1. ditto1958's Avatar
    I sat down last night armed with Crackberry articles and was determined to successfully sideload a couple of apps. I followed the directions and it worked with (so far) no problems. For some reason, when I was reading about sideloading it seemed complicated. I was amazed at how smoothly it went. Kinlde and Words With Friends are now happily playing on my PB.

    If you are avoiding it, but have some Android apps you really want/need, give it a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
    03-13-12 10:05 AM
  2. tumblingdice03's Avatar
    I started to do the same last week, but when I looked at what was available I didn't really see any apps that I just had to have so I held off. Thanks for your update though as it gives those of us that haven't tried it yet hope that it will be ok when we do.
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    03-13-12 10:16 AM
  3. egzbuen's Avatar
    Same here. It was as simple as reading the tutorial posted here at CB. No sweat I am now enjoying boat loads of apps
    03-13-12 10:21 AM
  4. varunsain's Avatar
    There are loads of android apps available and many threads dedicated.. Just try and avoid to test out apps in all the excitement.. Some are buggy but most have reviews and if reliable users say they work then they do.. If you facing some problems then you might have obtained a bad .bar of the file.. There are many floating around.. But make sure to download fm here if you plan on..

    Personally I avoid all android apps.. But anyways I'm covered by all native apps and don't rely so heavily on apps..
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    03-13-12 10:29 AM
  5. peargood's Avatar
    My PB rarely leaves my side after the OS 2 update, as well as sideloading Android apps, which is just following the step-by-step tutorial.
    03-13-12 11:03 AM
  6. chaddeus's Avatar
    Yes i agree. Its even considered pretty simple to convert those APK files to BAR. The only problem that I just know is that there aren't a lot of "cool" and FREE apps on Google Play. Lots of porn however

    - Charles
    03-13-12 11:14 AM
  7. varunsain's Avatar
    Yes i agree. Its even considered pretty simple to convert those APK files to BAR. The only problem that I just know is that there aren't a lot of "cool" and FREE apps on Google Play. Lots of porn however

    - Charles
    Can any android app be converted? What's the limitation? Instagram is soon gonna be on andoid.. So can it just be converted?
    03-13-12 11:20 AM
  8. soxfan04's Avatar
    I agree it is easy to do. The two apps I really wanted were the Kindle and Words with Friends. Kindle works great. Words with Friends tends to freeze and crash sooner or later.
    03-13-12 11:21 AM
  9. dagerlach's Avatar
    I too agree it was easier than expected. Unfortunately, out of all the apps I tried, only one works. I also didn't expect to have to go through this process. I expected to select an Android app from their store and install it just as if I were using a Android device; naive of me....ya probably. But the propaganda lead us in that direction. Never-the-less, I do like my Playbook and almost happy with 2.0...
    03-13-12 11:40 AM
  10. chaddeus's Avatar
    Well most apps can be converted but some might fail. Some will convert successfully but fails to load. So there can be a lot of problems in between.

    - Charles
    03-13-12 12:20 PM
  11. ralfyguy's Avatar
    I sat down last night armed with Crackberry articles and was determined to successfully sideload a couple of apps. I followed the directions and it worked with (so far) no problems. For some reason, when I was reading about sideloading it seemed complicated. I was amazed at how smoothly it went. Kinlde and Words With Friends are now happily playing on my PB.

    If you are avoiding it, but have some Android apps you really want/need, give it a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
    What is the free RAM available after a fresh reboot?
    03-13-12 12:44 PM
  12. Melimo's Avatar
    Agreed! I'm no techie, and I actually have dead USB ports on my laptop. Just as you were, armed with crackberry articles, I found out how easy it was to sideload wireless on my first attempt at sideloading. CB, you guys are awesome!
    03-13-12 03:24 PM
  13. tofnow's Avatar
    Well most apps can be converted but some might fail. Some will convert successfully but fails to load. So there can be a lot of problems in between.

    - Charles
    I've found that while some may start and run they will fail shortly. Then I restart and seemingly all is well. Have not had a failure after the restart. Maybe just lucky but now I always do a restart after loading an android apk/bar app.
    03-13-12 03:53 PM
  14. abiator's Avatar
    You inspired me to sideload today and thank god i did!!! way easier than i expected... Playbook Apps | Good e-Reader Android App Store - Playbook App Store - We support Kobo Vox, Kindle Fire, Blackberry Playbook and More I got most my apps here installed at least 10!!
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    03-13-12 07:02 PM
  15. BehPouz's Avatar
    Thanks @abiator, that website is pretty cool. I haven't tried any of those apps to see if they work on my PB yet, but if they do, it's just gonna be awesome. Dropbox, Skype etc. etc. looks pretty impressive
    03-13-12 07:38 PM
  16. inolle's Avatar
    My PB rarely leaves my side after the OS 2 update, as well as sideloading Android apps, which is just following the step-by-step tutorial.
    ^ agrees
    03-13-12 07:45 PM
  17. hpjrt's Avatar
    Thanks for this thread. While I haven't seen the need for side loading yet ... You never know. It's nice to know that the tutorial is easy to follow.
    03-13-12 07:52 PM
  18. aha's Avatar
    I have side loaded 52 apps in the weekend, including a Google map program that works perfectly with navigation... And a whole bunch of others.
    03-13-12 08:01 PM
  19. zektor666's Avatar
    I sideloaded a bunch of froggyface's emulators about roughly five minutes after setting up my very first Playbook. Keep in mind I had never even USED one prior to that day. So, yeah, sideloading is super easy. I think just the term "sideload" gets people nervous and confused. It is merely installing apps outside of the appworld, similar (and easier!) than doing the same thing on an Android device.
    03-13-12 09:43 PM
  20. crackberry_geek's Avatar
    Thanks for the info... I haven't tried side loading yet, but will do so soon just to get Kindle.

    One question I have... that I am very surprised I haven't seen anyone even as is this -> is it possible to side load the Android app for Skype?
    03-13-12 10:32 PM
  21. peargood's Avatar
    One question I have... that I am very surprised I haven't seen anyone even as is this -> is it possible to side load the Android app for Skype?
    The skype app doesn't work for calls. Only chats.

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    03-13-12 10:43 PM
  22. caffiore's Avatar
    Really, what's the point? Why do I have to jump thru hoops to get apps on my playbook? Why? Sideloading, standing on one leg, inputting codes and programming text. What's the point. Why? Why can't I just download an app and have it execute? Seamlessly, effortlessly. User-friendly app download process. That's all I ask. Let me enjoy the full, true power of this magnificent piece of technology. I love my pb with/OS 2!! Really, so make the app process mindless and focus on the usability. PLEASE!
    03-14-12 12:31 AM
  23. AUgirl_inTX's Avatar
    Two great site for BAR files are PlayBookDaily.com and Nerdberry.net
    03-29-13 01:41 PM
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