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My son's nook color is incompatible with google play, and the default video player app wont play local video files I've uploaded to his nook's harddrive via usb-cable. How can I download a new video player app to his nook 'without' google play?

I am using software version 1.4.3 and am not interested in solutions that involve rooting the nook, or rolling back to a previous version of the software.

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  • Do you have .apk of the "new video player"? If yes than just copy paste the .apk file to storage and using file explorer of nook run that .apk file in order to install. Dec 29, 2013 at 8:50

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  • Download/get the .apk file of desired application.

    (Example: MoboPlayer from this link.)

  • Pass it to the android device.

  • Use any file explorer to open this .apk file.

  • Install the application.

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  • I'm getting a message after the attempt that the app was unable to install...
    – Ender
    Jan 5, 2014 at 5:02
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Download the latest version of MoboPlayer take the .apk file, copy it to your NC, open the file through on NC and installed it.

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  • My nook says that file is in an unsupported format.
    – Ender
    Dec 29, 2013 at 17:09
  • Try to open the apk file from File Manager rather than Downloads list. Let me know if that does not work
    – Asif
    Jan 1, 2014 at 9:24
  • I have to get a file manager that works from barnes and nobles, ill get back to you. currently the one I just tried is giving me issues. I think my cache is full.
    – Ender
    Jan 2, 2014 at 5:32
  • I'm getting a message after the attempt that the app was unable to install...
    – Ender
    Jan 5, 2014 at 5:02
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if your smartphone can download this new video player app download it on your smartphone and then transfer apk file to your son's smartphone, using this application share app.Best lucks..

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  • I do not own any smartphones, this question is about a nook.
    – Ender
    Jan 2, 2014 at 20:37
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Well if you are unable to play those video I would recommend download Mx Player from this link. and then copy it to your nook colors' sd card/storage. Then from the file manager of your nook, navigate to that mx player.apk file and click on it. It should prompt to install. Just install it. And play whatever you want. For any detailed information, like step by step procedure follow this link

hope that helps.

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  • that link takes me to google play. This answer is not helpfull.
    – Ender
    Jan 5, 2014 at 4:14
  • well then, wait for a while,till I get the direct download link. :) Jan 5, 2014 at 14:19
  • here is direct link for downloading mxplayer. hope it solves your problem Jan 5, 2014 at 14:23
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Here is some information about good media player on Nook Color: http://drippler.com/barnes_noble/nook_color#!560253

You can try VLC nightly build for ARMv7:

http://nightlies.videolan.org/build/android-armv7/

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After testing many different apps and many different versions of said apps, websites listing what apps work and what apps don't, and more than a few other things, I have reached the conclusion that, You cannot load 3rd party video players on the Nook Color. My reason for reaching this conclusion, is when I finally found an app and its correct version to work for the nook operating system, and used the correct working file manager app to run the .apk file the message my Nook Color gave me was;

Install Blocked: For security reasons, only apps purchased through the NOOK Shop can be installed.

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According to this article you can enable app sideloading in the following way (text in italics is mine):

Enable unknown sources

There’s a hidden settings menu on the NOOK Tablet that lets you install apps from unkown sources. You can’t get to it just by navigating through the settings, but xda-developers forum member lionclaw has provided an easy way to open the settings menu from your web browser.

screenshot

  1. Fire up the web browser and visit http://comptonsoft.com/test/
  2. Click the “Download TGPS_launcher” link. (They have changed it for "Download AppMenu" link, you can use this)
  3. You should see a notification in the lower left corner of your device.
  4. Click the notification and tap the entry that says tgps_launcher.apk download complete. (Now it should mention AppMenu.apk)
  5. If you try to install the app using the Package Installer, you’ll be whisked away to the screen shown above, where you can check the box next to unknown sources.

Once you have enabled this option, you can follow the steps described in Keshava's answer


UPDATE:

Fortunately/Unfortunately, the menu wasn't hard to find - all the user had to do was to try to install an app from somewhere other than B&N's app store voila! - the menu was triggered and the option could be enabled. That lasted about a month. Calling the ability to find and enable the option a "bug", B&N sent out an update that "fixed the problem" shortly before Christmas. Ever since then, the only way you can get non-B&N apps on the device is to either root it or use a dual-boot card.

(Source)

Therefore, your own answer is the correct one. I'm sorry I couldn't help you to solve your problem as I would have liked.

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    I will attempt this, thank you for the first realistic answer this question has received. I will be in touch with news of my success or failure.
    – Ender
    Jan 5, 2014 at 6:38
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    I'm afraid this method ends in the same result mentioned in the answer I posted, I receive the message that 3rd party apps cannot be installed. Is there another way to reach this menu?
    – Ender
    Jan 5, 2014 at 6:43
  • I'm sorry to read that. Well, at least we tried. Let me research a little more about that, maybe there is something more we can do. Jan 5, 2014 at 6:46
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    @Ender Thanks for the bounty and for your nice words for me. The effort required to validate the answers that people post here in AE is shared between the moderators and us, regular users. Much of review activities don't provide reputation points (being just taken by true Android Enthusiasts), and as this site is for community, it is up to us to assume those tasks, only sending to moderators those posts which require special and additional efforts or privileges to be dealed with... Jan 6, 2014 at 0:06
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    ... Because reputation is earned mainly by answering questions, some users just post one-line answers with links for the first Google results they find, showing a lack of research efforts. Maybe that doesn't happen in ArQAde because that is a site for gamers, and the research needed to answer correctly a question is made mainly by playing the games (it is the best kind of research, if you ask me), let's just say things are a bit different in AE. On the other hand, AE moderator activity is intense, as you will see in our Meta site. Jan 6, 2014 at 0:07

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