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How to install the Jelly Bean apps on an ICS smartphone

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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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posted on 08 Oct 2012, 08:23 1

1. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Seems like a lot of hoops and hurdles to jump through

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 08:29 7

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..

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 08:40 2

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.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:07 3

5. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4811; Member since: 04 Mar 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:12

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.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:21 5

8. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:26 6

10. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:23 6

9. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 12:58 1

27. Android1 (Posts: 59; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)

lol... +1 for u

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 08:52 5

4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:13 1

7. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

That depends on the phone.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:38 5

14. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 11:17

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.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 11:31 4

22. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 11:50 2

24. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 11:48 2

23. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 15:34 1

28. tedkord (Posts: 14734; Member since: 17 Jun 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)

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:28

11. Naresh.G (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Is it possible upate to android on Nokia N8??

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:33

13. dsmboost (Posts: 46; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)

No, your phone has Symbian OS.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:55

15. adi4u4882 (Posts: 137; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)

You can't.
At least not for now.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 11:03

17. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)

How can you even think of that??It's like getting iOS on sgs3 !!!!

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 11:53

25. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)

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

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 11:56 2

26. maryaaadil (Posts: 146; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 09:31 2

12. dsmboost (Posts: 46; Member since: 01 Nov 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 11:05

18. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)

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

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 11:27 2

21. dsmboost (Posts: 46; Member since: 01 Nov 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 15:36 2

29. tedkord (Posts: 14734; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

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

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 05:37

30. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 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...

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 05:39

31. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)

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

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 10:08

16. JunkCreek (Posts: 407; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

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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