Originally Posted by hidinu
Follow this simple route:
At least for one time u should activate internet services from ur network.
Then download Astro File Manager (2 MB) to your android mobile.
Install it and that's it.
Now disconnect from internet services from your network operator.
Download .apk files from Android Freeware: Download Free Android Software and Games
or any other similar site to ur computer.
Connect ur phone to computer. Copy all .apk files into the memory card of ur phone.
Browse these .apk files through Astro File Manager and u can install them without the need of android market anymore......
This procedure is simple once u get used to it.
This is just to avoid high internet download charges from network operators than cable internet.
If you have any doubts regarding this u can mail me to: email@example.com
Thanks and have a gr8 day..
As someone new to Android the above info was along the lines I was just Googling for. (How to find / save /install file *.apk's - copy manually.)
Bandwidth /accessibility reasons aside, Having the option to restore from files locally is something not to be dismissed.
I think the market is a great idea- but I can see downsides to having everything in one place:
(Ever heard the expression not to put ALL you eggs in the SAME basket?)
1: A app you may like may disappear from the market. EG: I just read a post saying some apps that find WiFi hotspots were pulled from the Apple marketplace. I would assume that if the app works too well it might "disappear". (Author might pull them too- Author might decide the support hassles are too much)
2: One day- the marketplace may require payment to enter?
(Is this true? -if so time frame?)
Heck- with Google? and various companies getting tracking/marketing info/The Gmail man reading thru all your Gmail and tracking which sites you go to/where you go everyday I doubt #3 below will happen..Too much valuable data... Or am I wrong? Coming from a PC background I have a dislike of apps that "dial home" and transmit data.
3: One day -the marketplace may "end", ala like the marketplace for Windows Mobile devices.
(MS in their stupidity - and their rush to promote Windows Phone 7 has closed down web access to the WM marketplace- and will totally shut if off in OCT-2011 from what I've read. MS has also turned off the Microsoft My Phone app- that allows you to restore data after a wipe/loss/replacement of a phone.)
Q: Just purchased (2) LG Optimus V's... via the marketplace downloaded some apps on phone #1.... What is the process to restore - or should I say install those apps on phone #2 once logged in?
Q: Related- what folder are install files stored? Are they deleted after the installer runs? Is it possible to copy install file to SD card, say creating a folder called SwSetup and run the apk files from there- preserving the install files?
Q: Is it possible to download the *apk /install file directly to a PC from the marketplace? (I assume no)
Q: I read about Anti-Virus for Andriod (linux based) devices. Is it possible to download apk files to PC, then run a scan... Or copy install files to SD card (EG: To SwSetup) and run a scan before you install?
PS: Sorry for the dumb questions/ or info that is not "spot-on"- new to Android.