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How to install the Android Market and other applications to your BlackBerry PlayBook

The PlayBook can run the Android Market - with some help from you
By Joseph Holder on 1 Jan 2012 04:35 pm EST

The BlackBerry PlayBook is a tablet like no other. The powerful QNX Real Time Operating System embedded within allows it run an entirely different operating system as another application on top of the standard PlayBook OS. This is how the PlayBook will run repackaged Android applications. For the most part, though, repackaged apps will appear to run just like regular PlayBook applications.

That's all well and good if you're willing to wait for your favorite Android app to be repackaged and made available on BlackBerry App World. But if you're a bit impatient and a bit adventurous, it's a fairly straightforward process to getting the Android Market and other Android apps running on your BlackBerry PlayBook. To begin, you'll need a rooted PlayBook...

What we're going to do

We'll need to start with a rooted / jailbroken BlackBerry PlayBook. Without root access, we won't be able to install the necessary files using a free tool called WinSCP. Once the PlayBook is rooted, we'll use an application called DDPB to sideload a single Android app to your PlayBook, Honeycomb Launcher. Using this launcher application, we'll initialize the Android system on the PlayBook.

Next, we'll use that WinSCP application along with a bundled app called PuTTYgen to gain access to the root directories on the BlackBerry tablet. We'll download the latest version of Cyanogen Google apps to install to your PlayBook. After that, you'll be able to start the Android OS and gain access to the Android Market. From there, you can install any Android app you would like. Please note, not all Android apps will work on the PlayBook.


You'll need a USB cable

Just as in the process for rooting your PlayBook, you'll need to have a Windows computer (DingleBerry Mac support coming soon) and a USB cable to connect your PlayBook to that computer. You'll also need a few programs and files. Some of these files are installation packages, others are zipped files. I would recommend downloading them to one single folder, and we'll unzip or install the programs as needed later.

Honeycomb Launcher
Cyanogen Google Apps

Root your PlayBook 

I've already written at great length the steps you'll need to follow in order to root your PlayBook. As of now, the only way to get OS on your PlayBook is to use careful timing and a local (on your computer) copy of the OS. Instructions and OS downloads can be found in that linked article. We'll use the .4869 update to root your PlayBook and add and access the Android Market.

Once you've sucessfully opened and used the Market on your PlayBook, you can then upgrade to .6149. You'll have to repeat parts of this process again, but the Market will still work on .6149. Accounts & sync have been disabled in .6149, but the account information you entered while using .4869 should still be available to the Market (though you won't be able to update that account information). 

Follow the instructions in our CrackBerry guide to rooting, make sure you see the command screen with the # prompt, and then return to this article.

[UPDATED] So you want to root/jailbreak your BlackBerry PlayBook with DingleBerry? Here's how to do it

Don't Update to 

Do not update to until you have successfully browsed the Android Market

Research In Motion has disabled the Account & sync part of the Android OS with this latest OS, certainly a sneaky clever way to prevent people from accessing the Market and something that surely caused me trouble. You'll root the PlayBook using OS; stay on that update. Once you have successfully reached the Android Market, you can indeed update to .6149. Just make sure you have already entered your account information into before doing so. After updating to .6149, you'll need to copy the Cyanogen files, delete SetupWizard.apk, and execute the two processes once again. I cannot stress enough that you must have the Android Market properly working on your PlayBook BEFORE upgrading to .6149.

Get the PlayBook ready for the Android Market 

We'll need to get the PlayBook's file system ready to accept the Cyanogen files we'll be sending to it later. To do that, we'll need to start an Android App on the PlayBook. You could probably do this by installing Angry Birds or one of the 7000 apps that Handster is submitting. Since we'll use the Honeycomb Launcher to start the Android OS on our PlayBooks, we'll sideload that application. From this point on, we'll keep your PlayBook attached via the USB cable.

Development Mode

Enable Developer mode on the PlayBook

In order to sideload applications and install files to your PlayBook, you'll need to have development mode on. If your computer ever has trouble connecting to the PlayBook, double check that development mode is on.

On your PlayBook, tap the gear icon in the upper right corner. From the list on the left and below Storage & Sharing, tap Security. From the list that appears on the right, tap Development Mode. Set the slider tab sitting next to User Development Mode to On. You'll be prompted to enter your password before the developer mode can be set.

Take a look at that development address; you'll need it later. It is usually best to leave it set at the default setting of

DDPB and the Honeycomb Launcher

One of the easiest and friendliest ways to sideload an app is to use the application DDPB. If you haven't already (and thank you for following directions), go ahead and install that application to your computer. Also, you can unzip the Honeycomb Launcher application, now. Make sure it is in a place that is easy to find. Once done, start the DDPB application.

DDPB - an easy way to sideload applications to your PlayBook

Enter your development address and PlayBook password in the boxes on the left. If you were clever, you left the address as the default when you turned on Development mode on your PlayBook. In the DDPB application, click the Add button. Find the Honeycomb Launcher application that you downloaded earlier, select it, and click Open (or OK). The application will now appear in that area on the right. Click the box beside the HCL name so that a check appears. At the bottom of DDPB, click Install.

After a few moments, the HCL Updater application will appear on your PlayBook. Tap it to launch the app. Select Honeycomb Launcher when prompted with the "Complete action using" dialog box. Once the app has started, close it. Trust me; we're done with that for the moment. You can also close DDPB.

Prepare and connect with WinSCP

Next, we'll use WinSCP to transfer your Cyanogen Google apps files to the PlayBook. Included with these files is the Android Market, your link to many Android applications. Before we can get started with WinSCP, we'll need to generate the security keys that will allow it to connect to the PlayBook.  

Making keys with PuTTYgen

If you downloaded WinSCP from the link provided above, another application called PuTTYgen will be included with the download. Go ahead an install WinSCP to your computer; this will install PuTTYgen as well. Once completed, find the PuTTYgen application. If you're on Windows 7 or Vista, you can simply open the Start menu and type Puttygen. The PuTTYgen application should be at the top of the search results. Start the application.

Load the RSA key from DingleBerry

In PuTTYgen, click the Load button. You'll need to find the key that DingleBerry created during the jailbreaking process. This will be in your DingleBerry folder. Since I kept my unzipped DingleBerry folder on the Desktop, it was simple to locate.

After navigating to your DingleBerry folder, it may appear to be empty; it is not. At the bottom of the window, change the box that reads, "PuTTY Private Key Files (*.ppk)" so that it says "All files (*.*). Select the rsa file; make sure you do not select Click Open or Okay.

Save the private key that PuTTYgen creates

Now that the key has been successfully imported into PuTTYgen, we need to save it so that WinSCP can use it. Click Save private key (not public key), and click Yes when the program warns you about saving keys without a passphrase. You'll need to save the key you created; personally, I saved my key in the DingleBerry folder and used the name "playbook." Make sure you leave the file type as PuTTY Private Key Files (*.ppk). Once the key has been saved, you can close PuTTYgen.

Connecting with WinSCP

Now, we'll make use of that key we just created to connect WinSCP to your PlayBook. With this program, we'll transfer the Cyanogen Google apps to your PlayBook. First, though, we have to establish a connection.

Open WinSCP on your computer. If this is the first time you've used the application, it should look like the picture above. If not, click on "Session" in the upper left of the program. We'll use the boxes to enter information about our connection

Login information for WinSCP

  • Host Name: (as long as you used the default value when turning on your PlayBook's development mode)
  • Port: 22 (default)
  • User name: devuser
  • Password: (leave blank)
  • Private Key file: click on the button with the three dots (...) on the right. Find and open the playbook.ppk file (or whatever you called it) that you just created with PuTTYgen.
  • File protocol: SCP

Towards the bottom of the WinSCP program, you'll see a check box for Advanced options; click it. Select SCP/Shell from the expanded list on the left. Complete the requested information.

Additional WinSCP information


  • Shell: /tmp/setuidgid root /bin/sh - Note the space before and after "root"
  • Return code variable: Autodetect (default)
  • Uncheck to box marked "Lookup user groups"

Click Save... to store your settings. If you make a mistake but forget to save, you'll have to enter all of this information again. Plus, if you use WinSCP to access your PlayBook again, you'll have all of this information stored for you.

Before you can successfully connect using WinSCP, you'll need to make sure a connection to the PlayBook is active. The easiest way to do this is to start Dingle SSH. Start the DingleBerry rooting tool; at the top, you'll see Dingle SSH. Click this button, and then click Connect at the bottom of the next screen. A command window will open and should give you the same # that you saw when you first rooted your PlayBook.

Dingle SSH in the DingleBerry rooting tool

Return to WinSCP. Make sure the information you just saved is highlighted, and click Login. The software will connect with your attached PlayBook.

Saved information in WinSCP

Copying Cyanogen Google Apps files 

WinSCP split into two panels

Once logged in, WinSCP is split into two panels. The panel on the right contains all of the files and folders of your PlayBook; the Panel on the left contains the folders and files of your computer. At this time, go ahead and unzip the file. These are your Cyanogen Google apps files. Make sure you get all of the folders unzipped to somewhere you can easily find it, like the desktop.

Ready to copy files from folders to PlayBook

In the panel on the right - the PlayBook panel - double-click the three dots until you reach the root of the tablet. Each time you click those three dots, you go one folder higher in the series. When you've reached the root directory, you'll see folders like accounts, air, and apps. In the left panel, do the same thing to find your unzipped Google apps folder.

Copy the System folder from to the root directory of the PlayBook

Click on the System folder in the left panel (the one from your computer). From the Files menu at the top, select Copy... You should get a confirmation window that looks like this. If the message is different, stop and try again. We must copy the System folder to the root directory of the PlayBook.

Choose yes to overwrite any files

You'll get a message warning you that the directory already exists on the PlayBook. This is normal and expected. Click Yes or Yes to All.

Final Steps 

In the right pane of WinSCP (the PlayBook pane) and from the root directory that you should already be in, go to (root)/system/app/ To do that, Double click the system folder, then double click the app folder. Inside that folder, find the file SetupWizard.apk. Click on that file once to select it, then press the delete key. Choose OK when asked to confirm that you want to delete the file SetupWizard.apk.

Delete SetupWizard.apk

Return to the root directory of the PlayBook by double clicking twice on the triple dots (they are always at the top of each folder listing). Open the apps folder by double-clicking it. Next, we'll need to find the folder called[really_long_string_of_characters].ns The [really_long_string_of_characters] is unique to every PlayBook, so just make sure all the other parts of the folder name are correct. Open this folder by double clicking it. Double click the Native folder to open it, and then open the scripts folder by - you guessed it - double clicking. In the end, you'll need to be in the folder (root)/apps/[RLSoC]/native/scripts.

Find the file, right click on it, move your mouse down to where it says Custom Commands, and choose execute.


Do the same thing with the file: (Do not confuse this with; we want to kill the core.)


Restart your PlayBook 

After you restart your BlackBerry PlayBook, you will have access to the Android Market. First start the HCL Updater which will start the Android OS on your PlayBook. In the upper right of the Android environment, you'll see Apps. Tap that to open; then find Market Place in the list of available apps. Once you tap that icon, be prepared to provide or set up a Google account.

As you explore the Market, keep in mind that not everything the store has to offer will work on your PlayBook. I don't think movie rentals work, and some apps - like Angry Birds and Skype - don't quite work. Still, other Android applications like Twitter, Pandora, Google Plus and Google Sky worked just fine.

With the PlayBook rooted and the Android Market installed, what applications will you add to the PlayBook?



i need your help here...
i did follow all dam thing but in the end, i could not find the folder in root\app

therefor i can not execute the android player

tell me what to do?????????

i am on right BB os : (befor i was on version
i have rooted playbook correctly. and i can access all the files through WinSCP


Every app will be available lol.
Hope this was available for BlackBerry smartphones.


Still no guide to root on a mac? I do have a dual boot MBP, but I'm too lazy to go through the trouble of having to boot into Windows and install WinSCP. is there a mac alternative? I'll hold off until there is more meat on those Android Bones...


Just wanted people to be aware, if you buy apps from marketpkace, once 2.0 is available, you will likely need to rebuy the apps, the "android" apps in 2.0 will be available through app world, a different channel. Just want people that may not be aware to keep that in mind for the apps you are buying through marketplace so there isn't unhappy people when 2.0 rolls out.


all android apps will work?????


I may be wrong, but as per the Android Packager ( there are certain android apps that will not be compatible regardless of how many times you repackage the app (or root your PB).

Some app features are simply not supported like dialer apps, apps that require certain dependencies on the android OS and or hardware and that includes apps that use Google Maps, and also apps that are developed using the Android NDK. Also no widgets nor "live" wallpapers.

So either way, developers have to either edit out those bits of code that depend on android and rework them to be compatible with the PB, or simply disable those features. If when rooting I can install the Nook app and be able to access my library, then I will definitely try and root, but I think its just a matter of time before all the big media distribution companies realize that it's not that hard to put their android apps through the repackager tool and make the minor changes if any are needed at all.


Any compatibility improvements above what's being done with apk to bar conversion? Seems like it maybe a lot of work as compared to downloading preconverted bars people's have uploaded.


This is a great tutorial! Thanks guys. Just sucks that with Skype still not working I don't see it being worth the effort :(


Ok, I have rooted and ready for the Android phase. Skype would be the key app I would want.


For all this work, I rather just get an android tablet.


Wow way too much effort. I'll jus wait for the update next month instead..


Wondering. Once all this done. Is it then as simple as downloading an app from the market place, and then running it? Or do we still need to convert the android app to bar and sideload it?


From what I've heard its just installing and you're good to go


Yes. It's like having a regular gingerbread tablet/smartphone. Although from my experience some apps will not run on the rooted playboook even if you have successfully installed it. I guess you can consult which is a list of the converted BAR files that are compatible android player on the playbook.


On WinSCP I'm following all the steps and im getting
"Network error: Connection refused."

I triple checked all the settings..


I found what I did wrong! I closed the command window with the hashtag. I went bag to get that on and it works fine now.


Its actually easier than what it looks.
Took me about 20 mins... i followed the instructions posted on a video on youtube.

althou the market itselft is pretty useless... its easier to look for the .apk and convert it to bar. The android simulator runtime is so awful.


Ok...^^Alekza^^^ just said "although the Market is useless".....Ummm if the market is useful wth do i want to go through all this for a useless market? ugh!!!!


I completed all of the steps, but when I try to open HCL Updater, it says "Initializing, Please Wait.." and then closes itself after a few minutes. Any ideas?


Same thing for me, and i can't go on any web site with the browser :(


This is the most informative tutorial yet... however i can NEVER boot the android player after having downgraded from the latest os2.

Ive spent all day, i do not think it can be done... no tutorial has worked for me!

Either people are lying or are missing a vital step, because it simply does not work.

Any help would be appreciated... but atm i have a boring playbook which has a non working browser...


Oh well, there is no point of having a PlayBook if the browser isn't working. I did a security wipe to the lasest 2.0 OS and everything is back to normal. I'll just wait until I can get some android apps from App World.


I agree there is no way to launch android from the previous beta OS. Hence, I can't launch the android marketplace. I've been at it for two days. There is something severely wrong. I'm getting rid of this piece of crap and buying an iPad.


Isn't it more simple to buy an Android tab


From a consumer perspective that is correct. But from a nerd's perspective there's that extra satisfaction of making a certain device function differently than it's designed to. Plus I'm pretty sure owners of playbooks are blackberry smartphone owners as well so there's no use getting an android tablet and having this option of a root is very cool.


completely agree with some of the comments, what is the point of spending so much time to get the Android marketplace if I can get the Android tablet. I bought the tablet the first day when it was available on market. I am really disappoint how RIM is advertising its capability about tethering. The lack of applications is also make it almost impossible to compete with ipad and android one.


Again, read my above comment.


If someone can make a one click tool to install the market just like dingleberry for root or something like that, that would be ten times easier for the non adventurous people. I might give it a go tomorrow night.


Devices: Blackberry Playbook


Help, I completed all of the steps, but when I try to open HCL Updater, it says "Initializing, Please Wait.." and then closes itself after a few minutes. Someone please help. Ive been at this for hours. done all steps and now this. Im unable to open the launcher. Thanks In advance


I had the same problem... opening a .bar android app would get stuck on initialization. I forget precisely how I fixed (even though I was doing this yesterday !!! without the help of this excellent post).

I think I had to upgrade to OS, then use DDPB to install any android app bar file, then run it to initialize the android system (all before rooting).

Then do the rooting and installing the market.

In any case, by doing multiple installs, I got it to work, so keep on trying.


Would this process work for a normal blackberry device /:). (9800)


Good post, except the parent directory is double dots (..) not triple dots (...). Single dot is a link to the current directory and double dots is the link to the parent directory. Triple dots on a button denote a selection list of some type is available to help fill the adjacent field.

My mission is to get 3cx functioning by whatever means necessary, i.e., I'll sign an NDA and create a native port if I have to. 20 years of porting a 4GL relational database and my own copy of the curses library around has to have some practical value...


I have update to the 6149 and the Browser and the Android Market Work !!!


Help Still! So do I need to update to .4169 then go back to DDPB and install the Launcher? Im still stuck at Initializating please wait! when I try to open the launcher.


I done all the "How To" and update to 6149 after all this, and the emulator work.


guys help i did everything right!!! followed every dam detail!!! honey comb launcher is on my playbook i tap to launch does its thing after a few momments of that black screen initalizing, please wait... it just closes and returns back to the normal playbook os i cant see the android emulation or even get to market place to establish that google account then upgrade to .6149 its really getting to me!!!


Im having the same issue. I've been at this all day since yesterday. I have root and the # so I thought I was downhill and licking my chops but um stuck at the initializating black screen when I touch the launcher. Please, Please help! Thanks


EXACT same problem i even tried sideloading apps and just launching them but i get the same thing! i have a quad core computer 64bit chipset at win7 even the latest java runtime 64bit version everything was going amazingly smooth i was saying this is tooo easy and i finished rebooted tapped the icon and loads hangs and quits im so pissed i been at this since yesterday i wiped clean went from .4985 then to os2 beta .4869 rooted installed market and everything exaclty as stated but nothing will load up..veryy pissed..not to mention my broswer is useless wifi connected pgaes just wont load


Did you try a clean restore? Meaning getting OS 1.XXX.XXX on your playbook? Then update it to .4869


SAME PROBLEM. I downgraded from latest to .4869. Should we be downgrading to a 1.x version, then upgrading to .4869?


Yes you have to do a low-level factory reset to OS version

Check this link for instructions.

Then update to .4869 and proceed to root/jailbreak.


SAME EXACT PROBLEM. I've been at it for two days guys! I've tried everything. If anybody has a break through, please do advise. I would greatly appreciate it. About ready to bite the bullet and purchase an iPad.


For those who are stuck initializing after downgrading from 6149 to 4869.


Read the thread thoroughly, download the posted link, and re-install the compatible files which are meant for the version 4869 ( and

The main problem seems to be compatibility issues, since we only replaced the core file instead of the whole set of files when downgrading.


I downloaded and installed the DDPB 1.0.8 and downloaded the But when I launch DDPB and add the honeycomb launcher, it says it can't connect to my playbook, saying i entered an invalid ip address/password but i didn't. I also tried using DDPB 1.0.7 and it said it installed but it doesn't show on my playbook. Can someone help me!


I can't seem to find the Honeycomb Launcher. The link above takes me a Ilvid something.


I've had the same problem but when i went back with WINSCP to check the system folder it was gone so i repeated the copying and deleting setupwiz and executed the other two files then updated to 2.0.6 and now works like a charm


Bumbuzzer, Which guide/ steps did you follow from start to finish? can you provide a link?


For those who are stuck initializing after downgrading from 6149 to 4869.


Read the thread thoroughly, download the posted link, and re-install the compatible files which are meant for the version 4869 ( and

The main problem seems to be compatibility issues, since we only replaced the core file instead of the whole set of files when downgrading.


Everything seems to be working after following all the steps, however, the 'Market app' doesn't show up anywhere on the screen?

Why is that?

Instead, it opens up the browser as Android Market, but doesn't allow me to download anything as an android device isn't available.


Perhaps you ought to press the 4 little squares on the top-right corner of the launcher, that will open up the applications menu


yes even after pressing the little squares still no market place, next suggestion?


finally got my playbook rooted followed the steps and kept getting that failed messaged at the end of dingle berry,long story short i got it done successfully in the end after 5 hrs -_-,then whenever i tired to open ICS launcher or HCL it just acted like its loading then closed by itself ,so i just did the update to 2.6149 and tried to launch it and it worked*happy dance*...opened up market place and was prompted to enter my gmail account info did so now everything seems to be working thanks guys...


I did exactly the same and all works now


Hi there,

Could you please , please explain in detail how did you
do it step by step in order to get the working result.

I have tried all thinkable ways as explained in all
written topics in the forum.

My self I have 2 PlayBook 16bg and 1 is running rooted
with Dingleberry 1 month ago inc my Market Place is working
only my 2nd PlayBook which I purchased 2 weeks ago I cant get it to work because it is freezing all the time due the changes
by RIM...

Please help me with this...

Thank you so much!

Kind regards


Am I understanding this right? downgrade to 4869, root it, install market (all the steps listed above) and then over the air instal of 6149 and then install again the android market? When you install the market again, do we go through all these steps again (the ones listed above)?


Panzies. Everything has to be done for you. Aww it's too hard. Show some gratitude for the people who did the really hard work of figuring this out and posting a guide for you to follow so you can gain some functionality (god knows RIM left us out in tbe cold). smh


I'm sure this works as a lot of time and effort have went into the instructions for BlackBerry PlayBook owners, but when someone gets pissed cause they couldn't figure it out I can't stop and think.....why not just wait till the official release is out next month?
Why risk messing up your PB tablet?
Then they say f••k it I'm going to get an Android tab...ok while you're at it can I have your messed up PB?
Bet it's easier to fix then root it.


After successfully rooting and installing Andriod Market on Playbook the Playbook browser doesn't seen to work anymore.
It launches but will not bring up any tab for webpage afterwards.
Any idea on how to fix this problem?


Connect the PB to the PC, run BBDS, and do the O/S update to and your problems will be solved, as mine were.


My playbook did the same thing when you update to it lets the launcher work but the playbook browser doesnt work....when you downgrade to it lets the browser work but the launcher still says "initializing, Please Wait...."helllpppp meeee


I have done all but could not get pass the WinSCP connecting to my Playbook. It could not connect even when I changed from the default IP address to the specific one on my playbook. I have tried for the past two days to no avail.


Ive done everything and upgrade and the loader is working. The only problem im having is when i open the App Market it doesn't do anything an goes back to the Honey Comb Home screen with icons. IDK anyone have any ideas??


Mine does something similar: it has "Market Place" as a grey header at the top of the screen and nothing happens. It just hangs up. I did everything according to the instructions above, with my final step being updating to 2.6149. Everything works fine, except for this, and then I also get an error message saying that (when I can get into Android Market) that I do not have an associated Android phone with my account...I haven't been able to find a fix on this yet either.


Yeah I get that same header and after a few seconds it disappears. I havent had any luck in getting it to work at all. I also seen that some settings in the HCL say that I am unable to update or adjust due to settings not being supported on the playbook. That may be something that was always like that but since im new to this playbook rooting im not sure.


Were you clicking "Android Market?" I was. I tried "Market," a separate icon right beside it and that worked...


Everyone with this Problem ^^ do this it worked for me. If you downgraded and rooted the playbook and upgraded to .6149 and ur App Market is Hanging or not doing anything in the HCL you have to reinstall the Android Market. Redo the steps above that deal with WinSCP and once u restart your Playbook u should be good!!!

1. Downgrade to
2. Root Playbook
3. Install Android Market
4. Upgrade to
5. Reinstall Android Market

BTW I am Mafyoso, this is my Other name GNICE


Dear Mafyoso

Could you please explain how to install
Android Market, I cant find a seperate Android Market file
to install..

What I do so far is install 4869, than root.
Android is hanging and will not start.

* How to upgrade to 6149, via desktop or wifi?
* How to re-install Android Market?

Thank you for your time...
I hopew you can explain it step by step.



Hi there

I hereby confirm that the following steps are
100% proof to get your playbook working!

What I did.

1. Downgrade to
(if you are on you should first downgrade to and than install the beta OS and use the swap trick "as explained in this form" to

2. Than Root your Playbook with Dingleberry and create key with puttygen.

3. Install Android Market by using WINscp

4. After installation of Android Market restart us PlayBook and directly after start-up Upgrade to

5. Than Use Dingleberry again and connect and get the blackscreen again and reinstall Android Market by using WINscp and reboot use PlayBook.

P.S: by reinstall Android Market i mean to sat "Copy the CyanogenMod7 System files to your root" + other the steps.

I hope this is helpful to all of you our there



Hi there,

For the person who succeed to let it work...

Could you please , please explain in detail how did you
do it step by step in order to get the working result.

I have tried all thinkable ways as explained in all
written topics in the forum.

My self I have 2 PlayBook 16bg and 1 is running rooted
with Dingleberry 1 month ago inc my Market Place is working
only my 2nd PlayBook which I purchased 2 weeks ago I cant get it to work because it is freezing all the time due the changes
by RIM...

Please help me with this...

Thank you so much!

Kind regards


What i did was basically all the steps here to install the App Market. I just recently purchased my Playbook and it came on the OS1 software so I just installed the OS2 software using the methods here
Then I Jail-broke the Device with Dingle-berry and after used this instructions above for the app market. The only thing i did different was I re-installed the App Market after upgrading to since for some reason in my HCL it didn't load the app market until i re-installed it
Also i upgraded to .6149 because on.4869 my HCL wasn't working and I read on http://forums(dot)crackberry(dot)com/showthread(dot)php?p=7001151&posted=1#post7001151 that others had success getting HCL to work after they upgraded to .6149


I've done everything, but the folder[really_long_string_of_characters].ns does not exists on my playbook???
Please advise.


Did you go into the native\scripts folder?


i hav a same problem too...

pleasee pleasee helllppp mee

where the folder[really_long_string_of_characters].ns does not exists on my playbook???


it took me a while but finally rooted it and installed the android market whew.


Finally got there after 3 days. Well worth the effort. A million thanks to you guys for figuring this out and making it so easy (well - kinda)


I keep getting " Network Error: Connection refused" every time i get to this stage:" Return to WinSCP. Make sure the information you just saved is highlighted, and click Login. The software will connect with your attached PlayBook."

Can anyone help?


I finally got in but I cannot transfer the System folder from the desktop to my PB. I keep getting error msg.


hey, i am having the same did u make yours work?


What's the difference between Market and Market Place on the launcher.
I can run Market but not Market Place


SUHWEET! Thanks you guys! followed instructions and did this entire thing while on 4869. Got the 'initializing...' then would shut down when using the HCL updater. Used DM to update to 6149. redid the instructions from the 'copying cyanogen files' part. and voila! everything works! YAY! you guys are the best! thanks!


Hi ethylove and everyone,

Can you be specific what is this DM? Did you mean
Blackberry Desktop Software?

I have the same issue with HCL Updater
forever "Initializing, Please Wait...".

So after you upgraded to 6149, you still have
root privilege to perform the SCP step?




Hi Seekerjoe,

Sorry DM does mean blackberry desktop manager

Yes, after I upgraded I still got my "#" when i made sure my playbook was connected to my computer prior to reinstalling the cyanogen files.



Thanks, Ethylove!

Mine is working now. However, the title names under each app icon disappeared while previously they existed. Although I can manage to recognize each app, it is weird not to see title names.

Did it happen to you?

Best Wishes,



Successfully rooted my Playbook, and installed the Android Market, which runs just fine; however, I keep having problems with the Video Player and the Camera. Whenever I play a video, close it and reopen the app to play another, the screen stays dark and I get no picture or sound. After that, If I try to open the Camera app it says "Camera error, The camera is in use. close any other instances of the camera and try again".

After I restart the Playbook, the camera starts working again, I close it, open it multiple times and it's fine, but the moment I open the video player and close it, it goes back to the same error.

I ended up downgrading to 1.0.8 and the problem went away, but came back once I re-updated to (I also tried updating to .6149 but that didn't help either)

Any idea what might be causing this?


I am trying to copy the META-INF and system folders to the right pane but it doesn't work.

Permission denied to META-INF folder. I changed the permissions of the folder to 777 (read write execute) for all users. It didn't work.

To copy the system folder, 'EDivByZero' is the error.

Is there a fix for this?

Thank you.


Hello, I can't connect using WinScp ever since I upgraded to .6149. I get connection error, host refused my keys. I already trying removing the host file under the user folder in my PC and still not able to connect. I read in a thread that it might because of having two PBs but I only have one. Any ideas how I can connect without starting from scratch?


Super! worked! Downloading android apps right now.


Cant see market place icon?, any help...running os


People, don't waste your time with this Android business. I spent a whole day attempting to get everything working properly. I finally have the CM Google Apps package installed and working correctly. It seems that about 95% of the Android Apps do not work properly with the Playbook. I'm not exactly sure how this Android emulator is supposed to change anything for RIM.



Wow this worked like a charm. I had rooted my tablet almost a month back - unfortunately my Market was not working for some silly reason. I went ahead and cleaned /data/data and then re-merged the /system from gapps package. The apps now work like a charm ! By the way, I did add a Google account earlier from android player settings but I am now unable to add more accounts - I get some error about Playbook restricting me to do a certain function. I am still on 2.04... (rootable) version of the OS and this was not happening earlier - any suggestions as to how do I add additional google accounts to my android player.



I GIVE UP!!!!!!!


After a -reasonable- lot of trouble, I rooted my Playbook (€299 voor 64 GB) and installed IceCreamSandwich.
Android Apps disillusion.
Then, searching for Apps in Blackberry's Apps World, expecting .BAR apps.
Found one, I wanted to try, called: Solitaire Pack (not so elegant grafics by the way).

But the surprise: it is an android app and started in the android part of the OS!
Perhaps, there are more surprises!


I succesfully loaded Android player onto my Playbook (16GB running .4869), but when I launch HCL Updater, certain applications and mainly the Market Place I get a few errors

- android.process.acore has stopped unexpectedly
- has stopped unexpectedly
- Email (process has stopped unexpectedly
- Email (process has stopped unexpectedly
- Clock (process has stopped unexpectedly

It also sometimes stops me from selecting Honeycomb Launcher because of the errors.

Anyone know why this might be happening or can direct me to a thread/link that will help me resolve the issue?


I succesfully loaded Android player onto my Playbook (16GB running .4869), but when I launch HCL Updater, certain applications and mainly the Market Place I get a few errors

- android.process.acore has stopped unexpectedly
- has stopped unexpectedly
- Email (process has stopped unexpectedly
- Email (process has stopped unexpectedly
- Clock (process has stopped unexpectedly

It also sometimes stops me from selecting Honeycomb Launcher because of the errors.

Anyone know why this might be happening or can direct me to a thread/link that will help me resolve the issue?


Fiew! Quite a few users with problems here.Althought i've always enjoyed the nerdy pride of doing stuff like that to my toys, will calmly wait a month for I am quite satisfied with OS and all my sideloaded goodies...


My anti-virus gives won't let me download the setup.exe for the file.

Is it safe?


USERNAME devuser didnt work BUT USERNAME root did, hope that helps


First thank you guys. This is awesome data and beyond the call of duty work. I would not have attempted a root until this kind of fool proof aid came along and it is so awesome that anyone would do this. What a great community exists in the RIM family.

So I am rooted - easy. Now to Android Marketplace

DDPB and the Honeycomb Launcher put on by DDPB. When I hit HCL Updater on Playbook it loads Blckberry logo and sits there. No option to do anything and it will sit there for half an hour. Ignored and went onto

Prepare and connect with WinSCP and Making keys with PuTTYgen. Created key followed directions exactly on preparing WinSCP profile to run. Hit Dinglew SSH to connect and main menu says running SSH on Playbook. DOS box pops us and says:
sh: /tmp/setuidgid: cannot execute - No such file or directory
Jailbreak Failed

WinSCP logon attempt reveals:
Connection has been unexpectedly closed. Server sent command exit status 126.
Error skipping startup message. Your shell is probably incompatible with the application (BASH is recommended).
OK Reconnect (5 s) Help

I am now beyond my ability. Can anyone help.

Hiking Ed

Followed all the steps..... very well written!!!! when I launched the HCL updated it will initialize then close. Also my browser does not work now :( . Anyone know where I can reload the and ? Also, I inadvertantly deleted the Docs to Go that came with Playbook. Anyway to restore? (BTW before I deleted it, Docs to Go, I noticed that the bridge search to my BlkBerry Torch was not available (I wonder if that was from the 2.0.4xxx build. I originally had the 2.0.6xxx build.


Anyone having problem with the HCL updater in the playbook I just found out what the issue is. I decided to download the new Dingleberry 3.1.0 and in it I downloaded the OS 2.0.4.... full version, not core! After downloading the full version, I installed in on my Playbook and then rooted it and installed the Android market. The HCL launched smoothly!! Wahoo


I cant get android market place to show up on my PB no matter what!! I see all the other apps but that one is missing and suggestions.


I'm barely grasping half the concepts explained in the tutorial.
I managed to get the HCL running and using different apps. So far, so good.
Any chance this tutorial could be updated to use ICS Launcher?
ICS Launcher:


i have a problem...

pleasee pleasee helllppp mee

where the folder[really_long_string_of_characters].ns does not exists on my playbook???


Fo those who can not downgrade the os, do these steps

turn off Playbook.
plug in USB, while desktop manager is open
You will see a window for Update (click immediately, as this will disappear soon)
It will update to latest 1.0.8XXX version

Now download dingleberry latest version. and run it.
On the right Size click "Core OS" and change to "Full OS"
Now from the left Chose

Then continue. follow the rest from this post and you are good to go.

Make sure you Backup all your stufff as you will loose them at the fisrt step


please help me...
at the step of "Copying Cyanogen Google Apps files"
i can't copy both system folder and META-INF folder...
"scp: /system: Permission denied"
please help me how to solve this problem...many thanks !


hello guys im stuck on part ddpb part where i have instaled hlc on windows. now when i tap the hlc updater with dddb still open all i get is intialzing.... please wait then shuts off after min


I am having a problem login in user WinSCP. It keeps failing to connect- getting the message "Network error", though I am connected and dingleberry can see the device and the host id.. I successfuly rooted my playbook.Any help would be appreciated.


i need your help here...
i did follow all dam thing but in the end, i could not find the folder in root\app

therefor i can not execute the android player

tell me what to do?????????

i am on right BB os : (befor i was on version
i have rooted playbook correctly. and i can access all the files through WinSCP


When I am trying to LOGIN through WinSCP following error arises "Network error: Connection refused". My playbook is finely connected to the computer as i checked it through Dingleberry, and # sign came.
Which part i am doing it wrong???


OKay so the playbook has the android, It sit in with and along with honey launcher ? is that right ? it works when i open it but everything stay within and does not apply nothing to the playbook, its as if i have to os's ? My question is if I do the upgrade to 6149 well anything change or will it stay the same ?


i have a problem when i go to copy system file over to blackberry play book it keeps saying
scp: /system: Permission denied

i also can not get the hcl updater to open?
if anyone can help me do it like remote access or team viewer or something it would be great. just email me or reply


I'm very thankful for this procedure, I've done rooting with my playbook. This is a transparent procedure rather than what I've tried earlier two times in other sites. As far as I observe, applications which can be movable in memory card for android device won't run in playbook. Applications also is saved in phone memory not on it's mass memory. It would be additional amazing if we could save this to mass memory and run most of the apps. Keep up the good work guys.


OMG!! I have been trying for 3 days to crack this playbook. I have done every step to the letter!!
I get it... can't copy a file, or it can't connect, or doesn't recognize the user... now I keep getting an error message... "Error skipping startup message. Your shell is probably incompattible with the application (BASH is recommended)... WHAT am I doing wrong??!!! Formated the playbook already.. what next? Anybody can help me.. I have just about had it!!!


Ok.. update here!!!
I am in... BUT.... now when I try copy the system file I get....
Permission denied.
Error code: 3
Error message from server: Permission denied
Request code: 14

Now what?

Please help me.
Thank you

P.S. Could my problem be that my playbook has O/S


playbook has version how can i install android and if i need to restore to older playbook version how can i do that?


I am a little computer stupid so please help! I get t the Dingle SSH part. It connects and says by playbook is rooted, but then my playbook keeps restarting and I can not get the WinSCP to login...
Any suggestions?


guys, i'm on OS must i install a new (read OS operating system in order to root my pb?? how do i do that?? because if i do it the way that they say (open desktop tools, click update, and then select "other versions", the updater just says that there are no new versions available... i have downloaded ice cream sandwich .bar, which runs fine, but i'm not able to log into the google play app, and therefore all the games and apps that i sideloaded doesn't want to update to the newer versions as i cannot log in... any help?? otherwise i'm going to have to do a security wipe and see what happens...

Faith Lam

Where r u? Can u do it for me?

Faith Lam

Where r u? Can u do it for me?
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