Today I spent part of my morning watching anime and re-designing my portfolio. The latter is a work-in-progress and the former was just for fun as I am currently looking for a new job or waiting for college to start. Needless to say, that got boring after a way. I don’t know, maybe I have a short attention span.
At any rate, I looked at the tablet I keep mounted on the wall to update me on the things that are going on in my world and realized that it’s pretty…what’s the word? Oh yeah, crappy, that’s the one! Well, maybe not crappy, but definitely not as useful as my others. Coby has the tendency to lock down their tablets and not really put anything useful on them to begin with. Nor do they allow you to put anything useful on yourself. No Google Apps, no Amazon App Store, they have this cheezy wannabe app store that is, from what I can tell, mainly porn and games. Not exactly my thing.
So I looked into slicking the entire tablet and install Ubuntu Touch, but it doesn’t seem to be compatible with my tablet and didn’t play well at all the last time I tried. So I thought I’d just format and install straight-up Android onto my tablet, since it’s running a bastardized version of it to begin with. Yeah, no, that didn’t go so well either. So I thought I’d get ahead of the crowd and install Firefox OS, but all I could find was a link to sign my email up to a list or the desktop emulator. Big let down, but not enough to stop me dead in my tracks.
So I started searching around on how to root and just install the Google Play Store. Shabam! I got a link to a forum post on androidtablets.net that set me up right! Now I have installed all the apps from the Play Store that I need on the wall-mounted tablet. I don’t need all my apps from their as this app isn’t really mobile since I have it mounted to the wall. So I just need things to help keep my day in order. I am one happy geek, especially since I didn’t have to try formatting and installing a new OS on a tablet through a mini-USB and microSD card combination. That could have been a nightmare…again.Tags: android, firefox os, google play, ubuntu touch