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    10" Tablet PMID1000 Question and Concern, new ROM anyone?

    I purchased this Polaroid PMID1000D 10" tablet at Kohls at their black Friday sale, with a 15% off coupon made it a pretty good deal. Well, I strugled like most for a good 3-4 hours trying to figure a way to add the play store without bricking the thing. This I accomplished with some zip file I found through the XDA forums, actually was pretty painless and the only thing I can't get to run at this point is Chrome, but I like Firefox and Dolphin much more...

    Mine says its the PMID1000 "D" version, whatever this may mean, I wish I knew, but I doubt it's that big of a deal.

    My biggest concern at this point is it's laggy when doing almost anything, surfing the internet is the worst. From Opera, to Dolphin, to Firefox. It hangs and says the program isn't responding and to wait or close it. If you push wait, the program is usually right back running. When I say program I mean internet browsers and just about anything else. Maybe you do get what you pay for...

    So I guess I am wondering a few things. Has anyone put the new OTA update on theirs, if so what changes did it make or is it worth it? Is there a chance one of the ROMs for the 7" ones would work on this? Is anyone working on a bloat free ICS for the 10" model? I believe getting rid of the Polaroid bloat and maybe a few performance enhancements would make this tablet a whole new animal.

    I appreciate any help and I hope we all can enjoy these tablets as much as we should.

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    Mine says its the PMID1000 "D" version, whatever this may mean, I wish I knew, but I doubt it's that big of a deal.
    That's one thing with Polaroid/Southern Telecom. They have so many changes, variations and additional models they don't even list them on their own website. So far I've heard of the PMID1000, PMID1000B and now the PMID1000D (I can only assume there has to be a PMID1000C as well). There's also the PMID10C.

    My biggest concern at this point is it's laggy when doing almost anything, surfing the internet is the worst. From Opera, to Dolphin, to Firefox. It hangs and says the program isn't responding and to wait or close it. If you push wait, the program is usually right back running. When I say program I mean internet browsers and just about anything else. Maybe you do get what you pay for...
    Was it "laggy" before you started attempting to install Google play? I'm only asking b/c it's possible you may have accidently made a change to affect something.

    Also have you tried this tablet with a different internet connection? These are more sensitive to the type and quality of wireless connection than the smaller Polaroid tablets in my experience. For example Polaroid tablets don't seem to like WEP based wireless security. My 10.1" PMID10C was also very goofy acting (especially internet) because I was sharing the same wireless channel as a few of my neighbors. The minute I changed to a different wireless channel via the settings webpage of my wireless router everything straightened out. Worth a try anyway! (My tablet was slow and buggy on the net and would constantly drop and then reacquire wifi)

    So I guess I am wondering a few things. Has anyone put the new OTA update on theirs, if so what changes did it make or is it worth it?
    I haven't tried the one for my PMID10C yet. I'm not convinced these are actually "updates" anyway. Although they call them "updates" these files are typically just Southern Telecom dumping the factory firmware image onto their site so all of us can recover our tablets when we play around. With all of the changes and revisions and different models being pumped out I highly doubt they spend much time supporting one tablet and pushing out updates to one specific model.

    I would say go ahead and try Polaroid's firmware "update" if you think it will help. (Although I suspect it's just the same firmware that came on your tablet out of the box). If you don't have any major changes done and don't have any important data on the tablet yet, you have little to lose except a few minutes of your time. I know at a certain point it becomes a pain to have to flash and start over...but that's why I've learned to never do much the first few months I'm playing around with something.

    Is there a chance one of the ROMs for the 7" ones would work on this?
    Nope. Not without making changes to it. As far as I know the ROM's should be specific to hardware and display of the tablet model listed.

    Is anyone working on a bloat free ICS for the 10" model? I believe getting rid of the Polaroid bloat and maybe a few performance enhancements would make this tablet a whole new animal.
    I've been watching and hoping someone comes along and helps out with developing he 10" Polaroid tablets too! There is some potential there if someone is smart enough to unlock it. The problem becomes it's much easier for the guys here to develop when they have the actual device in their hands. As fast as Polaroid/ST pumps out new and different models it's nearly impossible for anyone's budget to keep up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SingleDad View Post
    That's one thing with Polaroid/Southern Telecom. They have so many changes, variations and additional models they don't even list them on their own website. So far I've heard of the PMID1000, PMID1000B and now the PMID1000D (I can only assume there has to be a PMID1000C as well). There's also the PMID10C.


    Was it "laggy" before you started attempting to install Google play? I'm only asking b/c it's possible you may have accidently made a change to affect something.

    Also have you tried this tablet with a different internet connection? These are more sensitive to the type and quality of wireless connection than the smaller Polaroid tablets in my experience. For example Polaroid tablets don't seem to like WEP based wireless security. My 10.1" PMID10C was also very goofy acting (especially internet) because I was sharing the same wireless channel as a few of my neighbors. The minute I changed to a different wireless channel via the settings webpage of my wireless router everything straightened out. Worth a try anyway! (My tablet was slow and buggy on the net and would constantly drop and then reacquire wifi)


    I haven't tried the one for my PMID10C yet. I'm not convinced these are actually "updates" anyway. Although they call them "updates" these files are typically just Southern Telecom dumping the factory firmware image onto their site so all of us can recover our tablets when we play around. With all of the changes and revisions and different models being pumped out I highly doubt they spend much time supporting one tablet and pushing out updates to one specific model.

    I would say go ahead and try Polaroid's firmware "update" if you think it will help. (Although I suspect it's just the same firmware that came on your tablet out of the box). If you don't have any major changes done and don't have any important data on the tablet yet, you have little to lose except a few minutes of your time. I know at a certain point it becomes a pain to have to flash and start over...but that's why I've learned to never do much the first few months I'm playing around with something.

    Nope. Not without making changes to it. As far as I know the ROM's should be specific to hardware and display of the tablet model listed.

    I've been watching and hoping someone comes along and helps out with developing he 10" Polaroid tablets too! There is some potential there if someone is smart enough to unlock it. The problem becomes it's much easier for the guys here to develop when they have the actual device in their hands. As fast as Polaroid/ST pumps out new and different models it's nearly impossible for anyone's budget to keep up.
    I've been eyeing these tabs SingleDad. I'm currently working on trying to get a modified stock PMID800 OTA working. Once I figure out how to sign that sucker correctly, you can bet I'll be looking :-)

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    Singledad I have not messed with my network wifi settings at all, I don't really have an issue with dropped or weak signals. Last night I spent some time pushing all apps but the browsers to the sd card. This seemed to make a difference. I spent about an hour surfing with Firefox and only had one hiccup. I couldn't really tell you how it behaved prior to adding the play store. I literally spent 5 minutes using it before spending the next 4 hours figuring out the google store issue. That is one of the reasons I want to put a basic ICS rom on this, I want to make sure that everything is setup correctly and not the way Polaroid put it on. I have little respect for base ROMs on any device, nothing I have ever had ran as well on the base rom as it did on a cooked rom. Must be all the garbage associated with the mfg trying to make their own...

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    Polaroid Tablet

    Justabowla, I also took a chance on Kohl's sale for the Polaroid 10-inch tablet as a Christmas present for my 8-year-old daughter.

    After she receives the gift, I'd like to install Play Store. I'd sure appreciate any guidance and/or links to help shortcut the install process.

    Also, if I'm interpreting your message correctly, do you intend to strip off the ICS operating system Southern Telecom installed and reload it with a ICS file from Google?

    I grabbed a 32GB micro sd card from Staples for $18 on BF for this device so any wisdom you're willing to share on pushing sites to it would be appreciated as well.

    This is asking a lot of you so thank you in advance for considering my requests. I'm nervous about the quality of this tablet but given our final purchase price was less than $120 so maybe I should relax.

    Happy Holidays!

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    Here is the link to the post I got my info from. I don't know if this is the right way to do it. I do have some lag issues with mine and it may have been from this operation. So like anything else, I do not take responsibility for what is posted at this link or what you do with it. The instructions were posted by Justinhforsyth here in about the 4th post:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...1613811&page=7

    I hope this works out for you. I for one am looking forward to the day someone releases a cooked ROM that allows us to use these tabs to their full capabilities.

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    POLAROID PMID1000

    Can you please tell me how you managed to install google play store? I too have bought one from khols and I cant seem to firgure it out. Iam going to take it back if I cant get it to work.

    Quote Originally Posted by JustaBowla View Post
    I purchased this Polaroid PMID1000D 10" tablet at Kohls at their black Friday sale, with a 15% off coupon made it a pretty good deal. Well, I strugled like most for a good 3-4 hours trying to figure a way to add the play store without bricking the thing. This I accomplished with some zip file I found through the XDA forums, actually was pretty painless and the only thing I can't get to run at this point is Chrome, but I like Firefox and Dolphin much more...

    Mine says its the PMID1000 "D" version, whatever this may mean, I wish I knew, but I doubt it's that big of a deal.

    My biggest concern at this point is it's laggy when doing almost anything, surfing the internet is the worst. From Opera, to Dolphin, to Firefox. It hangs and says the program isn't responding and to wait or close it. If you push wait, the program is usually right back running. When I say program I mean internet browsers and just about anything else. Maybe you do get what you pay for...

    So I guess I am wondering a few things. Has anyone put the new OTA update on theirs, if so what changes did it make or is it worth it? Is there a chance one of the ROMs for the 7" ones would work on this? Is anyone working on a bloat free ICS for the 10" model? I believe getting rid of the Polaroid bloat and maybe a few performance enhancements would make this tablet a whole new animal.

    I appreciate any help and I hope we all can enjoy these tablets as much as we should.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpm65 View Post
    Can you please tell me how you managed to install google play store? I too have bought one from khols and I cant seem to firgure it out. Iam going to take it back if I cant get it to work.

    Here are the instructions from SingleDad that I intend to follow after my daughter opens her gift. NOTE, SingleDad adapts the directions for a Kindle Fire to the Polaroid. He sure makes it sound easy.


    Let's break it down step by step. Here's the info cut and pasted from the link I posted. These are the exact files and instructions I used. It's basically just following them step by step. (I used the "Root Explorer" app for steps 4 and 5.


    So I gave this a shot and it worked perfectly.

    1. Root your Kindle Fire HD
    2. Downloaded and install the GoogleServicesFramework.apk
    3. Download Vending.apk
    4. Using a file explorer app on the Fire with superuser permissions AND the system file permissions set to Read-Write, move Vending.apk to /system/app.
    5. Change the permissions of Vending.apk to User - Read/Write, Group - Read, Others - Read
    6. Install Vending.apk
    7. The Android Market should show up in your Kindle Fire HD apps. Tap on it and follow the steps.
    8. Download and install the Play.apk to upgrade the the android market to the current Play market.
    9. Enjoy!

    GoogleServicesFramework.apk - mediafire.com/?zaumfwhraxcifqf
    Vending.apk - mediafire.com/?31bn3e258jjpj8d
    Play.apk - mediafire.com/?wwcqrlfwt8o1gnv



    1. Step 1 you skip because the Polaroid 10.1" PMID10C is already "rooted" out of the box.

    2. Just like the step says you download and install the "GoogleServices Framework apk file. Download it from the link the original author posted: http://www.mediafire.com/?zaumfwhraxcifqf
    You can download to a Micro SD card, or USB flash drive and then transfer the file to your tablet. You could probably also download directly from your tablet if you wanted to using the internet browser. If may give you a warning/ask you if you want to install Google Services framework b/c it's already on the tablet. I just went ahead and installed the downloaded "GoogleServices" apk over the existing file on the tablet. When complete, click "Done".

    3. Download the Google "Vending" apk file from: http://www.mediafire.com/?31bn3e258jjpj8d and transfer it to the tablet if you didn't download it there.

    4. Here's where it's just a little tricky if you are new to this. You'll need a "special" app to access files with superuser permission to make changes to permissions etc. I use a paid version of the "Root Explorer" app but there are free versions and free alternatives out there. Open the Root Explorer app & navigate to the vending.apk file you downloaded. We need to move the file to the /system/app spot on the tablet.

    To do this, while still within "Root Explorer" (or whatever file management app you're using) Long-press Vending.apk & select the "Move" option on pop-up menu. Now navigate to the /system/app folder and tap the "paste" button to paste the vending apk into the /system/app folder.

    5. Now we need to set the permissions settings for vending.apk to match the permission settings of the other files in that folder. Long-press Vending.apk & select "Permissions" from pop-up menu. Change permissions to match all other apps in this folder (rw-r--r--). Check the first two boxes on the first line and then the first box on the second and third lines.


    6. Install Vending.apk (Just press it and select install)

    7. You now have the old Google Market app on your tablet. Go ahead and open it and follow the walk through it gives you to set it up with your existing google account and email address.

    8. Now we need to update Google Market to the newer "Google Play". Download the "Play.apk" file to your tablet and install it. (The original author's download link takes you here: http://www.mediafire.com/?wwcqrlfwt8o1gnv)

    9. That should be it!

    All of the standard disclaimers apply here. This went well for me but I did blindly install files downloaded from an unknown third party.

    If you have done something like this before and you follow the steps carefully the odds of messing anything up or permanently bricking your tablet are pretty slim. That being said...I don't think Polaroid/Southern Telecom has released the factory firmware yet. It generally takes them a long time to do so. If you DO manage to mess anything up (unlikely) you'll likely have to wait until they release the firmware to fix your tablet.

    Hope that helps!

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    I am going to be doing a factory reset and apply the update. Then I am going to follow some different instructions to get the store working again. Mine is laggy and I am tired of it. The instructions I am going to follow are in Singledads post on the fourth page, looks like a winner to me. Just hope nothing goes wrong and I don't suddenly have a large suface area paper weight... But from reading this users description it looks like the best way. I am not going to follow his copying stuff from his phone parts, I don't think those are necessary. I can easliy find .apk s for anything here on line...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustaBowla View Post
    I am going to be doing a factory reset and apply the update. Then I am going to follow some different instructions to get the store working again. Mine is laggy and I am tired of it. The instructions I am going to follow are in Singledads post on the fourth page, looks like a winner to me. Just hope nothing goes wrong and I don't suddenly have a large suface area paper weight... But from reading this users description it looks like the best way. I am not going to follow his copying stuff from his phone parts, I don't think those are necessary. I can easliy find .apk s for anything here on line...
    Just remember the Google play store is an older version using that method. It honestly really doesn't matter all that much but I thought I'd point it out. When I installed the Play store using those instructions/files it's only because I was desperate to find ANY version that I could install and get working. I've since updated to the newer version I downloaded from the web. (I forget where...maybe the XDA forum?)

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    I used those instructions on 1000b and worked perfect. After I was done I found the newest play store from android police and it works like a charm. I can download any app I want and I don't get anything saying I don't have the correct device like a lot of people have said on other forums.

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    google play on a polaroid 1000b 10 inch tablet

    i installed google play and the asus live wallpapper on my tablet i have the files still if anyone want them i can send them to you all i havd to do is install them in this order to get play or android market

    1 download the files i can give you for android 4.o
    2 install the onetimeinitializer-signed.apk
    3 install vending-3.1.3-signed.apk
    4 installed setupwizard-signed.apk
    this is the order i installed mine and its working great
    i also have the asus live wallpaper and weather apk files

    icon shows market

    im looking to fine a ota of jelly bean if anyone knows where to get one that might work on my tablet let me know i can flas using live suite i have the ota for this tablet also if anyone wants it
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