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How can I install Google Play on my Coby Kyros tablet? (new to Android)

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  1. servo75

    servo75 Member


    I recently got a Coby Kyros MID-1042 tablet. I was excited about the possibility of running Apps on it, but I find that it doesn't have Google Play installed, but rather something else called "GetJar," which seems to have a very poor selection of apps. I tried to install Google Play on the tablet by downloading .apk files and running them in a file manager, but they don't work correctly. The Kyros has Android 4.0. The thing I like about Google Apps is the (much much) wider selection of apps, and the fact that my new phone uses it as well, so I can manage my apps right off of my desktop PC. It would be better to have both devices using Google Play.

    My questions are: What's the difference in Google Play vs. GetJar? Why would GetJar be installed instead, and how can I install Google Apps. I've read in some places that I have to "root" my device (whatever that means). I hope I don't have to do this just to get Google apps running. This is the site I've been to so far. If anyone can provide any insight, that would be great!

    How to install Google Apps (GApps) on your Android Device / Phone

  2. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Well-Known Member

    Go over to XDA or find a link. You will have to sideload the apk for market (could be play now) and vending.

    I did it on a 7024.
  3. servo75

    servo75 Member

    I appreciate the help, but XDA? Sideload?
  4. Mr. Lucky

    Mr. Lucky Well-Known Member Contributor

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  5. xxkid123

    xxkid123 Well-Known Member

    XDA is a developer community that holds a lot of information for technical issues.

    You'll have to search around for it. Android Forums & Windows Phone Discussion @ xda-developers

    Sideloading is when you install non market apps. With a normal app the market downloads the installer file (extension .apk) and installs it for you automatically. To sideload, you download the .apk somewhere else (AKA your computer), put it onto your phone, and manually install it (there's an installation dialogue similar to the windows installer- it's very simple)

    To sideload the market:

    Download the matching .apk off the web onto your computer. (google search it, use sources like XDA instead of 4shared or other sources that could have viruses)

    Mount your phone as hard drive (when you plug in the USB cable to your phone should give you the choice between charge only or mount as hard drive). Put the .apk onto the SD Card where you can find it.

    Download a file manager off of Getjar, anything will work.

    Then go to settings>apps>allow external sources. Assuming your device allows it, this will let you install non market/getjar apps. It might be disabled already, thats OK.

    Find the file and tap on it. It'll show a list of permissions, or things that the play store can do on your phone (like access the internet, save files onto your phone, etc). just hit okay, or install.

    After that it should install for you, and you'll be able to find play store in your app drawer like any other app.

    The device manufacturer probably wanted you to get your apps from something the manufacturer had a deal with, rather than the market. A good example would be the Kindle Fire- amazon would rather you download apps from it's own Amazon app store than the Google Play Store. Therefore they remove the play store and install the Amazon app store instead.

    EDIT: the guy above me just explained everything in less than a sentance lol.

    Here's a link to the play store. Download the unmodded version. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1582422
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  6. Mr. Lucky

    Mr. Lucky Well-Known Member Contributor

    Unlocking has nothing to do with the topic being discussed.

    Rooting allows you full access to the operating system.
    Unlocking allows you to use another carrier's SIM card.
  7. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Well-Known Member

    Don't forget vending apk.
  8. servo75

    servo75 Member

    Ok, so I found these instructions http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6BrWSC2uiAg#!
    I installed "One Time Initializer", then "Setup Wizard," then "Google Services Framework", then "Vending 3.3.12". Yes "Allow unknown sources" is checked in the tablet's settings.

    Again, I have a Kyros MID-1042 with Android ICS.

    Things seemed to be fine until I clicked on Google Play in my apps tab, I was prompted to enter my Gmail account info, so I did. I got the message "Your phone needs to communicate with Google Servers to set up your account...", but after a few minutes, I got a message that says, "Can't establish a reliable data connection to the server", followed by "Unforunately, Google ServicesFramework has stopped."

    This is EXTREMELY frustrating. All I want is to have Google Play, I don't want to root or install some crazy mod. And I'm so close!!! Can anyone offer any insight why I might be getting this message? I just want the simplest way to get Google Apps running smoothly on this POS before I just say to hell with it and return it.

    Thanks in advance!
  9. korrupTed

    korrupTed Well-Known Member

    I am not sure, but I believe you need root to install the Google services on a non google approved device.
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  10. servo75

    servo75 Member

    Thanks for the reply. That does make sense, as those are proprietary apps. But then how can I tell if a device is Google "approved"?
  11. leon3

    leon3 New Member

    Did the sideloading fix below work for you? My wife got a Coby and I was shocked to find Google Play app wasn't on there. Both our cell phones have it and we love all the apps you can get. Thanks.
  12. servo75

    servo75 Member

    Sorry I wound up returning it and getting a Samsung Galaxy Tab. A bit pricier and smaller, but it runs Google Apps without having to do all sorts of strange things to it :)
  13. joelaseo

    joelaseo New Member

    How to get Google Play Store:(I Did it on my Coby Kyros MID 7031-4


    1. Download and Install Google Play Store License Mod [Root].apk

    Link here:

    2. After installing open that app.. when you open that app, you will be asked if you want to grant or deny the access of that app in your device. Just Click Grant.

    3. then after clicking grant, it will going to check if your device is rooted.. and if it detects that your device is rooted, it will dissappear. once it disappear, click "Install And Reboot" button under that app. Then your device will now reboot.

    4. After rebooting, find the play store app in your device and open if it work. But the icon of that play store have smiley face and it is annoying so you need to download and install the original and updated play store app.

    Link Here:

    5. after installing, click open it and CONGRATULATIONS!! you have the play store app!.

    hope it works on your devices.
  14. hiredgun

    hiredgun Well-Known Member

    I bought a "generic" tablet last week that came with the same get jar thing and no Google Play Store, so I just downloaded a Google Play Store apk and installed it and it worked fine. I don't see why it won't work for you either, I think anything else is taking the "long way around" for sure. If I can get a mod to confirm for me that I can post the link for that apk I would be more than happy to do that for you. Vin.

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