New BlackBerry PlayBook owner. Please advise !

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  1. maltloaf's Avatar

    maltloaf said:

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    hi,

    due to the Currys fire sale, I've picked up a BlackBerry PlayBook.
    This is my first BlackBerry device and I've no clue whatsoever what I need to do.

    Where do I start ?
    What do I need ?

    I'm sure there will be a few new owners over the next few days so any advice gratefully received.

    cheers,

    malty
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    chris71 said:

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    Go here and input your details for access to the OS 2 Beta : [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    You can then install the firmware directly via the software update option on the playbook.

    Apart from that I haven't had much time to try anything else..hopefully someone has worked out how to install Android apps....and maybe a recommendation on a good email app?
     
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    maltloaf said:

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    Thanks, didn't realise it was an official beta, can you roll back if needs be ?
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    chris71 said:

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    Yeah, although I haven't tried yet but the link to the rollback guide is at the bottom of the link
     
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    B B Leo said:

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    Malty what r u like. U just can't help u self. Malty just loves his toys
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  6. maltloaf's Avatar

    maltloaf said:

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    Right, installing the Beta as I type this (slooooow download). Anyone with a link to rooting and installing the full android market ?

    This site has some tutorials, but not sure how up to date they are...

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    cheers,

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    corskey said:

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    Can't wait to get mine to start playing with it
     
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    pumpman said:

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    Just picked mine up from cpw had a play in the shop first very impressed can't wait to get home and open it up

    Sent from my HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio Z715e using Tapatalk
     
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    fanni said:

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    Do these run android as standard not really read too much into them

    If not is there a way to get android dual booting on them?
     
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    Hodge20001 said:

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    has anyone managed to root or downgrade the latest fw?

    if so got the links
     
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    pumpman said:

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    ok so I have installed the os2 beta and I am now reading this site [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    it seems apk files are converted for the BB PB

    also reading this site that has a handy tool [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
     
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    sparkymf said:

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    Hey guys about once you register your device for the os2.0 beta you need to wait 24 hours before rolling back.
    Once installed download the app DDPB installer from the post above.

    Then
    1. Put your playbook into development mode (Click Settings then Security you will see it there)
    2. Create your password.
    3. Connect to pc (But dont open Blackberry Desktop Manager)
    4. Run the installer that you downloaded.
    5. On the left handside you will see it asks for an IP address and password. If you click refresh the ip address should auto appear
    6. Goto to hear for Bar file [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    7. Once you have seen a Bar file you like download and extract.
    8. On DDPB installer click add and navigate to your Bar file.
    9. Click Install

    Hope you have fun guys
     
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    sparkymf said:

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    Guys this for the more advanced users, took me a while to get my head round converting apk files to Bar and then signing them with the keys, so here is the link to register for your very own set of keys to sign apps.

    1. Fill in the form to get the keys
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
     
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    Hodge20001 said:

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    if your looking at making your own BAR files, use this link (easy to use tools etc)

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
     
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    braymond said:

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    Mines out for delivery today , can't wait . Is it useless unless you mod it ? I'm only interested in surfing and watching videos on it really
     
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    Hodge20001 said:

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    Ok, i have signed up and created my first few BARS, they work very nicely!

    if anyone has any they would like converting just send me the APKs and ill do them for you.

    So far i have done the below APKs and they seem to work fine.

    Logitech Squeezebox Control (the official one)
    SABMobile
    Tapatalk Pro
    Squeeze Player (haven't tested as not at home)
    Road Trip
    Fruit Ninja
    Plantz Vs Zombies
    Rock Player
    Angry Birds / RIO / Seasons
    UPNP Player (not 100% if it works)



    If you would like any of them just ask me and ill upload them
     
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    sirdave said:

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    Just picked one up from pcw have to say out the box I'm impressed! Having only had my hands on an advent Vega before this thing is how I imagined that was, can't wait to get to work so I can get time to play

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    braymond said:

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    well im typing this from mine now,well impressed . thanks for posting malty i wouldnt have known about it. bank manager might not feel the same
     
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    pumpman said:

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    @hodge[Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    its on the list as working but how about ES file explorer have you done that one or do you use it ? I see you using SABmobile is that like sabnzb that I use on my mac ?
     
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    maltloaf said:

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    I've still not had enough time to play, so excuse the nooby questions. These BAR files, do they require a jailbroken PB or can you install them on the standard 2.0 beta ?

    As for APK's to be converted, I'd love for the Kindle one if you can manage it ?

    as far as I can see, the most compelling reason for the jailbreak at the moment is to get full android market access ?

    cheers,

    malty
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