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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by elanning, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. elanning

    elanning Newbie
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    Greetings,

    I just want to ask the forum if there is a reliable and safe place to download app .apk files from. Some apps do not recognize my phone as compatible when I am using one ROM or another, and so I would like to just download the .apk and install it manually.

    It is not that hard to Google the app name and find some site hosting the .apk but I am not sure about trusting a random site to give me the real app.

    Any tips on a reputable site that collects .apk files?

    Thanks!
     

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    I'd like to give you the benefit of the doubt, but also to remind you that asking for paid software apks or warez on this forum is a big nono.

    That said, there are a fair number of legit markets out there but I'm not sure how many give you apks separately. Most will try to automate the process for you.

    Here are a few of the legit options you have:

    Android Market (Google)
    Amazon AppStore
    SlideMe
    AppBrain
    AndAppStore
    AppsLib (Archos)
     
  3. elanning

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    I had not thought about the way I phrased that, I am not looking to pirate I assure you. Though now that you bring that up, I guess I can see why the market doesn't post links directly to .apk files for paid apps. I suppose I would like to see some secondary method where you can verify that you own the app and get like a one-time link to the file, but that may be asking to much for an issue not many people are running into anyway.

    My specific problem at the moment is that I installed the just released MIUI ROM for the Droid X and free apps like Google Shopper and PayPal no longer recognize my phone when I try to install them through the market.

    Perhaps that is just the price one pays for running cutsom ROMs.
     
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    Ah I see, makes sense :)

    I'd actually recommend asking in the Droid X root forum and see if anyone knows how to get free apps to work again, or in the MIUI communities.

    That would be a more long term solution I would think :)

    Droid X - All Things Root - Android Forums

    hope that helps
     
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