Do you have an Android device? If so, maybe you are still looking for great apps for your device. The fastest way to fill your device with applications is to download free applications through the Android Market.

Android Market is owned by Google and it is a market full of all kinds of cool applications: themes, useful utilities like calculators, and of course there are games to download. Most of these applications are free. Some require you to upgrade for a small fee if you want to gain access to more advanced features. So what do you have to do to get files from the Market?

Unlike conventional software, you don’t need to download files and then install the applications on your device. Just open a Google account and you can access the Android Market. You can access the Market through a web browser or you can use the Android Market application. What is the difference? The Market application. helps you organize all your applications. Downloads are also faster.

Unfortunately, not everyone can access the Android Market. For example, some smartphones do not come pre-installed with the Market application. Therefore, users cannot access Market through an application. Others may want to install an older version of a working application, but can no longer find it in Market. In such cases, they will need to download APK files.

APK files work in a similar way to EXE files. If you have a Windows computer, you will be familiar with EXE (executable) files. Usually used to launch a software installer. The APK file works the same way. When you want to install software on an Android device, launch the APK file through a file explorer. Of course, make sure to enable UNKNOWN SOURCES in your settings.

For security reasons, you are not allowed to install APK files as such files may cause the device to malfunction. For example, an unofficial app may have so many bugs that it keeps causing the device to crash. You don’t want this to happen. Therefore, be sure to download files only from trusted sources. Alternatively, you can wait for others to test the APK file on their devices before attempting the installation. There are developers who are always willing to test the installations. Then they will post their results on forums or blogs.

You can also download APK files on your desktop computer. Just download the files as a normal archive and save it to your local hard drive. Then connect your Android device to your PC and transfer the APK files to your SD card. Then use your file manager (like ASTRO) to locate and open the APK files.

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