BlackBerry PlayBook – Side Loading Apps

… or,

How to install MIT AI2 Companion (AppInventor) on the PlayBook

I have a bunch of BlackBerry PlayBook tablet at home in our office so I decided to make use of them. I thought to have the Android AppInventor would be a good one.

This a short guide how to do that.

BlackBerry PlayBook

Installing BAR files directly from the computer to the tablet, a.k.a. sideloading, is done through an additional app.

The best app (so far) is the DDPB, the last version is 1.0.9 (12/03/2012)
Website: http://ddpb.dauden.vn (no longer available)
User guide: http://ddpb.dauden.vn/?page_id=17 (no longer available)

The app is available for download on other websites.
DOWNLOAD: DDPB – Load Android Apps on Playbook and Blackberry 10
http://apps.goodereader.com/playbook/essential-playbook-and-bb10-apps/?did=177

There are also guides how to work with te app as well as other useful tips.
ARTICLE: Side Load PlayBook Apps (Windows)
http://forums.crackberry.com/playbook-apps-games-f243/side-load-playbook-apps-windows-619796/

NOTE: Installing the DDPB may cause issues – error asking for Microsoft .Net framework version 2.0 or compatible.

SOLUTION: DDPB asking for Microsoft .NET framework 2, already have 4 (Windows 8)
http://forums.crackberry.com/playbook-apps-games-f243/ddpb-asking-net-framework-2-already-have-4-windows-8-a-730369/

The original Android APK files should be converted into BlackBerry PlayBook BAR files.

TOOL: PlayBook .apk to .bar converter
http://apk2bar.org/

Example, MIT AI2 Companion: http://apk2bar.org/bar/02/f8/447791/edu.mit.appinventor.aicompanion3_v2.36.bar

Simply download the BAR file and add it the DDPB, the press the “install” button.

Other Tools: localbar2
http://yohan.es/playbook/

 

 

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