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Priced at just 1,200 Yuan, or around £140 it seemed pretty cheap for a Toshiba tablet.
1st day of use, I discover there is no apps store and Google Play Store isn’t installed. Nor is any other app store.
Next step! Root the AT200! Get the Google Apps installed and have the thing do what I want.
Toshiba have something written into their EULA! Yes Toshiba and Android have conspired against the customer!
Contrary to previous court rulings on allowing users UNRESTRICTED access to their devices, in this case you aren’t granted those rights. Toshiba will not let you access and change core aspects of this tablet.
You don’t have the rights and abilities you might have when you buy a new PC.
Can’t add or alter things in the operating system, making it useless for many developers and professional level users.
Let this be a warning to any buyers of the Toshiba Excite AT.
Nice looking tablet. Without full user rights.
Suitable for me so
Access Google Play in China, download playstore apps in China
**Firstly, we need to access the Google Play Store – supported devices page and locate your device. If your device is supported, move on to step 4. If not, (and you’ll find many of the devices sold in China aren’t supported by Google), choose a device from the device list that is the closest approximation to your model.
Install File Commander (included in supporting files). With File Commander, access the /system/build.prop, it will look like this…
Scroll down to the ro.product.model = GT-S7566 change it to the model compatible with Google Play Store.
in my case ro.product.model = GT-S7562. Save the file. A number of screens will come up asking if you wish to change the write permissions of the new file. Accept them.
Restart your Phone.
It will tell you Android is loading updated software and gave you a short waiting screen.
Next you need to transfer the GAPPS file to your phone’s SD card.
Install the GAPPS file: restart the phone in Recovery mode by pressing UP+DOWN+HOME+POWER simultaneously. Navigate to the GAPPS zip. Install the zip.
You will now need to fire up your mobile VPN software to access Google Play from your mobile phone in China. As it is now blocked.
Your phone will now work with Google Play Store and all free apps.
Access Play Store apps in any location Worldwide
This little cheat will allow you to ‘pretend’ you’re a U.S. resident.
Google go to great lengths to make their products available under the correct jurisdictions. If you want your phone to ALWAYS have the maximum apps and content, things will be changing regularly to make sure this stays the case. Search on the ‘net or should subscribe (to my blog), to keep abreast of changes.
Install the Market Enabler apk included in the Supported Files.
Log on to your VPN service. From your VPN go to the ‘Help’ section or knowledge base. From here you should find information about allowing their service to be accessed from your mobile device.
My VPN’s knowledge base looks something like this. It has all the information you need.
The process isn’t a difficult one. The hosts guide will guide you through it.
Fire up Market Enabler. Select one of the carriers (in the U.S.) by pressing and holding. Select ‘fake this connection now’.
Fire up your VPN Proxy you just set up in step 2. from your mobile device. In mine, it’s in the other settings section.
If all goes well, it will tell you your device is connected. You will now be surfing from the U.S. from a U.S. carrier for all intents and purposes. (Check this with http://www.iplocation.net/).
Fire up Google Play Store. This will now be running as if you’re a resident of the United States even if, like me, you’re accessing Google Play Store from a mobile in China.
Disclaimer: If you follow this guide exactly in facsimile, you won’t encounter problems. I take no responsibility for your actions other than those following the method above.
My phone is getting slower, and I want to use the WIFI teather without operator charges! The best way to do this is to ROOT my GT-S7566, get into the manufacturer installed bloat, and cut it out, like the cancer it is.
Rooting a Samsung Galaxy Duos s-7566
This will allow me access to ALL the installed files, right down to the core C:/ drive, (as it were). It’s called Superuser rights. It’ll allow me to change anything on my phone. Install a new operating system, (if I want).
I’m not much of a techie. But I had a motorbike. I fact I had a few. I don’t see this mobile phone as any different.
This guide will guide those of you who have a methodical mindset and the will, through the process of rooting a Samsung Galaxy Duos S-7566.
Samsung Galaxy S Duos Rooting Guide
Without wasting your precious time, let’s quickly jump to the rooting tutorial:
Download the Samsung Galaxy S Duos Rooting Kit.zip from Mediafire or D-h.st.
This file contains almost everything you will need to get through the process and is approximately 12 MB in size. Won’t take too long to download, right? Note: Mediafire link is down due to unknown issues Mediafire is having. Use the Devhost link instead.
Install the drivers for your Galaxy S duos using KIES.
Power off your device as you have to go to downloading mode.
After your phone has switched off, press Volume Down + Home + Power button simultaneously until the Samsung logo appears on your device.
Release. A warning will appear on your device. Read it if you wish. Press Volume Up to continue to the downloading mode. You should see a screen with “Downloading” written on it along with some other stuff.
Connect your phone to the PC using USB cable. It should detect your device as you have installed the drivers in step 2.
Extract the rooting kit, (using winzip or other program), you downloaded in step 1 and open odin from the extracted ‘odin’ folder.
Copy CWM-superuser-3.1.3.zip/CWM-SuperSU-v0.96.zip to your phone’s external or internal sdcard. The file is present in the rooting kit.
ODIN should detect your device on any of the COM ports. Y
You will be seeing various boxes: some checked and unchecked. Tick or untick them so that:
F. Reset Time is ticked.
Auto Reboot is ticked.
PDA is ticked.
All other boxes should be unticked.
Click on PDA under the Files (Download) section in ODIN and browse to recovery.tar file. You will find this file in the extracted rooting kit.
Remove the back cover from your device before you follow the next step. This is required as you will need to remove the battery with a perfect timing, after you complete the next step.
Click on start. Let ODIN complete the flashing process. Don’t interrupt the process. A green bar will tell you the progress of the operation. When the green box in Odin window shows “Pass”, your phone will start a reboot.
It’s time for you to jump into action. When the phone vibrates, remove the battery.
Disconnect your phone from the PC.
Power off your device and boot into ClockWorkMod recovery by pressing Volume Up + Volume Down + Home + Power buttons simultaneously until the Samsung logo appears.
You’ll boot into the ClockWorkMod recovery mode. Your normal touch input won’t work here. Press Volume up to scroll up and Volume down to scroll down. Home button is used to select while power button will take you a step back.
Scroll down to Backup & Restore and select backup. Let the backup process complete. Make sure you have atleast 2 GB storage free in the external sdcard before performing the backup.Note: If you want to unroot later on, boot into CWM and restore this backup. Then flash Stock recovery (present in stock recovery) using Odin, the same way you flashed recovery.tar in step 10.
Go to Install Zip from sdcard option and select “Choose zip from external sdcard” or “Choose zip from internal sdcard” depending on the choice you made in step 12. Finally select the cwm-superuser-3.1.3.zip/CWM-SuperSU-v0.96.zip and browse through the long list of “No” to select the only “Yes” option to install superuser to your device.
It will run through the installation process, and the phone will take around 2 minutes to boot.
After that your phone, Duos Trend model, in my case s-7566, should be rooted WITHOUT PROBLEMS!
Thanks to droidiser, who provided the original article.
Google Play Multi-region access-Noobs Guide:Google apps without installing google play
In this guide I talk about accessing and downloading Google apps (apk)’s without having to have the Google Play functioning on your smartphone..
Imagine the horror! After purchasing a brand new Samsung Galaxy S Duo S7566, you discover that due to the regional nature of corporate money making and Geo-politics, you’re disallowed from downloading the latest apps from Google Play just because you live in CHina!
The easiest way around this is to ROOT your phone, remove all the Chinese bloat and apps and set your locale up as somewhere more friendly, perhaps the US or Senegal…
This Rooting will make your phone function like a finely tuned vehicle, or render it useless, depending on your technical skills.
Due to the fact I’ve just purchased my phone, I won’t be taking this route. Instead, I’d like to present…
Accessing Google Play without Rooting your phone – A noobs guide
There’s no rooting involved in this method, just follow the simple steps and you’ll be able to access and download Google Apps on any device from any locale, including China.
Step 1) Check your Device:
No matter what software you’re running, or the state of your build, you need to check your device is supported by the apps store. The list of supported devices is here https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/1727131?hl=en. Find your device on the list.
Step 2) Log and and visit Google Play:
1 Visit is enough for Google Play to recognise your device. If it doesn’t do this automatically, select the My Orders & Settings link at the bottom. Navigate to the settings tab and it should show a picture of your phone.
Step 3) Download the newest version of Kies:
This is the bundled file management software for Samsung phones. Each manufacturer has a different software. For Samsung phones, you can find the latest version of Kies here http://www.samsung.com/us/kies/.
Step 4) Install Kies:
It may take some time to apply the hotfixes. For my build and locale it was enough time for me to make a drink and then some. About 10-15 mins in all. Once the installation starts, you can wait a little longer.
Installing Kies simply INSURES you have the latest drivers and firmware installed on your phone.
Step 5) Download Snappea:
This is a GUI that draws information directly from your phone. It allows you to transfer files, apps, contacts, mails and messages directly to and from your PC. Download Snappea http://www.snappea.com/.
Step 6) Launch Kies:
Navigate to the ‘Apps Store’. This may require more time whilst changes are made according to your set-up and locale. Be patient.
Step 7) Launch Snappea:
Step 8) Plug in your phone (USB).
Step 9) In Snappea:
The dropdown on the top-left. ‘Connect new phone’. Select ‘connect from USB’.
If this fails, (as was the case with my Chinese market GT-S7566 Samsung), Enter the name of your phone manually in the ‘Phone name incorrect’ option.
Snappea will launch a new window with the name of your phone and all the different functions provided by the software (messages, contacts, sync, etc.)
Step 10) Click the ‘Google Play’ icon:
Select the ‘sign in’. Log into your account and begin downloading.
Hey Presto! Access Google Play apps from all over the world!