How to install the Jelly Bean apps on an ICS smartphone

How to install the Jelly Bean apps on an ICS smartphone
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has been available to manufacturers and developers for quite some time now, but that doesn't mean that it can be found on many handsets. Actually, Jelly Bean is still a rarity in the Android ecosystem, reserved mainly for those sporting a vanilla Google experience device. Still, there is a way to get some Jelly Bean action right here and now, if you are a proud owner of a 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-running device.

What we want to say is that you can install many of Jelly Bean's system apps on your device and start using them right away. Many of them feature various enhancements that aim to improve your experience, so it's always good to have them, rather than those of an older Android version. Here's the full list of apps that you can get: Email Client, Face Lock, Gallery, Gmail, Google Books, Google Calendar, Google Currents, Google Ears, Google Earth, Google News, Google Magazines, Google Maps, Google Music, Noise Field, Phase Beam, Google Play, Google+, Street View, Talk Back, Video Editor, Videos and Google Wallet.

Quite a list, eh? So, if you happen to have some free time and feel that urging need to tinker with your device, why don't you go ahead, read through our how-to and start enjoying the Jelly Bean awesomeness? But first, keep in mind that to be able install these apps, your device needs to be rooted and have ClockworkMod Recovery installed. Also, a small number of the apps may not really work correctly, because, after all, you're not running the OS they were designed for, but according to the user responses on XDA, most apps do work just fine. You should be able to install these apps on any ICS-based ROM.

NOTE: If you aren't that experienced in hacking the software of your Android device, then you'd better read some more about the subject, get yourself up to speed, and then return to this post, for a piece of the Jelly Bean... cake? Also, note that we're not responsible for any bricked or damaged devices. Yes, it is always possible to brick your device if you do something wrong.

Anyways, without further ado, let's take a look at what you need to do in order to have those cool JB apps up and running on your ICS device!

How to install the Jelly Bean apps on an ICS smartphone

1. Download the Jelly Bean apps from here.

2. Connect your phone to your computer via USB cable and transfer the JB apps archive to the root folder of your mobile device.

3. Disconnect your phone from the computer, turn it off, and then boot it into ClockworkMod Recovery.

4. With your device in Recovery mode, select "Install ZIP from sdcard", and then "Choose ZIP from sdcard". Select the Jelly Bean apps file to begin installation.

5. Once the installation is complete, choose the "Reboot system now" option.

6. This should do it. When the device boots up, you should have all these lovely Jelly Bean apps to play and work with.

For more details and developer comments, feel free to visit this XDA thread.

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32 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Seems like a lot of hoops and hurdles to jump through

2. ilia1986 unregistered

Yeah, well what do you know - iOS users can't have iOS system apps of any other iOS version aside from their current one..

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yeah well you know, this article has nothing to do with iOS which provides timely updates btw eliminating the need to do any sort of hacking to get updated features.

5. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Except for Siri. But of course only on those phones that should've been replaced already. The thing is Apple only keeps about the last model or two current, and strips the hell out of the software if anything older gets it. So that's three models tops they have to update. Android usually get about 1-2 years of updates. In that time each OEM has about 5-15 phones to update. I'd love to see apple try to keep up with that schedule. This btw is only for phones, not including tablets, media players, etc.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Some features may be stripped out but at least they still get updated. Those features are only stripped because of hardware limitations. Don't forget that Android also has features stripped out of them from oems or from carriers. oems having about 5-15 phones to update is an excuse. If they can't provide the features a customer pays for then they need to stop making so many devices or stop making devices period.

8. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Cause no one uses your OS its just Apple itself, no wonder it gets update. Why or who would use iOs its just an app launcher midrange phone, dosent multitask truly like windows or like mac. its restrictead. unlike mac you can install windows, and that is open platform a LINUX.

10. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I don't think ios users care about updates. It's the trend and fashion thing!

9. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Really is that why theres a thing called jailbreak. Where hackers try to make there phones like Android.

27. Android1

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

lol... +1 for u

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

6 SIMPLE steps. It should literally take 5 to 6 minutes MAX. I really don't think you could jump through a hoop or hurdles in faster time. If you have VERY basic common sense skills this should be very easy. This is the beauty of Android. There are always choices.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That depends on the phone.

14. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Once you root & install Clockwork Mod or TWRP it's all basically universal, meaning that it's the same across the board. The phone really makes no difference once you root, for installing these Google Apps that they have listed here. Of course you don't want to flash something that is for a Samsung Galaxy Nexus on say a Galaxy Note. You need to stick to ROM's & Kernels that are compatible to specific units.

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Assuming Clockword Mod actually sticks. I suppose every Android phone is now rootable. The phone makes every bit of difference whether you want to admit it or not. Not so simple anymore now.

22. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Ok I will put it to you this way. If the phone is a popular HIGH-END phone then it WILL be rooted. I don't think developers will waste their time rooting low-end Android phones. High-end phones from EVERY OEM are rooted. So yes it is that simple.

24. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Most Android phones are rootable. They may be a few exceptions....for now anyway. I have yet to see any Android phone not be rooted at some point. Some are easier to do than others. Some get rooted faster than others.

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Trust me....this is nothing. Basically you are downloading apps from the net, connecting phone to PC, putting apps on sd card, booting in and doing a function in recovery mode. For #5, you have to reboot to get out of recovery mode anyway. All the main stuff is in numbers 2,3 and 4. #6 isnt really a step. And you have to do #1 no matter what. Alot of hoops n hurdles is trying to run custom ROMs on a phone with an encrypted bootloader. (Luv ya phones Moto....just keeping it real...lol.) This is child's play.

28. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Sure, there are some hoops, but if that's to much work for you, you can just keep the stock ICS, and still have a better, more powerful OS than the competition. Think of it like this. Let's say you had an iPhone 4, and when the 4s came out, you thought, "Gosh, that would be neat to try this Siri thing." Well, you'd have needed to jump through equal hoops to get it on your iPhone 4 (which could run it just fine, but Apple didn't think you deserved it)

11. Naresh.G

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Is it possible upate to android on Nokia N8??

13. dsmboost

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

No, your phone has Symbian OS.

15. adi4u4882

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

No. You can't. At least not for now.

17. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

nO NEVER.. How can you even think of that??It's like getting iOS on sgs3 !!!!

25. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

I had n8 for 2 years in the end i get sgs3, i recomend it

26. maryaaadil

Posts: 146; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

U better stick with symbian Android on n8 will be choppy. Cpu >1GHz. Ram 256mb Single core. So, N8 is faster on Belle.

12. dsmboost

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

Flashing packages that are not meant for your specific phone is always a bad idea. Just a fair warning to those who are unfamiliar with this stuff.

18. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

Nope! After flashing these cool stuffs One will get to know the actual world of Android!!

21. dsmboost

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

Are you kidding? It is completely irresponsible to blindly flash packages that are not specifically meant for your particular device. I'm not an iphone fanboy, I'm an experienced Android user, so I know damn well what I'm talking about here.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

ROMs and radios, sure. But apps aren't too dangerous. At most, they won't work.

30. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

yOU ARE RIGHT..iT'S RIGHT NOT TO FLASH unpopular roms but these flashable zips will not be a danger to our phone.. Anyway most of the rooted users have the nandroid backup...

31. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

Please can you explain the dangers regarding flashing these zips??

16. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

@dsmboost yes, indeed, different firmware on a totally different phone can affect as bad as hell (se k850 running se c905), while a different firmware for a different phone but with same hardware specs sometime gains you some and loose you few (se k618 running se k660) and there are also cross flashing an incremental or decremental hardware (se g705~se w705~se w715). i've try them all and the first very important is: you must have at least a stock firmware of correct phone type just in case u messing some and had ur phone to flashed back to normal state and redo the mod proccess.

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