Saturday, February 25, 2012

APK Downloader Chrome extension bypasses restrictions, saves Android apps to your desktop

Ever wanted to download Android apps (.apk's) to your desktop, but there were restrictions so that you couldn't do it? Well now you have a solution.

Developer redphx has released a Chrome extension that lets you download Android app files (.APK) directly onto your desktop. It hasn't been impossible for Android users to get the files onto their computers before, but the new extension, called APK Downloader, makes it simple.

But why would you want to do that? Well for one the website has all the apps from the around the world, because the Android Market you get on your phone is region locked. The website isn't so that is a reason to use this. Another big reason to use this is to download apps and side load them onto the Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet, which does not have the market on it.

What about compatibility? The extension's compatibile with Windows, OS X, and Linux, and when we tested the extension on a Windows 7 PC everything worked as advertised. It requires Chrome 17 or greater, and once you install the extension you need to make a quick change to your browser shortcut properties to disable SSL error warnings. Once you do that, you give the extension your Google account credentials (the developer invites you to check the source code to see that he isn't collecting this information) and some information from your phone and then you're good to go.

Click here to download the extension. This is a direct link. Again this is at your own risk. I am not responsible for what happens to your device.

Source: Android Central

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