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APK is a format specifically for Android devices. It uses a .apk extension and can be downloaded via Android software sources.


[edit] The format

This file format is a variant of the JAR format and is used for the distribution and installation of bundled components onto the Android mobile device platform.

An APK file is a ZIP file, with a particular internal file layout that allows it to be run in place, without unpacking. This format usually consists of 2 folders and several files. This includes:

  • META-INF (folder)
  • res (folder)
  • AndroidManifest.xml
  • classes.dex - a compiled Dalvik Executable. (The App)
  • resources.arsc

[edit] ADB

Android Debug Bridge (adb) is a versatile command line tool that lets you communicate with a device. The adb command facilitates a variety of device actions, such as installing and debugging apps, and it provides access to a Unix like shell. ADB is part of Android Studio.

[edit] Android Studio

Android Studio is the official IDE, Integrated Development Environment, for Android development, and includes everything you need to build Android apps. It includes: SDK tools and environment and also emulators for Windows and MacOS X,

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