[Q] kobo vox: install google market?

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jakeopolis

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hey all,

first post, apologies if this might be in the wrong place.

i've just picked up the kobo vox, and it's awesome, but i can't figure out how to get the android market running. i've got the apk installed, but the device doesn't give me the option to add a google account. the kobo vox explicitly says it supports the android marketplace, so i'm hoping i'm doing something wrong.

thanks!
 

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I'm in the same state. I've looked about and managed to use some of Cyanogen's packages to install a few core stuff like the framework and the market app itself, but trying to run the Market asks me to register a Google account, which always fails saying there was a connection issue. On a further reboot android.process.acore decided to crash every five seconds and I had to reset the device to factory settings.

This kinda sucks because the device is fairly solid, but the default "market" is a joke. I'm already annoyed by the fairly large amount of preinstalled apps (which can't be uninstalled, as usual), but not having proper Market access would probably be a deal killer.
 

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I have run into the same problem. I think that before you can install the full android market we will have to Root the tablet. Has anyone tried the Gingerbreak.apk? Or is there some other way to Root the tablet?

I've tried GingerBreak on my Kobo Vox and it seems to have installed, however I'm not certain the SU access is working properly. When I try repairing permissions in ROM Manager, I get the message "An Error occured trying to run priviledged commands!". It also fails when I try to backup my ROM.

This is honestly the first Android device I've ever owned so I'm not certain that I'm doing everything correctly. I did make sure to allow SuperUser permissions to ROM Manager, but I'm still getting errors. Any help from a Veteran Android user would be appreciated.
 
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Can't get past the Android Login

After rooting and installing Busybox I was able to install the Android Market but every time I try to login the app will not connect to the Market to confirm my ID, it seems to time out. Any Ideas on what I can try?
 

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Turns out my inability to repair permissions was simply due to me not having busybox installed. I can attest that GingerBreak does successfully root the tablet.

I'm hoping I can find a way to install Clockwordmod recovery in order to install the google apps from CM7. I tried simply copying the files into place without success.
 
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So, did you manage to install busybox? What version and where?

Tell me if you manage to install the recovery, the vox don't seem to have one by default.

If we manage to install all the google app and the googleframeworkservice, that would make the tablet a lot better and give the possibility to install the android market.
 
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I was able to install busybox 4.3 /system/xbin. I do not know about a recovery mode but I did manage to put the tablet into "Safe Mode" after it do stock in a loop at bootup but I am not sure how I did it. According to user help you can not update the firmware from the SDcard.
 

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Have you tried to install Clockwordmod?

I managed to install the googleserviceframework, but I need to install some other thing that don't want to install.
I also manage to install youtube (the real one) and it work great, I just can't sign in...

In the accounts & sync settings section, I can create a google account, but It can't communicate with the google server to set up the account, it give me the error:
"Can't establish a reliable data connection to the server."
It's probably cause by some app that I didn't manage to install yet, like "onetimeinitializer", "googlepartnersetup" and some other...
 
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BTallack

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I've managed to install Busybox, but have yet been unsuccessful installing the Google Framework.

I was able to install the Clockwordmod, but I have yet to find a phone or tablet on it's list that is compatible with the Kobo Vox. I'm going to do my research to see if any phones or tablets have similar specs to the Vox and see if that will work. So far I've just been picking at random and trying it.
 

BTallack

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That was my first thought. Unfortunately no luck. With a couple of them I can seem to get them start loading as if they're going into an update but it always errors out. I'm now just systematically going through the list and driving every version.
 
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cmstlist

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If you attempt to install a version of Clockwork made for another device, you'll brick it.

Don't forget that after dropping in the files to the various system directories, you also have to set permit permissions properly.

Also, would be good to request a Kobo Vox forum here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1301121

If anyone in this thread is actually a developer who knows how to compile and so forth, Koush has a brief guide to porting Clockwork:
http://www.koushikdutta.com/2010/10/porting-clockwork-recovery-to-new.html
 
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jakeopolis

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wow, pretty lame that the android market seems not to be supported despite it being touted as an official feature :mad:

on a side note, has anyone figured out how to change or remove that default dock (without rooting)? it's kind of a pain in the ass.
 
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Need Kernal Version & Build Number

I have to return my Kobo Vox because the speaker is not working. Under Privacy Settings I have done a Factory Data Reset but I am still showing the Super Icon. Does anyone have a copy of the original firmware or know how to unroot the device?
 

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wow, pretty lame that the android market seems not to be supported despite it being touted as an official feature :mad:

on a side note, has anyone figured out how to change or remove that default dock (without rooting)? it's kind of a pain in the ass.

Official marketing material says apps but doesn't say Android Market. Some media outlets misquoted and wrote Market falsely.

Sent from my Nook Color!
 

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I have to return my Kobo Vox because the speaker is not working. Under Privacy Settings I have done a Factory Data Reset but I am still showing the Super Icon. Does anyone have a copy of the original firmware or know how to unroot the device?

Factory Reset just clears the data partition but doesn't reset the system partition.

Until someone properly compiles a custom recovery or finds a stock reset file, there's no safe way back.

Sent from my Nook Color!
 

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    [HOW-TO] Install Android Market and Google Apps on Kobo Vox

    I found the instructions (both in this thread and other sites) a bit confusing, so I've cleaned it up a bit and complied it into one post.

    I take no credit for the method. Here is the reference where most of the info came from: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1890381&postcount=33

    1) On your device, go to Menu -> Settings -> Applications and ensure "Unknown Sources" is checked, then press development and enable "USB debugging";
    2) On your device, download and install GingerBreak-V1.20.apk from here;
    3) Open Gingerbreak and click on "root device". Your device will reboot. You are now rooted;
    4) On your device, download a file manager that has root access (like ES File Explorer or File Expert), and install it;
    5) On your computer, downloaded and extract gapps-gb-20110828-signed.zip from here;
    6) Transfer the following files from the extracted zip (on your computer) in the /system/app folder to a microsd card, and place the microsd card in your device:
    - GenieWidget.apk
    - GoogleBackupTransport.apk
    - GoogleCalendarSyncAdapter.apk
    - GoogleContactsSyncAdapter.apk
    - GoogleFeedback.apk
    - GooglePartnerSetup.apk
    - GoogleServicesFramework.apk
    - MarketUpdater.apk
    - MediaUploader.apk
    - NetworkLocation.apk
    - OneTimeInitializer.apk
    - Vending.apk
    7) On your device, using your file manager, mount the /system partition as read-write;
    8) On your device, copy all the apk's from step 6 to the /system/app directory using your file manager;
    9) On your device, set the permissions to 644 (Owner : read/write, group read, everyone read) using your file manager; *see not below;
    11) Restarted your device;
    12) Go to Menu -> Settings -> Accounts & Sync, and add your Google account;
    13) Launch market;
    14) Download YouTube and GMail if you so desire.
    15) Done. Enjoy!

    *Note: If you can't figure out how to change permissions in your file manager, you can download Terminal emulator, install it, open it, and type the following:
    su
    chmod 0644 /system/app/GenieWidget.apk
    chmod 0644 /system/app/GoogleBackupTransport.apk
    chmod 0644 /system/app/GoogleCalendarSyncAdapter.apk
    chmod 0644 /system/app/GoogleContactsSyncAdapter.apk
    chmod 0644 /system/app/GoogleFeedback.apk
    chmod 0644 /system/app/GooglePartnerSetup.apk
    chmod 0644 /system/app/GoogleServicesFramework.apk
    chmod 0644 /system/app/MarketUpdater.apk
    chmod 0644 /system/app/MediaUploader.apk
    chmod 0644 /system/app/NetworkLocation.apk
    chmod 0644 /system/app/OneTimeInitializer.apk
    chmod 0644 /system/app/Vending.apk
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    GMarket almost installed and working...plus extras!

    I went about this a little bit differently...I tried some of what I read in various posts here and on MobileRead Forums. Thought I would share. The following WILL get Google Market installed on your Kobo eVox, BUT there is still the problem of being able to log onto their servers (error message after entering User ID/Pass and clicking on "Sign In"), which I haven't figured out yet. Maybe someone else who is also trying might have the solution?

    I've also attached (Mediafire link to files) all the .apk's for side loading from your external micro SD card, to make this super easy for everyone (I like easy ) In addition to Google Market, other steps need to be taken to root the eVox, and to add easy reboot functionality that currently doesn't exist on the eVox (power off only gives option to shutdown, but not to reboot or quick reboot). Apps like Kindle, QuickOffice, etc. are impossible to install without access to the Google Market, but I've included these apps -- that's right, now your Kobo eVox can be a Kobo AND Kindle eReader!

    www [dot] mediafire [dot] com/download [dot] php?x79d09632l73auy (sorry, but newbies cannot post a proper link, so you'll have to cut, edit, and paste)

    www [dot] mediafire [dot] com/download [dot] php?tk76784u6prrkpb (sorry, but newbies cannot post a proper link, so you'll have to cut, edit, and paste)

    Steps:
    Run Gingerbreak.apk
    (After reboot) Run stericson.busybox.apk
    (after reboot) Run LiGux.apk
    (after reboot) Run GoogleServicesFramework.apk
    (after reboot) Run vending.apk
    (after reboot) Run NetworkLocation.apk
    Run OneTimeInitializer.apk (*this would not install for me)
    Run SetUpWizard.apk (*this wouldn't install for me)
    Run kindle...apk (*optional)
    Run QuickOffice...apk (*optional)

    After all this, you'll have a PERMANENTLY rooted eVox, plus Kindle (optional), plus QuickOffice (optional), plus Market (partially working), plus LiGux reboot menu! Hope this helps, and to return the favour, please reply with any new developments in getting Market fully functional. For some reason I could NOT install the .apk's for "OneTimeInitializer" and "SetUpWizard" that are listed as required for successful install of GMarket? I get an error message on the eVox after clicking on "Install" that says "Application not installed". Cheers!
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    Kobo released a new update in North America yesterday, it is being referred to as the March 2 2012 update. I have some news, the GingerBreak method is not working any more, but zergrush works, I tried zergrush v4.

    In order to get the Kobo connected through ADB to run zergrush, you need to follow some special instructions. These are the instructions for Windows:

    1) On the machine, install Android SDK, get the platform-tools and extras USB driver.
    2) Set the kobo to USB debugging mode under applications -> Development
    3) Plug in the Kobo into the USB
    3) Go into Device Manager and find the K080... device listed, double click on it and manually select the driver located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\extras\google (or C:\Program File\Android\android-sdk\extras\google)
    4) Edit (or create) the file adb_usb.ini under your userprofile\.android folder, (on win7/vista it's C:\users\myusername\.android, XP and older it is C:\documents and settings\myusername\.android ) add the following line
    Code:
    0x2237
    The entry needs to exist on a line by itself.
    5) Restart the machine
    6) run zergrush!

    I actually edited my zergrush script to use my system's adb, instead of the one packaged with zergrush, after including the platform-tools folder in my system path.

    Once rooting, I was able to re-install the Google apps using my program OogleVox without a problem.

    Most of this information came from the following post on mobileread: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1988371&postcount=13
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    Hi Everyone,

    I have created a program to do this installation. :)

    It's my first real Android app, so let me know if there are bugs with it. I have tested it with the latest Kobo version, I think mine is from December 19 2011.

    You can download it from here : http://tinyurl.com/ooglevox-v1

    Also attached to this thread.

    If you like it donate! :)

    I also think this app might be compatible with any gingerbread device that doesn't have gapps installed, but don't quote me. All you need is to be rooted and have about 15mb of free space on your internal system. You also need an sdcard loaded, but the kobo is setup to have one built in automatically, so just make sure there is about 15mb free on the sdcard. If anything is left in the OogleVox folder on the sdcard after installation, just delete it.
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    Google Android Market

    So, when you try to register the Kobo Vox with your Google Account, here's what is really going on:

    I/CheckinTask( 2545): Sending checkin request (11133 bytes)
    E/CheckinTask( 2545): Checkin failed: https colon slash slash android.clients.google.com/checkin (request #0)
    E/CheckinTask( 2545): java.io.IOException: Rejected response from server: HTTP/1.1 400 invalid hardware identifier: "xx.xx.xx.xx.xx.xx" is not a valid MAC address (expect 12 hex digits)

    The problem here is that Android is reporting to the application the mac address of the device, formatted with periods between the digits.

    If the app is querying a config file, it should be as easy as taking the periods out saving the file and trying again.

    If the Google Initializer App is querying another process (the Atheros wireless driver, etc) then you'd have to re-compile that program to report the mac without separators (periods, colons, spaces).

    If all you want is Google Android Market, you shouldn't need to root the tablet. Just install the GoogleFramework apk's, and somehow present the devices mac address without separators. Even once the device is registered with your Google Account, all Google Apps will probably need the mac formatted properly to sync, etc.

    So, if someone can figure out if this is a value in a config file somewhere (easy fix) or if a process is what's reporting this (not so easy but doable), that's probably all that's preventing Google Android Market access on the Kobo Vox.
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