ODROID-U2: Google Play

My Odroid booted, the Android version is 4.0.4. Unfortunately, the Odroid image cannot contain Google Apps, just like other mods for phones or tablets. So there is no Google Play to download more applications. This isn’t a big problem, the GApps can be manually installed.

Thanks to Cyanogenmod team, there is a package with GApps. However, it cannot be installed like a standard apk, because it will crash.

Odroid has to be rooted. The USB debugging option in settings has to be turned on, because the GApps will be installed via adb.

When I connected my device and executed adb devices, I saw question marks instead of devices address and ‘no permissions’ message:

$ adb devices
List of devices attached 
????????????	no permissions

This indicates that there are no rules for my device in udev rules. At first I need to known what USB device is this, in particular the vendor and model values. To determine these options I run lsusb with my device still connected:

$ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 010: ID 18d1:0002 Google Inc. 

My device’s vendor id is 18d1 and model id is 0002. Now, this information needs to be added to udev rules configuration files.

I put this line into /etc/udev/rules.d/50-usb-serial.rules and restart udev:


$ sudo service udev restart
udev stop/waiting
udev start/running, process 18099

$adb devices
List of devices attached 

After this, the device is properly recognized.

Now, the GApps apk from Cyanogenmod wiki will be needed, the one for ICS (CM 9). Download it and unpack. Only the ‘system’ folder will be needed.

Installing GApps
Usb attached and device recognized, now we can install the GApps.

The system catalog on the device needs to be writable, so a ‘remount’ needs to be performed:

$ adb remount
remount succeeded

TO install GApps on the Odroid we need to push it with adb tool:

$ adb push ~/odroid/gapps-ics-20120317-signed/system /system

When all file were uploaded to the device, a reboot is needed:

$ adb reboot

Google Play login and first game
When the system booted, go to launcher and choose ‘Google Store’. Login with Google account and it’s done, now apps can be installed.

I installed a game to check how it will look like. The game is ‘Cordy 2’, it’s a platform game. Also I checked if the game pad works with the game. The pad works, however I need to remap the buttons.




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