the specks that we are working with.

Processor

MediaTek™ MT8167S Processor (1.50 GHz)

Operating System

Android 10

Display Type

4.0" LCD IPS Touchscreen

Memory

1 GB

Hard Drive

8 GB Flash We have about 3.3 GB free.

Finally, I am visually impaired so the way I describe things may not make sense for some. If you have trouble understanding please let me know.

Note You are doing all this at your own risk. However, everything is easy to undo with a factory reset.

Instructions for factory resetting.

  • Flip the mute switch to muted.
  • Press both volume buttons for ten seconds.
  • A window should now come up asking if you want to reset. If nothing is pressed the device will auto reset in a minute.
  • OK, let’s start.
  • Find a website where the apk is that you want to install.
  • Now find a way where that website will come up in a google search.
  • Note do to how google displays the search button may not be available, so we will have to rely on Google’s auto complete feature.
  • Examples:
  • If you were looking for nova launcher, you would be using nova launcher.ap we will want google to finish adding the K.
  • Add this word to your calendar. For example,nova launcher.ap
  • Make sure this is the same calendar that the clock is signed in to.
  • Next open the google home app. Find your device click on settings then accessibility.
  • Next click the switch next to screenreader.
Your clock should now start talking or making sounds.

If so, ask google “what’s on my calendar?” Swipe right until the event you added is spoken or highlighted.

Next swipe down and right in a single motion an L shape.

Swipe right until copy last utterance is selected double tap, if successful the menu should disappear.

It may take a few tries to get it.



Next open the same menu, (swipe down and right.)

Swipe until talkback settings is selected. Double tap again.

A new screen should appear.

Now swipe, swipe a lot until privacy policy is selected.

Double tap, a browser should now open.

Swipe and double tap to allow all the permissions.

Next swipe until google apps is selected. Double tap then find search and double tap to activate.

Find the search box, double tap to get into it.

Now swipe up and right in a single motion

If successful a new menu should come up. Find edit then activate paste.

If the text gets pasted in the search box, you can now turn off talkback.

Back on your phone flip the switch next to screenreader.

Now here is where things get difficult, the text should be in the box, But I was not able to see the search button with talkback. If you see the button, try turning off

talkback and pressing it

If the search button does not show up here is where you will have to rely on Google auto complete suggestions.

You should have a pretty good idea of what to do from here.

Note that when you download something a window will come up with all downloaded files. The first time you install an apk you will have to click allow from this source when that window comes up.

Notes.

I recommend you install something like nova launcher, for a replacement home screen.

When you install a replacement home screen you will have to click always on the new window that will pop up.

If you want to get back to the regular clock interface, launch the home app.

Any questions feal free to ask.

Remember doing a factory reset will clear all changes made.
So my issue here is how to enable the screen reader using the google home app on iOS. I think they removed it
 

supermaxkato

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Feb 21, 2010
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So after installing Nova Launcher there will be a pop-up we always have to click? Is that the choose default launcher pop-up?
 

supermaxkato

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Feb 21, 2010
196
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@willbilec Could you please list what software build version you have? Because I can get to auroraoss and nova launcher but when I click the download APK button the button flashes (so I know it was clicked), but nothing happens? No pop-up to click install. What am I missing?
 

dmorales023

Member
Dec 26, 2016
33
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I am facing the same problem, after clicking on the download link nothing happens. Has the download capability been disabled on the latest build? I know that as soon as I turned on the device and got it connected it performed an update
 

Sonalk

Member
May 9, 2018
10
0
After I've added the link to my calendar and ask google to show my calendar she says she can't find anything in my calendar. Is this patched?
 

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    Hello, in this guide I am going to describe how to side load android apps on the lenovo smart clock 2.



    Requirements.

    A device to use the google home app.

    A List of apps you want to install, make sure you have a keyboard and home screen launcher in mind.

    Not a requirement but basic understanding of the talk back screen reader will be helpful.

    Next some things to be aware of.

    While ADB is in developer settings I haven’t found a way to connect the clock to a pc using the dock I tried a usb C to A cable but that did not work.

    The draw over other apps permission is unavailable.



    Here are the specks that we are working with.

    Processor

    MediaTek™ MT8167S Processor (1.50 GHz)

    Operating System

    Android 10

    Display Type

    4.0" LCD IPS Touchscreen

    Memory

    1 GB

    Hard Drive

    8 GB Flash We have about 3.3 GB free.

    Finally, I am visually impaired so the way I describe things may not make sense for some. If you have trouble understanding please let me know.

    Note You are doing all this at your own risk. However, everything is easy to undo with a factory reset.

    Instructions for factory resetting.

    • Flip the mute switch to muted.
    • Press both volume buttons for ten seconds.
    • A window should now come up asking if you want to reset. If nothing is pressed the device will auto reset in a minute.
    • OK, let’s start.
    • Find a website where the apk is that you want to install.
    • Now find a way where that website will come up in a google search.
    • Note do to how google displays the search button may not be available, so we will have to rely on Google’s auto complete feature.
    • Examples:
    • If you were looking for nova launcher, you would be using nova launcher.ap we will want google to finish adding the K.
    • Add this word to your calendar. For example,nova launcher.ap
    • Make sure this is the same calendar that the clock is signed in to.
    • Next open the google home app. Find your device click on settings then accessibility.
    • Next click the switch next to screenreader.
    Your clock should now start talking or making sounds.

    If so, ask google “what’s on my calendar?” Swipe right until the event you added is spoken or highlighted.

    Next swipe down and right in a single motion an L shape.

    Swipe right until copy last utterance is selected double tap, if successful the menu should disappear.

    It may take a few tries to get it.



    Next open the same menu, (swipe down and right.)

    Swipe until talkback settings is selected. Double tap again.

    A new screen should appear.

    Now swipe, swipe a lot until privacy policy is selected.

    Double tap, a browser should now open.

    Swipe and double tap to allow all the permissions.

    Next swipe until google apps is selected. Double tap then find search and double tap to activate.

    Find the search box, double tap to get into it.

    Now swipe up and right in a single motion

    If successful a new menu should come up. Find edit then activate paste.

    If the text gets pasted in the search box, you can now turn off talkback.

    Back on your phone flip the switch next to screenreader.

    Now here is where things get difficult, the text should be in the box, But I was not able to see the search button with talkback. If you see the button, try turning off

    talkback and pressing it

    If the search button does not show up here is where you will have to rely on Google auto complete suggestions.

    You should have a pretty good idea of what to do from here.

    Note that when you download something a window will come up with all downloaded files. The first time you install an apk you will have to click allow from this source when that window comes up.

    Notes.

    I recommend you install something like nova launcher, for a replacement home screen.

    When you install a replacement home screen you will have to click always on the new window that will pop up.

    If you want to get back to the regular clock interface, launch the home app.

    Any questions feal free to ask.

    Remember doing a factory reset will clear all changes made.
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    Any chance you can do a YouTube guide on how to do this. I would love to be able to install Auora OSS to easily install other apps. Thanks.