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What is the full form of APK?

Full form of APK: Here, we are going to learn about the APK, its full form, file extension, usages, advantages, and disadvantages.
Submitted by Anushree Goswami, on November 18, 2019

APK: Android Application Package

File Extension: .apk

An APK file is the package file format used for the installation and distribution of applications on the Android operating system. In android, a program is, in the beginning, goes through a process of compilation, and then to assemble it as an APK file, all of its segments are packaged into one unique file. In the process of downloading and installing an android application, it is all about installing an Apk file. We can install an APK file without actually downloading inside from the file manager app or otherwise from the desktop directly. For security reasons, the prowess to install from the desktop directly or from the file manager app is disabled by default. We have to change the system setting of 'Unknown sources' from settings to enable it.

The saving format procedure of APK files can be in compressed zip format. To open the files, we can use any type of decompression or unzip tool. We can use directly either unzip tools to open the files or to change the extension to .zip. These types of files are a type of archive file.

Uses of APK

The Substantial use of APK is getting access to apps ahead of time. By installing the APK helps you in not waiting for the update releases by the application. When any significant Google app releases its significant update, for the user's device to perceive it, it can take a week or more than that. APKs Installation also lets users install apps on their devices that are not to be obtained from Google Play.

APK Advantages

  • Unlike the Apple App Store, Google Play store has a very unique and easy app submission and agreement procedure with no inflexible schemes.
  • The Specialist of Android app development can obtain and make the most of the amazon app store too.
  • You can access the latest and exhilarating specifications of the app by downloading APK files in advance.
  • You can download those apps which are restricted in your area and have no access.

APK Disadvantages

  • The downloaded APK file might be a stolen app file.
  • Few APK services permit a user to download and install pirated apps.
  • Some APK files may carry malicious app or software that can ruin a user's device.
  • The APK files can be getting changed, reconstructed and transformed by hackers and they can simply steal information and data from a user's device just by including additional app permission.
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