Warning! Warning! Warning!
This is old info and I do not have these tablets anymore. I believe most of the information in this post may still be helpful in most cases, but please make sure you check the posts in the FreakTab forums for updating information before attempting the following steps as some things may have changed.
Thank you for your attention.Well, I was recently thinking about the Polaroid 4.3" Tablets and what other things that I could do to them. They come with Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.4) already preinstalled and are semi-rooted. However, I considered the fact that since these devices were going to be given to my nieces (little girls), there is always the chance for little fingers to get busy and mess up the device. Therefore, having a Recovery option would be ideal as well as a few additional tools like BusyBox, Android Terminal, and Adaway. So, I then did some research and set out to find information on what hacking is available to this little device.
In this post, you'll see how to use LiveSuit/LiveSuite, root the device, install a functioning version of Clockwork Mod, and install Google Market.
LiveSuit / LiveSuiteThe "Official" flashing tool used by this device (as well as other AllWinner A1x devices) is a free product called LiveSuit or LiveSuite (inconsistently used so I will just abbreviate it as "LS"). Because it doesn't have really any real English documentation, we must consult either the "Official Instructions" or find basic instructions elsewhere. For this and other reasons, some people just really don't like this Chinese flashing tool but we will be using it anyway for our purposes due to its convenience. Make sure you do not connect the device to the computer until you have installed the drivers!
Just an aside, the included documentation (opened by pressing the 'help' button) will just open the "LiveSuitEN.chm" file - which looks like this:
Installing LS(Edit: I found a newer 1.11 version with text!)
- Extract to your chosen "installation" directory
- Run "LiveSuitPack_version_1.07_2011026.exe"
- Install Driver Anyway
Flashing a ROM using LS (Stock or Custom)
- Download and extract the Official Firmware if you don't already have it
- Run "LiveSuit.exe"
- Hold back while connecting cable to PC
- Driver will install on first use
- Release back button
- Press "Yes"
- Press "Yes"
- Wait for process to complete
- Press "OK"
- Restart Tab
because just pressing (X) button merely minimizes program
Installing Google Market (Optional)
- Download Zip File
- Extract to some location
- Copy to SD card
- On tablet, open directory in File Manager
- Install OneTimeInitializer-signed.apk
- Install SetupWizard.apk
- Install vending-3.1.3-signed.apk
- Press the "Home" button
- Check the "open always with"
- Select Launcher
Installing Clockwork Mod
How to enter Clockwork Mod
- Shutdown tablet
- press and hold Vol+
- hold Power a few seconds
- release power
- release Vol+ when "Polaroid" appears on screen
Vol+ down, Vol- up, Power selects
This section is left only for historic reasons and in no way reflects the current works of dolorespark & co in that she/he have seemed to make quite some progress last time I checked. As always, make sure you first consult the proper forum for updated information.
There is a version of CyanogenMod 10 in progress by dolorespark, though I believe it is not yet ready for daily use. If you want to try it out, you can download and install the LS image then just reinstall the official firmware mentioned earlier to go back to stock. This will install Clockwork Mod 188.8.131.52, CyanogenMod 10, and Google Play. However, I have encountered several problems with its current version (4311-cm10-dopa-20121204.zip).
The screen constantly needs resizing for everything. This is first seen during the initial setup.
Again, it appears most prominently on the apps screen.
I also had some problems getting into particular parts of the system, and the CyanogenMod 184.108.40.206 works for the most part, but the 220.127.116.11 b15 is still superior in functionality. Bottom line, it is a good start, but not yet ready for prime time.