Skypad Alpha 2 – How To Install Google Play Store and Other Google Apps
5-29-13: Fixed download link.
9-6-16: Fixed download link.
So recently I had upgraded the firmware on my Skytex Skypad Alpha 2, and although it already came rooted from the factory, I noticed I was having issues with two things:
- Google Play store was missing, the stock firmware came with 1Mobile Market
- I installed Google Voice applet, and although it installed, I could not add my Google account to it. I downloaded Google Play Services, and this did not help.
For awhile, I thought I was out of hope. But did I stop searching? No. After a couple attempts searching online, someone made a zip file package that allows you to proper install the Google Play market, and also have all the working Google apps!
I couldn’t believe it, and now I have my Google Voice app installed, which is great because I love to send and respond to free SMS messages from the comfort of my couch (or wherever I am with my tablet and wi-fi connection).
So how does it work?
Download the zip file here.
Next, just extract the folder to your desktop, or any place that is convenient for you.
The zip file does have additional text instructions, but for this example, I went the wireless route.
Copy over the adbWireless.apk to your tablet, and install it. Run it, press the green button, and it will tell you the ip address like “192.168.1.101:5555”.
Now in the folder where you extracted the Play_Alpha2.zip file, edit the “Install_UOTMOD_Wireless.cmd” by right clicking it and go to “Edit”.
At this point in time, edit the line in the text file to add the correct IP address that the tablet is telling you, so the line looks like “adb connect 192.168.1.101:5555”, or whatever your IP address is. See screenshot below:
Now run the “Install_UOTMOD_Wireless.cmd” inside Windows, and just follow the prompts. Your computer will connect to your tablet wirelessly, and push all the necessary files to the tablet. It will then remotely restart your tablet.
Run the Google Play app on your tablet after it has finished restarting, add your Google account, and now all your Google apps will work, including Google Voice!
I hope this has helped you out, and thanks for reading!