STOCK TF101 - Factory reset, Google Play Store broken. Ideas?

Trimbleepic

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So, I have a TF101 that I had rooted and played around with.. tried kitkat, ICS, etc... Now I have something else, and I want to give this tablet to someone else.. but I want it to be unrooted, stock rom. So, I flashed it back to factory and reset it. The needs of the next user are extremely simple, so stock should work fine...

...however, I can't get Google Play Store to work at all. I've done much research, and some say to just wait 3+ days for google play services to update itself, etc. no dice... I left it plugged in and running, checking each day to ensure it was still connected to wifi so that it could do whatever it needed to do. Nope. I found a thread on another webforum where someone described the exact problem, then at the end he said "problem solved, thank you" without actually describing what happened. Sad. sigh.

I've noticed that google play services isn't even on the stock firmware. instead, it's called google play framework. Perhaps that's part of the problem? I dunno.

I tried downloading the most recent version of google play services and manually installing the APK, but that didn't work either, google play store keeps crashing. Perhaps I need to also download a few more APK's go go along with it, but I need help identifying what is current.. or at least, I need to identify one recent enough that it can then update it self to current.

So.. I'm stuck. Can someone point me in the right direction to try to bring this fully STOCK TF101 up to at LEAST a version of google play store that works? APKs? tweaks?

Flashing to a custom rom is my LAST resort. I don't need any help doing that.. but I want to try to make Stock work again first.

BTW, that original Youtube app from stock all those years ago... it was pretty cool looking ;) now I'm stuck with it.
 

Trimbleepic

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Sorry if I wasn't clear. I have successfully flashed the unit back to stock rom and completely wiped and reset to factory. then I turned it on, and google play store won't run. I want to install apps normally.
 

petty500

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Sorry if I wasn't clear. I have successfully flashed the unit back to stock rom and completely wiped and reset to factory. then I turned it on, and google play store won't run. I want to install apps normally.
I had the same problem.
I found the newest playstore on internet and installed it.
Then I had no problems anymore.
 

Trimbleepic

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That seems to have worked! I had assumed I would need to update google play services first, but apparely I just needed a new Google Play Store APK. I found one that works here: http://www.apkmirror.com/apk/google...google-play-store-6-0-7-android-apk-download/

I downloaded the APK and ran it, and the play store now runs and is updating all other apps on the old TF101. Sweet.

Dunno if Google Play Framework will automatically replace itself with Google Play Services or what, but I'll keep an eye out for that.
 

Trimbleepic

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Just to followup and close this topic... The tablet is now up and running with multiple apps from the play store, and my wife is now using it to read kindle books and mess with her nursing app. I was planning to give it to her mother, but she intercepted it when it started working ;)

So, basically - if you want to go back to stock firmware - flash to stock, factory reset, then download and install current playstore (as per link above) and don't worry about Google Play Services, it will sort itself out.