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Adding an App Resource

EdRedi is an Android tablet, and users can add their own native applications by uploading the APK package file. To add an application, users must add a new Resource

ADDING AN APPLICATION RESOURCE

  1. Click Make in the Main Menu.
  2. Under Make New, Select Resource.
  3. Under Resource Type, select ApplicationAbout is optional.
  4. Under Called, enter the name you want to give the app
  5. Click Make It.

  6. After clicking Make it, the user will be transferred to the Properties Page for the new Resource.

UPLOADING APKS

An APK package is an archive that holds all of the binary files for an Android application. To begin the upload process:

  1. Click the arrow next to Resource in the top left.
  2. Select Upload Package and select the package file to upload from your computer.
  3. Once uploaded, it will appear in the All Packages list.
  4. Make sure the Default Package property is set to the APK file desired, which should be the most recent app. More than 1 APK can be uploaded to this resource, much like uploading more than one version of the same app. The Default Package will always open the app version you selected.

PACKAGE NAME

Every Android application has a package name that uniquely identifies it. Normally this is almost the same file name as the APK package, all the way up to the first hyphen, or it's name between hyphens, like so:

  • instead of --->  com.android.dropbox-123456_v2.apk
  • Use this as the Package Name--->  com.android.dropbox

OR

  • instead of --->  DropBox-com.android.dropbox-123456_v2.apk
  • Use this as the Package Name--->  com.android.dropbox

If the APK package has been installed on the EdRedi as a Resource, but it remains "grayed out" or inaccessible, then the Package Name may not be correct. The correct Package Name can be found by either of the 2 methods below:

METHOD 1 - From Google Play Store

  1. Go to http://play.google.com
  2. Do a search for the app's name
  3. Click on the app to go to its specific Information Page
  4. Once you're in the app's specific Information Page, look in the web address field above:  

  5. In the Web Address Field, look for id= (marked in purple in picture above).
  6. The correct package name should be listed after id= (marked in red in the picture above).

METHOD 2 - The Information Page on the Device

  1. Return to the EdRedi tablet, tap on the Options Menu (3-dot icon) and wait for the menu tray to slide out.
  2. Tap on Information.
  3. In the EdRedi Information Page, slide the page upwards to find the Installed Applications section.
  4. Review the list of installed applications until the name of the application is found.
  5. Next to the name of the application will be the correct Package Name between parentheses. For example:
    • DropBox (com.android.dropbox)
  6. After correcting the Package Name in the EdRedi Portal, go back to the Information Page and click on the "Check for Updates" button located to the right of the screen. 
  7. Once the update is completed, the Resource application should no longer be "grayed out" and fully functional.
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