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Upgrading Glory Star Nebula 21.5" Tablet to basic Android Rom

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ssxrnr

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Yeah no worries I have tried many options and at this point I don't think it's possible. Something to do with Google play store not sure exactly what. Tried ti side load from multiple downloaders no luck.
 

nmhusa

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Yeah no worries I have tried many options and at this point I don't think it's possible. Something to do with Google play store not sure exactly what. Tried ti side load from multiple downloaders no luck.
I was able to download the Zwift app from an APK repository. I'll fiddle with it an see if I can get it working.
 

ssxrnr

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Thanks let me know if that works, appreciate the help. Would much rather use the 22" display as opposed to cast to a TV>
 

tumbles87

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Setting up your Access.
1. Go to About Tablet and click on the build number 5 times to enable your Dev options. In this menu, you'll need to allow installs from unknown sources, USB debugging, etc.

2. Next we'll want to replace the Home app that is currently in your Default app setup. This is what launches the Echelon app at startup.

3. Go to About Tablet > Android Version . Click on "Android Security Patch Level". This should launch a browser window.

4. Download Lawnchair 2 from Aptoide (Ensure all 3 buttons on the bottom work)

Because QDomydos wouldn't work from amazon store, we had to do this workaround:
5. Download MyBackupPro from Amazon store (I had to purchase mybackuppro from amazon store and google play)

6. On an android device (If you only have IOS, you can utilize an emulator like Bluestack to do this), download Qdomydos and mybackuppro and backup Qdomydos to it.

7. Restore the backup app on the tablet. You should have Qdomydos now.

8. Download pelaton (I think I think this from aptoide)

9. Activate force activities to be re-sizable option: I believe you go to settings -> systems -> developer options -> scroll all the way to the bottom to click to activate

10. Now you should be able to hold the square button to have both Qdomydos and Pelaton to be in split screen

I have an Echelon-4s+ (the new version with the 15.6 tablet on Android 8). I'm wondering if anyone has thoughts on some of the issues I'm running into.

My main issue at this moment is I have no soft buttons (back, home, etc. for the lack of hardware buttons) when I instal Lawnchair even after clearing the tablet and installing through aptoide. I haven't read a lot of other people having this problem but if anyone else has found a solution I'd really appreciate it. I've also briefly tried Nova Launcher and as far as I can tell no ability to get these soft buttons on the screen either.

Any other launchers the people have had success with? I'm really not looking for any special functionality. Just want soft button for home/back etc. and an easy-ish way to open up apps.

Thank you! This thread has been great. If I can get this sorted out I'd be happy to write something up for the 4s+.

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As an aside, I feel like to get through some of these steps I've had some extra steps which might be specific to this version of the tablet or my android version. For example, after choosing to download an apk through the browser it purely downloads it and doesn't instal it. I had to figure out through the settings how to open up the file explorer and then manually instal from there.

I also had a hell of a time getting the echelon app to stop defaulting to the home app. I'm not even sure I figured this out really but I eventually figured out a way to delete it which may have solved this? Still need to get this button issues worked out.
 

Fewez

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I have an Echelon-4s+ (the new version with the 15.6 tablet on Android 8). I'm wondering if anyone has thoughts on some of the issues I'm running into.

My main issue at this moment is I have no soft buttons (back, home, etc. for the lack of hardware buttons) when I instal Lawnchair even after clearing the tablet and installing through aptoide. I haven't read a lot of other people having this problem but if anyone else has found a solution I'd really appreciate it. I've also briefly tried Nova Launcher and as far as I can tell no ability to get these soft buttons on the screen either.

Any other launchers the people have had success with? I'm really not looking for any special functionality. Just want soft button for home/back etc. and an easy-ish way to open up apps.

Thank you! This thread has been great. If I can get this sorted out I'd be happy to write something up for the 4s+.

_____

As an aside, I feel like to get through some of these steps I've had some extra steps which might be specific to this version of the tablet or my android version. For example, after choosing to download an apk through the browser it purely downloads it and doesn't instal it. I had to figure out through the settings how to open up the file explorer and then manually instal from there.

I also had a hell of a time getting the echelon app to stop defaulting to the home app. I'm not even sure I figured this out really but I eventually figured out a way to delete it which may have solved this? Still need to get this button issues worked out.

I’m having the same issue. How do you open up the file explorer and install from there?
 

TMBoss

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I have the Walmart connect sport S with 10” screen. Wondering how wife friendly this is once you set it up? Has any taken a video of your end result functionality?
 

ZeeLurker

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Hi all, I've read this thread a few times -- can't find the answer.

I can get to browser and download the lawnchair APK... but I do not know of a way to actually INSTALL the APK to set lawnchair as the default home app.

Normally I would go to files/explorer where it is downloaded, but without a home app I do not not know how.

Thanks!
 

skyfxl

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Hi all, I've read this thread a few times -- can't find the answer.

I can get to browser and download the lawnchair APK... but I do not know of a way to actually INSTALL the APK to set lawnchair as the default home app.

Normally I would go to files/explorer where it is downloaded, but without a home app I do not not know how.

Thanks!
If I remember correctly, I launched the APK from the Downloads view of the web browser.
 

Mook613

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I picked up the EX4S+ from Costco thinking that I'd be able to use it with Zwift on the nice touch screen and have ERG mode available.
After reading through this thread, it's clear that currently, Zwift isn't an option as it requires an android unit that has Google Play Services. Okay, well at least I can use it with Peleton, which has much lower monthly fees... not so fast.

I downloaded Lawnchair 2 through Aptoide and came to the first hurdle; the EX4S+ does not have an easy way to access the downloads. The workaround was to use the search feature at the top of the settings menu and search for 'files'. Once there, you can select the folder and go to downloads.

Once Lawnchair 2 was loaded up, the 3 tray buttons did not appear. I have gone through the settings, but I cannot seem to figure out what to do. Is the EX4S+ different??
Anybody have any luck with it?

Further, setting the default home app to Lawnchair doesn't do anything. The Echelon app will override this setting at every restart and there is seemingly no way to keep the Echelon App installed and have another app selected as the home app.
 

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    Part of the problem is the stock Echelon app disables the android buttons/actions. I even tried installing various menu button apps, which did overlay on the Echelon app, but they were all non-functioning.

    Right now I'm trying out the Peloton app (via the tablet) and just using the Echelon (on my phone) for resistance/cadence. I plan to try the other app you mentioned.
    By the way, the qdomyos-zwift app also gives you a resistance setting converted for Peloton. Attached is a pic of someone's setup on their FB site...
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    I just received my EX5S and with all your help I was able to get into the admin area and install all the apps I wanted. I can now use the iFit app with this bike and thanks to the awesome qdomyos-zwift app I can keep track of my workouts from my phone. Unlike some of you here I was also able to install YouTube with no issue. As far as switching between apps, I installed "EAS: Easy App Switcher" which allows you to swipe in from the right to bring up a wheel menu with your recent apps and a double swipe brings a menu with all your apps. From there you can switch to other apps. I've also installed "Navigation Gestures - Swipe Gesture Controls!" which does similar things, I'll play with both and probably just keep 1 of them. It looks like you can install "service" apps which run as services and therefore won't be killed by other apps. BTW, this tablet came installed with Android 9.
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    I just bought an Echelon spin bike and it came with a Glory Star Nebula 21.5" (glorystartouch.com/product/Kiosk-Tablet/NEB-215) The specs are on that page. It runs android 7.1.2 and uses a kiosk lock ap called STAROS

    I am able to get to the main program and sideload most anything.

    Tap at the bottom right corner 5 times, password is either "0000" or "1085"

    I've installed Nova Launcher which helps, but most apps I have installed need a newer version. I have not been able to get play store working yet as the google services is touchy.

    I'm looking for a basic android experience. The native app works on all android devices so i can just install and run it when cycling and wanting to use their app.

    Any help or ideas would be good.

    Also, they have disabled the power button so I have to use a small ubs keyboard when i boot into the android recovery mode.

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    You are welcome! And congrats for joining the community.

    Just tried to install YouTube, no avail. YouTube requires google play store service and that requires the device to have a GSF ID. As one of the previous message in this thread, this tablet does not have that ID. I installed the “Device ID” app to confirm this. Further tweaking might be risky (possibly voiding the warranty).

    Anyhow, if it’s just YouTube you want, you can just open browser and watch it there.

    I also got inspired from a previous post in this thread to install the nova launcher, and choose that as my Home app, instead of starOS. So now I get more complete Android experience. There are third party apps which can takes care of updating apps, like Yalp.

    (I’m an Android newbie, this is the first Android device I used primarily for something. I have several cheap Android phones with pay-as-you-go SIM cards left in cars as emergency backups.)

    BTW, having access to the Android system settings had helped me setting up two Bluetooth speakers with this tablet. One is Amazon Echo Dot, the other is Bose mini 2. Both of them was not recognized inside the EchelonFit app, but once I got the paired via the Android OS settings, they were connected fine and recognized by EchelonFit. Echelon’s official FAQ suggests users to by a separate Bluetooth receiver if they couldn’t pair their speaker in this case. That’s just ridiculous. My impression so far with the company is they need to pay more attention to details, such as the user manual, app experience, website user portal etc. All needs improvement. The EX-5s does seem to be a quick product targeting peloton. Hope they will improve the software side of things over the years. So far I’m pleased with the hardware though.

    Thanks again for checking to see if it would work out! That is so badass that you figured out how to do it!!! I should be getting my bike in the next couple of weeks and I will give it a try!

    Have a good one
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    So my desire is to run Zwift App on the main screen of the EX5s. Want to link to Strava to record data. Do I need to also run the Qdomyos to have the ability to do this? Run it on my phone? If someone can walk me thru the steps to accomplish it would be greatly appreciated. Zwift companion needed?
    Where is the Zwift app available to download?
    I was able to download the zswift app from Amazon appstore after downloading and installing that and logging in with my Amazon account. Costs a few dollars but well worth it.