I'm writing this from the tablet having the issue.
2 months ago when I still had a working pc I wanted to install Linux on my tablet and in the process I wiped mostly everything from it and changed the custom recovery to not include those wiped app files.
I wanted to put Android back, but I forgot to download and install the missing app files for it to work correctly, the most important being the Download Manager.
Today my pc unfortunately broke up and I have a project to be done. So I thought to begin using this tablet to program as I have no money to buy another pc for maybe a year.
The problem is that I can't download anything as I'm missing the Download Manager app. When I try to download something for ex. with Chrome it crashes.
Now, given that I have no access to a pc for a year or so but my tablet is fully rooted, is there a way to download and install the Download Manager apk?
My thoughts on possible theoretical ways:
- As I can't download but copy/paste text from the net, I could try to look for the Download Manager apk, copy its source, paste it on text file and give it the .apk extension.
- Trick the Chrome cache to store the .apk file and then retrieve it from the cache offline. But here I don't know where the Chrome cache is stored and I'm afraid it's in a privileged part of the system where only a file manager with root functionality can see it. 2.
- If it's supported create a script on Jsfiddle to fetch the apk file and save it through IndexedDB or LocalStorage and access it offline thereby being able to install it.
My question here is: Would that work? Otherwise have you ideas on how to do that given the current situation?