View Full Version : Apk source when no Android Market available ?


aceflor
11-19-2010, 04:04 AM
Since not every tablet has Android Market access, where do you get your apks from ?

mgmueller
11-19-2010, 04:07 AM
Since not every tablet has Android Market access, where do you get your apks from ?

Scenario 1: For example from here: http://m.box.net/view_shared/93t5vc7np8
Scenario 2: If someone has installed the app, he can do a backup. This in the backup generated .apk file can be used for re-installation.
You need some kind of file manager on your Android unit though.
Scenario 3: There are separate market apps. If you find a way to install one of these, you have your market in place.

aceflor
11-19-2010, 04:09 AM
Scenario 1: For example from here: http://m.box.net/view_shared/93t5vc7np8
Scenario 2: If someone has installed the app, he can do a backup. This in the backup generated .apk file can be used for re-installation.
You need some kind of file manager on your Android unit though.

Dahlin'... can't access page 2 of the box link ;)

mgmueller
11-19-2010, 04:32 AM
Dahlin'... can't access page 2 of the box link ;)

Same here. Not my page ;-)
Found it here in some thread.
Are you looking for any specific app?

aceflor
11-19-2010, 05:09 AM
Same here. Not my page ;-)
Found it here in some thread.
Are you looking for any specific app?

Nothing specific apart from the various reader apks (kindle, barnes, kobo, aldiko and so on) which I really would like to be able to compare, some different browsers maybe if it is possible to use them, email apks. The usual thing, nothing too specific really. Still need the android device anyway, but sources might be useful for other Mobileread members.

oorwullie
11-19-2010, 06:40 AM
Since not every tablet has Android Market access, where do you get your apks from ?

try these

http://download.pandaapp.com/?app=soft&controller=android

http://www.freewarelovers.com/android

http://slideme.org/

http://www.androlib.com/

http://mobile.butterscotch.com/Mobile/Android/

you should get everything you want from these.
i then use dropbox to transfer to tablet.....hope this helps

wodin
11-19-2010, 11:58 AM
Thanks oorwullie for the links.

This thread should be a sticky

Dulin's Books
11-19-2010, 08:54 PM
I have created a page for app downloads on my site http://www.dulinsbooks.com/android-apps Most have been tried by me on the PocketBook IQ but a couple still have not. I need a working youtube apk if anyone has one and a nook app. i installed a nook apk that pretends to work then crashes

NicolasR
11-23-2010, 11:23 AM
Scenario 2: If someone has installed the app, he can do a backup. This in the backup generated .apk file can be used for re-installation.

Hi mgmueller !

How do you do a backup, in order to find the .apk files ?
I want to install Kobo Books Reader in the Android emulator on my PC (I want to check my epubs without to plug/synchronise my phone).

mgmueller
11-23-2010, 11:47 AM
Hi mgmueller !

How do you do a backup, in order to find the .apk files ?
I want to install Kobo Books Reader in the Android emulator on my PC (I want to check my epubs without to plug/synchronise my phone).

For example "App Control" from Android market.
Reader apps can be downloaded from Dulin's books and other sources as well.

Dulin's Books
11-23-2010, 11:51 AM
except that page is currently down because of a glitch with aback up.

it will be up again as soon as I can. I have an update to my cart software coming that I want to have finished before I rebuild the apps page.

Ill post the corerect link when i have it done

speedtouch
11-23-2010, 11:58 AM
Thanks, Dulin!

mgmueller
11-23-2010, 12:34 PM
...I need a working youtube apk if anyone has one and a nook app. i installed a nook apk that pretends to work then crashes

nook app and others easily can be downloaded from the regular market with a simple trick:
a.) You have to use VPN on your Android unit.
b.) You (at least I have to) have to take out your SIM as well.
Then you suddenly find the nook app in the market. #"/($"$()"? regional restrictions.

Dulin's Books
11-23-2010, 02:29 PM
i have the youtube , nook and others now as well as unfettered accesses to the market :)

Ill have my list up again in a few days.

speedtouch
11-23-2010, 03:03 PM
How'd you get access to the Android Market? Is it the official Android Market?

mgmueller
11-23-2010, 04:24 PM
How'd you get access to the Android Market? Is it the official Android Market?

Via VPN you find way more apps in the market. And when taking out your SIM, you find them all.
If you don't have access to the Android market, google for "android market". There are some alternatives. For example, I can access the AT&T US market that way.
When googling for "Android repository", you find alternatives. Similar to "Cydia" on iPhone/iPad.

speedtouch
11-23-2010, 05:02 PM
Via VPN you find way more apps in the market. And when taking out your SIM, you find them all.
If you don't have access to the Android market, google for "android market". There are some alternatives. For example, I can access the AT&T US market that way.
When googling for "Android repository", you find alternatives. Similar to "Cydia" on iPhone/iPad.

Well, I don't have a SIM in my PocketBook IQ. So I doubt your instructions would work for me. I'll look into the alternative markets, though. Thanks for the tip.

mgmueller
11-23-2010, 05:36 PM
Well, I don't have a SIM in my PocketBook IQ. So I doubt your instructions would work for me. I'll look into the alternative markets, though. Thanks for the tip.

If you don't have a SIM, it should be even easier. Then they only can track your location via IP and you can hide this via VPN.
Obviously, if you've got a SIM, they check your location additionally via the providers.

speedtouch
11-23-2010, 08:49 PM
If you don't have a SIM, it should be even easier. Then they only can track your location via IP and you can hide this via VPN.
Obviously, if you've got a SIM, they check your location additionally via the providers.

i have the youtube , nook and others now as well as unfettered accesses to the market :)

Ill have my list up again in a few days.

Dulin, were you able to create this VPN? I'm not understanding what to do.

mgmueller
11-23-2010, 08:52 PM
Dulin, were you able to create this VPN? I'm not understanding what to do.

"VPN" is a feature you configure in the wireless settings.
(Don't know about your PocketBook IQ though).
Basically, it's a kind of proxy which simulates the IP of your choice.
For example, you can use an US IP, thus tricking the regional limitations.
As a paid service, I'm using PureVPN for example.
Via VPN, you can use apps like Netflix, Pandora and the likes.

For a "standard" Android unit, how to configure VPN is described here for example: http://forum.purevpn.com/showthread.php?t=746

speedtouch
11-24-2010, 10:43 AM
"VPN" is a feature you configure in the wireless settings.
(Don't know about your PocketBook IQ though).
Basically, it's a kind of proxy which simulates the IP of your choice.
For example, you can use an US IP, thus tricking the regional limitations.
As a paid service, I'm using PureVPN for example.
Via VPN, you can use apps like Netflix, Pandora and the likes.

For a "standard" Android unit, how to configure VPN is described here for example: http://forum.purevpn.com/showthread.php?t=746

Ah ok, so you're saying that you VPN to the US to get access to the Android Market? I suppose I won't have to do that since I'm already in the US. I'm still not understanding how I get to the official Android Market though...

fjtorres
11-24-2010, 11:42 AM
I'm still not understanding how I get to the official Android Market though...

Unfettered access to Marketplace can be achieved by either finding a standalone marketplace apk (they exist) for your version of Android or installing a hacked android environment into the Android emulator that comes with the SDK.

A thorough investigation of the various links in the Pocketbook IQ review (and the followup comments) at The Ebook reader blog (http://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/2010/11/17/hands-on-pocketbook-iq-video-review-first-impressions/) will lead you to several solutions. (Just don't forget you can email apks out of Android. ;) )
Some might work better for you than others...
...at least until Google blocks that access...
...or responds to market demands and provides an open marketplace app.

That said, I suspect android marketplace access may be overrated as the most desirable apps are free and readily available with a bit of web hunting; between this and the alternate marketplaces the only thing you're likely to miss is commercial apps from developers unwilling to take advantage of the alternate distribution channels. And if they don't want your money...

Icewyng
11-25-2010, 04:59 PM
Hi everyone,

Found this little article on The Digital Reader blog that could be of interest for this:

Here (http://www.shanzai.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2060:tip-of-the-day-how-to-install-apps-that-arent-from-android-marketplace&catid=35:android-tablets&Itemid=82).

It would resolve some errors you have if you cannot install from alternate markets.

Also, AppBrain is another great alternative as well for apps.

wodin
11-25-2010, 07:28 PM
I love AppBrain, but I'm pretty sure that it uses the Market for installing apps. That means no Market, no AppBrain.

speedtouch
11-25-2010, 08:29 PM
I love AppBrain, but I'm pretty sure that it uses the Market for installing apps. That means no Market, no AppBrain.

Yep, you're right. I was looking into AppBrain as well. But I realized it does require official Market access...so it's a no-go for me.

Icewyng
11-26-2010, 08:02 AM
Yep, you're right. I was looking into AppBrain as well. But I realized it does require official Market access...so it's a no-go for me.

not good. :( I am sure there should be a way to install the Market. Guess that is time for some research... ;) Especially since the IQ is unrooted.

speedtouch
11-26-2010, 10:37 AM
not good. :( I am sure there should be a way to install the Market. Guess that is time for some research... ;) Especially since the IQ is unrooted.

Unrooted....for now at least! Heh!

gastan
11-26-2010, 11:00 AM
What's wrong with a simple google search? I haven't had any trouble finding any apk I've wanted via google. Want nook? Google nook.apk. Want YouTube? Google youtube.apk. Want Astro file manager? Google astro.apk. They're all out there .... you just have to work a little.

Icewyng
11-26-2010, 03:08 PM
What's wrong with a simple google search? I haven't had any trouble finding any apk I've wanted via google. Want nook? Google nook.apk. Want YouTube? Google youtube.apk. Want Astro file manager? Google astro.apk. They're all out there .... you just have to work a little.

Nothing wrong with Google search... I guess it is just the geek in me trying to find a way to make it work. :D