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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by pmconway, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. pmconway

    pmconway Lurker
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  2. MrGlowy

    MrGlowy Android Enthusiast

    You can just download a apk installer onto your computer. Then connect your phone to the computer. Then move the apk onto the phone. And install it with a file manager.
  3. pmconway

    pmconway Lurker
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    Thank you for your reply, Mr. Glowy. My problem is I have no file manager installed to enable me to install other apps. My PC can put a file manager on the MicroSD, but the HTC Hero doesn't see it on the MicroSD. (It can display my photos on the MicroSD card though.) Any ideas?

    Thanks again.

  4. MrGlowy

    MrGlowy Android Enthusiast

    Well then, just use adb to push a file manager to the system.
  5. pmconway

    pmconway Lurker
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    Thank you again, MrGlowy, but as I mentioned in my 1st post, as I understand it, "using adb" means, for me, installing Java (and updates) and then installing over two gigs of programs I know nothing about (Eclipse and the SDK) and then invoking adb. Is this correct? Is there no standalone program which could accomplish this? Or can I somehow extract adb from the sdk and have it work? Or. ..??

    I really appreciate your trying to help me. &;-)

  6. MrGlowy

    MrGlowy Android Enthusiast

    You can download something like apk multi tool. It's smaller and includes adb. Look it up.
  7. pmconway

    pmconway Lurker
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    Hello again, MrGlowy,

    First - thank you for all your help.

    I'm sorry - this has me confused. On this page http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1310151 I read that Java 1.6 and Android SDK are system requirements for the APK Multi Tool. True?

    Also, I have uninstalled Java from my PCs because of security concerns,and I'm even more more reluctant to use Java 1.6 rather than the latest, 1.7. Could I ask your opinion of another approach? Someone suggested I could use the Cyanogen ROM and that it likely includes a file manager. I Googled cyanogenmod and found this.

    - flashing a "radio"
    - f download the latest version of the radio (
    - f place the radio file on the root of the sd card.
    - power off the htc hero (cdma).
    - boot into the clockworkmod recovery, by pressing the home button while powering on.
    - once you enter clockworkmod recovery, use the side volume buttons to move around, and the trackball button to select.
    - select install zip from sdcard.
    - select choose zip from sdcard.
    - select the radio update.zip.
    - note: the htc hero (cdma) will reboot during this process.
    - once the installation has finished, select reboot system. now the htc hero (cdma)'s baseband version should now be

    And in this case, I wouldn't need Java, Eclipse, SDK? The last part of the instructions above sounds like file management to me. Selecting the file and magically installing it. Is that all I’d need to do? Once the ROM is replaced I could follow a procedure like that to install Android apps.

    Thank you again for persisting in this.

  8. MrGlowy

    MrGlowy Android Enthusiast

    It doesn't matter which java you have, but the latest is recommended. I know cyanogenmod comes with a file manager. And I'm not sure what flashing a radio has anything to do with this, perhaps you mean. Rom?
  9. MrGlowy

    MrGlowy Android Enthusiast

    Or, you can try to make your own flashable zip of the file manager.
  10. pmconway

    pmconway Lurker
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    Hello Mr.Glowy,

    Sorry for the delay. I had no appreciation for the complexity of what I was getting myself into. I'm just going to take it a little slower so I can assimilate better. Thank you again for your support and for giving me focus. It helped a lot.


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The HTC Hero release date was July 2009. Features and Specs include a 3.2" inch screen, 5MP camera, 288GB RAM, MSM7200A processor, and 1350mAh battery.

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