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    Newb question: "apk"

    Does "apk" just mean the same thing as "application"? Sorry if that's a dumb question. Been on here a while and get flummoxed by all the acronyms and geek lingo and the wiki definition of "apk" confused me...thanks
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    APK stand for Android Package, and is simply the executable/installable filetype that the OS uses. Not a dumb question at all. Analogous to EXE or MSI in Windows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LtKen View Post
    APK stand for Android Package, and is simply the executable/installable filetype that the OS uses. Not a dumb question at all. Analogous to EXE or MSI in Windows.

    Ahh. Now I get how you all are using it here so much. Apps would have ".apk" as their file designation...thanks!
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    Not to quibble, but they're more like .zips than .exes. However, yes. They are BASICALLY apps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonny Kansas View Post
    Not to quibble, but they're more like .zips than .exes. However, yes. They are BASICALLY apps.
    I think technically we're both right, but I'll concede your point.
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    You can change the extension from .apk to .zip in order to browse the files on your PC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skaggz View Post
    You can change the extension from .apk to .zip in order to browse the files on your PC.
    Or you can use winrar and open them as apks, but they ARE installable files on the phone, so either way, it's all good.
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    Actually I would suggest that apks are sort of like msi files. But when we start quibbling over these things, our true dork colors show through.
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    Apk isto android as ipa is to ipodtouch/iphone
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matth3w View Post
    Actually I would suggest that apks are sort of like msi files. But when we start quibbling over these things, our true dork colors show through.
    Haha! Yeah...i said not to quibble though. :-D
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