Dec 8, 2011
This would not be possible without the efforts of @xpvqs, @neuralic and @cmwdotme. The three guys that originally discovered the exploit and in turn developing the rooting tool – Dingleberry. After visiting their site that host the rooting tool I found out that only Windows users has the chance to use the tool. The rooting app is currently in beta stages but the tool already brings a lot of goodies and one of them was the Anroid Market.
If you’re a Macintosh owner you can visit again the Dingleberry site to check if there’s already a Mac version for you. As of this writing, that version is currently under development. You can watch for its progress as well as other developments by following the Twitter account of the developers I mentioned above.
In this guide courtesy of one of the developers, you will need to kill the Android player if you have one. This is somewhat kind of tedious not until Blackberry releases the official PlayBook OS 2.0 version. So for now we need to stick with this guide. In the near future, I hope that PlayBook owners will be able to dual boot Android with BlackBerry. Or better yet, run a full version of the Android operating system on this slab. But if you’re willing to give it a try just head to the instructions below and get it started.
We love to hear from you how you made it through by posting your comments below. If you’re a little anxious to start, you can watch the video below by @neuralic on how to get root access on your PlayBook to get you started with confidence. Goodluck!
WARNING: Do not blame anyone if something happens to your device. The instructions presented here are for those people who understand what they are doing with their device.
Things to do:
- Install the 2.0 beta on your PlayBook
- Root your PlayBook using the Dingleberry tool found at dingleberry.it
- Download the Google apps package from http://wiki.cyanogenmod.com/index.php?title=Latest_Version/Google_Apps
- Install and launch an Android app packaged as a .bar file in order to set up the Android system. I would recommend installing a launcher app of some kind since you will need one to launch the Market and related apps. A bunch can be found at http://playbookbars.com/
- Log into your PlayBook as root with an scp client (eg: WinSCP for Windows). Copy the system folder in the Google apps download to the root of your PlayBook and merge it with the system folder there.
- Open up a root ssh shell and remove “/system/app/SetupWizard.apk” (this can by done by typing in “mv /system/app/SetupWizard.apk /system/app/SetupWizard.apk.bak”.
- Kill the running Android player “cd /apps/sys.android.XXXX.ns/native/scripts” (XXXX will be different for each device) and run “./android-player-cmd.sh kill-android-core.sh”
- Launch a launcher app of some kind. Start up Android Market (or any other Google app), enter your account details and it will start working. This trick will also install Google Chat and a few other goodies. The Android Market works and will install things after you do this.
- Play around with the Android player and find other cool things!
[Video] How to Get Root Access on the BlackBerry PlayBook