Other apk file extensions
Did your computer fail to open apk file? We explain what apk files are and recommend software that we know can open your apk files. An apk file extension is used for Google Android application packages for Android based devices. apk files are basically a renamed zip files, used to install apps to Android smart phones. The apk file extension is associated with the Google Android smartphone operating system for portable devices. The apk file is an archive that contains source data of Android application (compiled dex files, compiled arsc files, AndroidManifest.xml file, settings files, source files, graphic files).
What is apk file?
APK files are stored in the /data/app directory. "App" directory is accessible only on rooted devices via file explorer. Android package file is almost a jar file (Java Archive) which is based on the ZIP compression format. The content of APK archive is accessible by compression utilities such as WinRAR, WinZIP etc. To open APK archive in compression utility, rename file extension apk to zip.
Software that will open apk file
New applications are available on the Google Play Store (formerly Android Market). Applications from the Android Market are signed and tested, but Android also supports installation of unsigned applications via USB. To install Android apk application to your phone via USB:. Connect your phone to computer via USB cable and copy .APK file to memory card. Use file manager for example ASTRO and open a content of the memory card.