Newb question: "apk"

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  1. Sal

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Haha! Yeah...i said not to quibble though. :-D
     
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    My last quibble. I did include MSI in my original description.

    OK, nerd battle over, I'll call a draw. :D
     
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