So with some development ideas in mind Ive been shopping around for a honeycomb ready android tablet for months. After lots of visits to bestbuy and other gadget stores only to leave upset and disgruntled; I found the Pandigital Supernova e-reader pad. It greatly resembles the 8″ MID pad from china which is a clone of the asus epad. Like most of these pads, the official android market is not installed on the pad out of the box and the only app resource is a market clone which is very limited and the apps are meh. So i decided when I found the supernova that i would attempt to root and install the missing google apps which would turn the e-reader into a fully functional android tablet that includes the android market app.
So lets get down to business. The following directions are to be followed on the tablet itself.
First Download this zip archive and extract it to your sd card.
panditial supernova file pack
- Step 1
This whole process requires an SD card. So if you dont have one, go get one.
Goto Settings>SD Card & device storage settings
Format SD card
Goto Settings>Applications>Development — turn USB debugging on
Plug the Mini USB into Tab and turn on USB Storage if it does not automatically prompt you.
Copy the Gingerbreak-v1.20.apk file to your device (PD_Universe not the SD card.)
Copy the folders (gtablet && extras) to your SD card.
Turn off USB Storage and unplug the Mini USB.
- Step 2
Goto Apps>ES File Explorer
Navigate to the PD Universe folder.
Run the Gingerbreak app. Follow the directions and proceed to rooting.
The device should reboot on its own when the process completes. If it doesnt. Reboot the Tablet and the root should have taken affect. If not repeat the root process.
You can check to see if the device is rooted by making sure the SuperUser app is installed.
- Step 3
Now proceed to installing the market prereqs.
Goto Apps>ES File Explorer
Navigate to the SD Card>gtablet>app folder.
Install in the following order.
google services framework.
Now install Market.1.8.2
Android Market 3.4.4 works but is extremely bugged. Very Likely to crash. not recomended at this time.
Android Market 1.8.2 works great but will only show you approved apps. Non compatible apps will not display.
- Step 4
DO NOT RUN THE MARKET YET!!!!
Reboot the device imediately after the install completes.
When the device reboots. Click the “use by default this action” ticker at the bottom and click “Launcher”.
Go back to Settings>Applications>Development and turn USB debugging off.
Now you can go back into Apps>ES File Explorer and install the goodies in the extras folder if you like.
Pandigital Supernova with Android Market,
if you need the Firmware.. here it is. PD removed the download link for some weird reason.