android: Google seems to disagree with Xiaomi’s idea of ​​APK files on Android, here’s how


Google is not in itself a big fan of APK files. The company does not, however, ban APK files on android devices as it is an open source based system, it always advises users to download apps only from trusted sources i.e. Google Play Store. In fact, this is a big difference between Android and AppleiOS operating systems — the ability to install third-party apps from outside the Google Play Store.
And now it seems Xiaomi wants to end the extraction of APK files on Android phones. According to a report by 9to5Google, citing Esperdev’s Mishaal Rahman, a Xiaomi developer has submitted a proposal to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) that would prevent Android device owners from copying APK files from their phones outright. As for the reason, it is to protect “private resources”.
Here is how the proposal reads:
* Don’t allow shell to get apk data
* Apk may include some private resources so we must not allow others to extract it.
The Xiaomi developer suggests that the apps are only available for download from the Google Play Store or any other trusted app store.
Why Google disagrees
Google, however, would appear to be directly opposed to the proposal. The reason given is that developers cannot consider APK files to be secret. “Can an APK ever be considered private? I don’t think the contents of an APK should be expected to remain secret. I don’t know why we would even want that, and even if we wanted, then there really is no way we can guarantee that, even with this change,” is Google’s position.
What is an APK file
For those who don’t know what it is, here is what an APK file is. APK stands for Android Package/Android Package Kit or Android Application Package. It is a file format that the Android system uses to distribute and install applications. It includes all the elements an app needs to install properly on a device. Sideloading APKs allow users to install apps which are not there on Google Play Store, it also gives access to apps before they are released for everyone. But yes, it is not advisable to install APK unless it is very essential and comes with its own set of risks.


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