If you’ve always wanted a way to download an application from the Android Market directly to your PC, boy do we have the right thing for you. An Android developer by the name of redphx sent us an email today, introducing us to APK Downloader. It’s a Chrome extension which allows users to download application APK files directly from the Android Market to their desktop.
In order to use the APK Downloader extension, you'll need the latest version of Chrome on your computer. Then you will need to disable the browser's SSL error warnings, enter your device ID number, email and password. Your email and password are stored locally on your computer and are only used when the Chrome extension tries to grab the Android Market cookie to download the APK file from the Android Market. Once your setup is complete, simply browse the Android Market with your Chrome browser on your PC, find an app you would like to download, and click the APK Downloader icon which appears in the address bar when you are on the application page.
At first, we couldn't think of any real reason to use APK Downloader, but then we realized that there are plenty of Kindle Fire users who do not have access to many of the applications that are only available on the Android Market, plus there are many apps which are made available only for specific devices. Come on, do developers really think that all those Tegra games can not be played on devices with Qualcomm chips?
I don't think the APK Downloader extension for Chrome is going to change anybody's life, but it will be handy tool for those of you who have devices with limited access to the Android Market and simply want to enjoy their applications on as many device as possible.
Give APK Downloader extension a try and let us know what you think.