HOWTO: Get the OLD Android Market Back on Your Rooted Device

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When the new Android market was previewed at Google I/O, everyone was full of ‘oohs and aahhs’. Then the leak came out and then the updates. From that point forward the market has been a hot topic of conversation. Some people love it, others can’t stand it and just want to take a step backwards in time. For those of you that are not all that thrilled with how the new market looks or operates, there is hope. XDA member, Omnichron, has taken the time to get reverting back a version as easy as possible.

Installation:
1. Download files below, do not rename them! Transfer to SD Card.
2.* Use any file explorer and mount system as RW and delete file name (Root Explorer works nicely)‘Vending.APK’ and ‘MarketUpdater.apk’ from /system/app/. You can also delete folders com.android.vending and com.android.vending.updater in /data/data.
*Do a reboot.
* Open File explorer/ Root Explorer and Mount your file system as RW and copy ‘updater.apk’ from SD Card to /system/app/and do a reboot.
* Now, mount your file system as RW from explorer and copy ‘market.apk’ from SD Card to /system/app/ and Reboot phone.

It is not that horrible of a process and would make your life a little easier. Some of you might be reading this and wonder why anyone would want to go back. The reasons vary, lag issues on older model devices, don’t like the layout or any other number of personal reasons. What ever your reason might be for reverting to the old market, that is up to you. If you feel this is something you wish to do, feel free to head on over to Omnichron’s XDA thread for the download files.

Source: XDA

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  • David

    Look for an easier way post #24, also added a change:
    Originally Posted by acolwill  Using ADB;Thanks that worked BTW, on the Vibrant (MiUi) here is the command I used to mount without going into CWM….From your preferred ADB console:adb shell mount -o rw,remount -t ext4 /dev/block/stl9 /systemadb push Vending.apk /system/appadb shell rm /system/app/MarketUpdater.apkadb shell chmod 644 /system/app/Vending.apkadb shell chown root.root /system/app/Vending.apkReboot.

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