Android APK (application package file) is the file format extension (.apk) used to install application software which can be distributed or shared. The .apk is one of the extension of JAR. The apk file can have any name added to it but it should end with the letter extension of .apk. For Windows it’s called exe program files but when it comes to Android it’s called the apk files. Your Android phone will recognise APK files but not the exe file to install programs. In general, in Android terminology, programs are called as applications.
Google search engine can be used to find apk files on the web. Finding the apk files is the only way that you can find application for those app which you can’t find in the Android Market. Google’s Android Market follows certain rules and regulations before approving an application submitted by the publisher to be listed on Android Market. Google has all rights to remove an Application if its trustworthy or useless. The Third party applications which are not listed or approved by Google Market can be installed on your phone but they require APK file and the manual installation of it. This APK file maybe of games, widgets, live wallpapers etc.,. Most of the Android phone will allow the installation of application via APK file also, although most users prefer to go with Android Market direct installation. As observed the advanced users of Android understand the APK file system installation.
Also its found that many users leave APK files in unprotected directories open to the public for access. You can make use of Google search engine to find out these handy ones. But you would be confused with what keyword should I search out so that Google provide me the results accordingly. Several application developers also released APK before the application is made available in Android Market to gain quick popularity. We have gone through one such application called Android Market v 3.3 via APK which supports Android tablets as well. This was quick launch before the official update of Android market came in. Also we gone through the Google Music APK before it was made available in Android Market.
Do a Google search with the following search term –
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The XDA Developers is the place where developers comes and share or ask for help in application. You can make use of application apk here too. Use the following keyword in Google –
Free Android APK Downloads – Apart from the normal searches in the biggest search engine, you can make use of some of the niche based site on Android APK. The sites like Androidapk.net and droidsurf.blogspot.com can be useful to download the APK files.
Do let us know if you have any question regarding the APK files on Android.