APK Downloader Chrome extension lets you download apk files to your PC


If you have been looking for a safe way to get .apk files, this may very well be your best bet. Developer redphx has just released a new Chrome extension, which allows you to download .apk files straight from the Android Market.

There are many reasons why you may want to get the app files downloaded to your PC. It would mostly be useful for those with Android devices that do not have access to the Android Market. Such users usually download the .apk files from shady websites or third-party app stores, in order to side-load them into their phone or tablet.

Many times, these sites have malicious apps, though. This extensions would allow users to get their apps while taking advantage of the Android Market’s security.

We could also see users being able to get paid apps for free. By no means do we condone such actions. Developers work very hard to make these apps. So please keep things fair and try to support the developers.

Those that would like to take advantage of this service can go ahead and download it by hitting the source link. There are a few steps that need to be taken before being able to use this, so make sure you follow the instructions.

Check out the video below to see a demo of APK Downloader, and let us know what you think. Will you be using this service? What other uses do you see for this?

[Source: codekiem Via: The Verge]

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  • EarlyMon

    Given that the dev said you can’t use this to get paid apps for free, why would you foresee using this for getting paid apps for free?

    And while this free app rumor is rampant in the Android blogosphere, had it been true, you would have been fostering piracy, nothing less, using “journalistic blogging” as an excuse. Your link saw to that.

    Did anyone check if this violates paragraph 3.3 of the Market Terms of Service?

    How about that you have to turn off SSL to use this?

    What a story :@

    • feztheforeigner

      One person will genuinely buy the app then repost it for everyone to download…pretty simple…

      • zin11

        but then you’d have to trust that person. Might as well as download it on some site and trust the uploader.

        also, what would be the difference between this and me making backups of apps i install on my phone and sideloading it on kindle? All I can think of is that i dont have to install it on my phone and do it straight from my pc but thats about it.

  • reiththestud

    This would be great for getting apk’s to sideload onto the Kindle Fire.

  • http://www.DavidPat.com David Pat

    This is insane. Maybe even Linsane. 

  • curtst

    Looks like the developer isn’t allowing it to be downloaded anymore.  I was looking forward to this app.

    • koolkat2

      goddammit! me too, it was gonna be pretty easy to get incompatible apps sideloaded between my 4 devices… stupid fragmentation

  • CaptBebops

    Oh this will be fun when someone downloads an app and finds it doesn’t work on their device because it requires the Google API not just the Android API.  If your device supports (licensed for)  the Google API then it comes with the Android Market anyway.  A lot of the cheap tablets come with just the Android API.

  • J H

    It requests you feed it your email and password? No way.