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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by gwlaw99, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. gwlaw99

    gwlaw99 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    I keep getting a message that installation was unsuccessful (BB.5). Nevermind I think it is BB. It thinks I have 2.1 for some reason.

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  2. cwcheese

    cwcheese Member

    Had no problem installing new car home app, found 4 home screens with 14 available shortcut buttons. Moving shortcuts is easy. Adding an app to a shortcut button takes a bit of time, about 5 secs before list of apps is pulled up for selection. Will try to use the buttons I set up on the way home from work today.
  3. zandroid

    zandroid Android Enthusiast

    Having the same problem.

    Rooted running a 2.2 ROM. Can't figure it out...

    Were you able to make it install? How if so?
  4. publicanimal

    publicanimal Android Enthusiast

    If you ever get an "installation failed" notification for a Google application, it's an easy fix but you might need to be rooted to solve it.

    The reason is that these core system applications used to only be updated whenever Verizon got around to rolling out a system update. Lately Google has been making more and more of these core apps available in the Market - which is great. Now they can update them whenever they want and they don't have to package them with system updates. However your phone is confused... it thinks these system apps shouldn't be in the market so it rejects the updates.

    So on to the solution - in the future remember this, as this works for any Google app that won't update properly (Voice Search, Google Search, Street View, etc) the difference is only the file name. You might even want to check the apps I listed above and make sure you have the latest versions, then use this method to update them if you get the "installation failed" notice.

    1. Using Root Explorer (or equivalent), go into /system/app and delete CarHomeGoogle.apk. Make sure you tap the "Mount r/w" button at the top or it will tell you the file is read only. DO NOT DELETE CarHomeLauncher.apk !

    2. Reboot your phone.

    3. Open market, install Car Home. Now you should get a "Car Home installed successfully" notification. Yes!
  5. iamloco724

    iamloco724 Android Enthusiast

    I'm also having this problem on latest bugless beast..I tried to delete the apk and it still doesn't work I then searched and deleted all files and folders related to carhome it still didn't work and as a matter of fact the files and folders just came back afterbeing delted..any help would be gretly ppreciated
  6. publicanimal

    publicanimal Android Enthusiast

    Don't delete ALL files related to Car Home... the ONLY one to delete is CarHomeGoogle.apk. If you delete the CarHomeLauncher.apk, Car Home won't launch when you use the car dock.

    Actually the first time I tried it the same thing happened, it reappeared. The second time I tried it, it worked. Root Explorer does that to me sometimes and I don't know why. Keep trying and don't delete more files than you need to.
  7. iamloco724

    iamloco724 Android Enthusiast

    I did those deletes before I even read this thread and made backup before doing so cause I knew it would caue problems if it didnnt work..but yea I've tried sevral time already still a no go
  8. mjh8154

    mjh8154 Lurker

    Thank you for the help publicanimal!!

    iamloco724, did you make sure to reboot after deleting and prior to trying to re-downloading and installing Car Home? Initially, this fix didn't work for me, but I believe it is because I failed to reboot prior to re-downloading and attempting install. After I rebooted it worked fine for me.

    Good luck!!
  9. publicanimal

    publicanimal Android Enthusiast

    If you absolutely cannot get the file to permanently delete in root explorer you can try uninstalling through Titanium Backup. It's dicey because you can't distinguish between the 2 car home apks in Titanium Backup.

    As mjh8154 said, make sure you are rebooting after deleting the files.
  10. iamloco724

    iamloco724 Android Enthusiast

    finally got it..i restarted all the times before when i tried that didnt work and now randomly i got it working doing the same things ive been doing..thanks
  11. publicanimal

    publicanimal Android Enthusiast

    I think it's an issue with the recent update to Root Explorer, I've deleted files only to have them reappear, it's frustrating. Glad you finally got it to work!
  12. The_Chief

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    Worked like a champ, animal, you're de man :D
  13. zandroid

    zandroid Android Enthusiast

    What's the best free app to do this?
  14. publicanimal

    publicanimal Android Enthusiast


    Sorry. Titanium Backup is free but I think you need the paid version to use the uninstall function.
  15. Kai-NL

    Kai-NL Lurker

    No, I just managed to update with just the free version of Titanium Backup. It's true that Titanium will show two icons for Car Home without more info, but as you hit the uninstall button it shows exactly the name of the given .apk in full before you confirm the uninstall. I've seen both the Car Home .apk and the Car Home Launcher .apk, uninstalled the one you pointed out earlier and installed the app from the Market after reboot. Works like a charm.
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  16. publicanimal

    publicanimal Android Enthusiast

    I stand corrected. Thanks!
  17. gallandof

    gallandof Android Expert

    tried to install this and It says not enough free space. I have 99 mb free scurrently any one know a work around? the above didnt work for me
  18. publicanimal

    publicanimal Android Enthusiast

    Try clearing caches with CacheMate. I ran into a similar issue once and I think that was what worked. I could be wrong but it's worth a shot.
  19. gallandof

    gallandof Android Expert

    nah no luck. ill figure it out though. if I have to ill try and grab the apk off my other one and run it directly
  20. zandroid

    zandroid Android Enthusiast

    Worked like a charm. Thanks to you and animal!
  21. kokiangel

    kokiangel Android Expert

    Thanks, publicanimal! Your instructions worked like a champ. This was driving me crazy. Only I used Android Commander which is sort of like ADB to save a copy just in case and then delete it from my phone. Sort of a safety net process because I am a scaredy cat when it comes to my phone.
  22. SinfulDragon

    SinfulDragon Android Enthusiast

    Ok, for anyone who deleted it all like I did :rolleyes: Then installed the update/app from the market... Here is the launcher that you will need to reinstall after you've noticed you installed it but can't open (open button is grayed out in the Market, doesn't show up in app drawer).
    Just use Astro to install.

    Attached Files:

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  23. kokiangel

    kokiangel Android Expert

    I only deleted the carhomegoogle.apk and then had no problem downloading and installing the update from the market. I thought I was home free but when I launch it the screen is blank! And then my live wallpaper goes away. I am running CyanogenMod-6.0.0-RC3. Any suggestions to get this working?
  24. publicanimal

    publicanimal Android Enthusiast

    I did not have this problem so I don't think it's an issue with anything you did. If you have any backups of a different ROM or feel like installing a different one from scratch, maybe try it on a different ROM and see if you still have a problem.

    Also, check that you do indeed still have the CarHomeLauncher.apk in /system/app? If not then you can download it above.

    Good luck.
  25. matrix2004

    matrix2004 Newbie

    Personally i think Custom Car Home is better.

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