There’s going to be quite a few 7″, 8″, and larger Android tablets coming out in 2013 and many will have Google Play. Unfortunately the Mini Studio 8″ tablet from Idolian won’t be one of them, but not to worry. This is something you can fix.
I got a Mini Studio as a free review unit from Idolian a little over a week ago, and while it is an okay tablet for a generic 8″ Android tablet the absence of Google Play or some other content store lessens the value, IMO.
Luckily this can be fixed with absolute minimum effort. All you need to do is download the following APK file to the Mini Studio and install it.
Where & What
The file can be downloaded from here:
If that link does not work then you can find a copy of the file in this ZIP file. Just ignore the other files; you don’t need them.
Here’s how to install this APK file over USB:
- Download the file to your computer.
- Copy it to a folder on your Mini Studio tablet via a USB cable. Then unplug your tablet.
- Once you’ve done that, open the file manager on your tablet and go to the folder where you put the file. Double-click on it to install it.
You could also email the link to the file to yourself and then open the link in the email app on the tablet. I think that is actually easier.
You just need to install the one file on your Mini Studio and nothing else. Once you have installed it you will have access to the full Google Play (or what ever is available in your country) as well as fully functional Google apps.
I have Gmail and gReader installed. Those 2 apps are most of the reason why I wanted Google Play. While they are available elsewhere in quasi-legitimate app stores, I wanted to make sure the Google integration worked correctly.