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Xiaomi wants to prevent the extraction of apk files on Android devices

BingMag.com <b>Xiaomi</b> <b>wants</b> to <b>prevent</b> the <b>extraction</b> of <b>apk</b> <b>files</b> on <b>Android</b> devices

Xiaomi, which is currently one of the largest phone manufacturers in the world, apparently intends to eliminate the possibility of extracting apk files on Android devices. Fortunately, Google opposes this.

Over the past few years, the ability to extract and share apk files (used to install an application) has been a huge advantage for the entire Android ecosystem. For example, suppose a new update is released for your app but it causes a lot of problems for it, here you just need to go to a website like APKMirror or similar sites to download the old and hassle-free versions of the app and install it on your phone . Or, for example, if you do not have enough data, you can ask those around you to send you the update apk file locally to install it. Some people also use the code in these files to find out about new features.

But some companies seem to be unhappy about this. According to Michelle Rehman, a XDA developer and Xiaomi developer, a request was made to remove the ability to extract apk files from Android devices. The main reason for this request was to protect a number of important and private sources. Instead, he suggested that apps only be downloaded and installed through reputable department stores such as the App Store so that important information that might be contained in their code would not be leaked.

But a major weakness in There is this request; We assume that ordinary users' phones will no longer be able to extract the apk file. In this case, those users who want to extract information from the files, can easily do so by installing the Android debugger. Despite such a solution, even if the possibility of extracting files from phones is removed, what else is to be protected?

Google responded to this proposal by saying that "a file at all. "Can the apk be considered private?" A company spokesman added: "I do not think we should expect the apk files to remain hidden. We do not know why we should want such a thing at all, and even if we want to do this (remove the possibility of extracting the apk file), even with these changes we can not do anything. "

It seems in general Google strongly opposes Xiaomi's decision to remove the possibility of extracting apk files on Android products. A good decision that made the nature of Android open source remain the same as before.


Source: 9to5Google

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