Tom Tomm has put together a method of installing Playstore and Rooting your Pine without ADB (android device bridge) PC Connectivity. Thanks Tom Tomm!
Chat group member Fet Guy has graciously created a thorough troubleshooting guide if you can’t get your Pine to connect via ADB in Windows. It can be found HERE.
Early reports state that the Windows driver download from Neptune’s Support site does not work.
Windows should normally just install the drivers itself, no additional downloads required. Be sure that you-
- Have your Pine set to “CONNECT TO PC” usb mode. This is the mode you need to use for rooting, or installing Play Store.
- Wait at least a minute so Windows can locate and download the appropriate driver. If it does, then you don’t need to install anything.
- Additional Troubleshooting Steps found HERE.
To access, just go to the dialer and dial *#*#4636#*#*. This secret code is not exclusive to the Neptune Pine. It should be available in any Android device. Under Device Info you can find the IMEI, useful battery information, cell signal strength, LAC and CID information.
It is recommended to not change any setting here. In Device info page, you can also set preferred network type. This is set elsewhere to “Automatic”, so don’t change it unless you really know what you’re doing.
Neptune published their official Support portal for the Pine yesterday http://www.getneptune.com/support! This is the best place for support if you need answers or help from the source!
Also, buried on that page are the much requested Windows Drivers for the Neptune Pine! The package was in compressed RAR format- since I’m aware many people might not know how to deal with a RAR, I’ve recompressed it into a zip, located here: Neptune Pine Windows Drivers ZIP
Update: it’s reported that these drivers don’t work, so your mileage may vary. Let us know if they do for you.
Brian, (or Bedwa on XDA), has been putting a lot of his own time and energy into getting a Custom Recovery working on the Pine. Once Custom Recovery is possible, then that opens the door for Custom ROMS. His previous accomplishment was creating the simple Google Play install method found here.
As you know, everyone’s time is worth something- so if you hope to use Custom ROM’s on your Neptune Pine in the future, toss him a a few dollars to show him your support!
The latest version of SWAPP Link includes bug fixes, BUT the most important new feature is remote install! If you install SWAPP Link onto your Phone, the setup wizard will prompt you if you want to send an email with a direct link to download/install SWAPP Link to your companion device (In this case, the Neptune Pine)! Nice work, Cyril!
It’s missing the first part of how to get the bottom case off, but fairly clear on how this is accomplished. Note, we’re fairly certain that anything past 64GB isn’t supported in Android, so stick to a 64gb SD card.
New method available to install Google Play and Services without requiring rooting or flashing.
This should work, provided your PC/Windows has connected to your Neptune Pine and installed the drivers. Pine not connecting via your PC? Try this first
- Download to your PC: https://www.dropbox.com/s/yx1509kcvt2jgjk/Gapps-Sideloader.zip
- Connect your Pine in “Connect to PC” usb mode.
- Double-Click on Gapps-Sideloader.bat
- Enjoy. Reboot option suggested. If you don’t, you will have to reboot manually.