As time is passing, Android is spreading its wings too, from Android’s first version 1.6 to the latest in developments 3.0. As a new comer in the mobile OS market Android still lacks some of the most important tools which i think will soon be added in the versions to come. Also, adding to the fact that one has to take pains in installing third party application in the Android mobile phone device. So, adding to the support one has to install APK which is the short form of Android package file which allows installing third party applications. So, in the due course of this article we will check out the two simple ways about how you can make the most of now by installing third party applications in your device.
As said, there are two ways to install APK (Android Package), one from Android Market place and other with the help of Android SDK (software development kit).
1. Installing APK from Android Market place:
Like Apple has its own iStore, Nokia has its Ovi Store and Samsung has its own App store, Google too has its own app store with over 70, 000 applications which is named as “Android Market Place”.
- So now all you need to do is to copy the APK file from PC or laptop and copy that file into your memory card in your Android mobile phone device.
- Now after inserting the memory card in your device, download and install the same via the installer application from the Android market.
- As soon as installation is finished, the app installer will display the APK files on the memory card. Now all you need to do is to just install your APK files.
2. Installing Applications with Android SDK
If you don’t wish to use Android Marketplace, then you can also install the APK files, this process is bit lengthy but we will try to make it quicker and faster as you will be using Android SDK.
- First, you will be needing to DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL Google Android SDK program along with the Android USB drivers. You can download the Android SDK drivers from here and USB drivers for Windows operating system from here.
- Now after downloading and installing the same, you need to modify your Android’s setting so that the installation of the applications from other sources can be supported. For this, you need to go to “Settings”, select “SD Card” option and then select “Phone storage” and then you also need to enable “Disable use for USB storage” option so that it doesn’t use USB storage again in the process.
- Now, all you need to do is to just open the command prompt and type the following “adb install <1>/<2> apk”. While typing the command ensure that <1> is replaced with the path of your APK file and <2> with the name of the APK file.
So, now you are done and your application is ready to use all third party applications which you always wanted to enjoy on your android device.