Help! My Android Tablet Has No Market!

August 26, 2011, By Christian Cawley

While the Android tablet market grows thanks to the Honeycomb version of the mobile operating system and through the efforts of Motorola and ASUS, you may be aware that there is a large selection of existing tablets running Android that are available in stores, catalogs, on eBay – pretty much everywhere, in fact.

These devices are more suited to basic browsing and email, and run older versions of the operating system; typically 2.2, but often versions as old as 1.5. It could be argued that Google was slow to recognize the importance of the tablet market, and the existence of these devices running versions of Android that haven’t been tailored for larger screens is certainly impacting sales of more advanced devices such as the Xoom.

Android Market running on an Advent Vega tablet

The best advice is to avoid these cheaper devices as they are low spec and have one key fault – Google didn’t license the Android Market to be available on devices of this size. This has resulted in many low-spec Android tablets taking advantage of third party app stores.

Often these aren’t good enough, however – so how do you access the Android Market on one of these older tablets?

Installing the Android Market

One solution that works on a small selection of tablets is to install the Market via a download. This will work particularly if your device is rooted (something that you can do by downloading the z4Root app via your Android browser from

On your tablet, open Menu > Settings > Applications and check the Unknown Sources box. Next, open the Android tablet browser click this link to download the file to your tablet.

You will then need to restart your device, so hold the power button and select Reboot. What happens next is that your slate will shut down, start up again and detect the ZIP file you downloaded and apply the contents, delivering an up-to-date new Android Market to your tablet!

As stated, this only works on some devices. If you are not successful with this, try the following alternative.

Installing a Third Party App Market

While there are plenty of locations online where you can download apps for Android without accessing the Android Market, this solution from App Brain ignores these and gives you the full selection of Google Android approved software via its own useful app.

App Brain is a useful website, one of several that list app of the apps in the Android Market, so you can be sure that the choice on offer in App Brain is as great as the choice on offer in the Market.

Simply open in your tablet browser and click the Install button – you should soon find a new app on your device that will allow you to view and install every app on the Market without installing the actual Android Market.


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