Tag Archive: APK

So you got an HTC One X from AT&T

But you’re missing multiple HTC apps like:
Polaris Office
FM Radio
FM Radio Widget
Sound Recorder

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From the Author of this Plug-In

First: this project is made for my personal needs, then I decide to publish it because I think some people may need it. This is not a tool for pirating. It’s good or bad depend on how you use it. Please don’t make me look bad because of this.

APK Downloader is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to download Android APK files from Android Market to your PC

Full Details – Linky

Link to the Project Page – Linky

The idea is scary and I hope no one is going to use this for piracy….

From The Source
It is a tool for reengineering 3rd party, closed, binary Android apps. It can decode resources to nearly original form and rebuild them after making some modifications; it makes possible to debug smali code step by step. Also it makes working with app easier because of project-like files structure and automation of some repetitive tasks like building apk, etc.

It is NOT intended for piracy and other non-legal uses. It could be used for localizing, adding some features or support for custom platforms and other GOOD purposes. Just try to be fair with authors of an app, that you use and probably like.


  • decoding resources to nearly original form (including resources.arsc, XMLs and 9.png files) and rebuilding them
  • smali debugging: SmaliDebugging
  • helping with some repetitive tasks


  • JRE 1.6 (Java Runtime Environment)
  • aapt command in a PATH
  • basic knowledge of what is SDK, aapt, PATH, smali and Google search engine may be useful

Installation for noobs

  • Windows:
    1. Download apktool-install-windows-* file
    2. Download apktool-* file
    3. Unpack both to your Windows directory
  • Linux:
    1. Download apktool-install-linux-* file
    2. Download apktool-* file
    3. Unpack both to /usr/local/bin directory (you must have root permissions)
  • Mac OS X:
    1. Download apktool-install-macos-* file
    2. Download apktool-* file
    3. Unpack both to /usr/local/bin directory (you must have root permissions)


Our First Useless Application – Hurray!

*** Wait – Quick Update ***
When I started writing this guide it was 2/2/2011 and we are at 2/23/2011, just too much travel and more….
I promise this will not happen again….

*** Wait Again ***
When I started this site I thought it would be simple for someone with basic development skills to write applications and guide other people, now I belive it’s not really the case… am I going to stop? no, not at all, I think you can still pick it up without a problem if you know some and uderstand the basics and if not you will learn as we progress, the only difference is that I don’t this my project here is a two month thing but more like a lifetime few months… now let’s move on

So after our first guide of setting up the project we will start developing on (if you didn’t read that start there – Linky) we are going to create our first useless application.
I’m going to skip the whole Hello World! Hello Android and move on if that’s ok with y’all to something a little less useless.

So what is the most important thing and priceless and most useless thing at the same time in the world?
I’m going to say time…. (correct me if i’m wrong but windows 7 was my idea and bare with me here)
So our first application is going to be a clock 🙂
Now that we have Eclipse open we will start in an odd way but after you learn you can take the lead on how and what.

First thing we are going to do is open our res/values/Strings.xml file

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