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markmarz
2018-04-10, 13:26
Hi,

Bought Squeeze Commander quite some time ago, now of course not available on Google Play. Thought it'd be nice to have it on another device, and also I'd like to have a backup so when I no longer have the current device (Nexus 7) I'll be able to install to its replacement device.

Procedure:

extract APK from Nexus 7 using APK Extractor app
Transferred APK from Nexus to Dropbox using ES File Explorer
On new device (Samsung phone), clicked APK in DropBox to kick off install
Get APK not installed message


Tried different target device, a Samsung tablet, and got a more detailed error message: 'There is a problem parsing the package.'

Don't know what the problem is; thinking possibly the APK wasn't extracted properly. Started over with same result, also did a binary compare of both APK's extracted and they're identical. Of course they could both be hosed in exactly the same way.

Am I missing something? I'm winging this so maybe my procedure is incorrect. I could also try messing around with other APK extractor apps, but thought it might be a good idea to have my process checked out first.

Thanks,
Mark M

Apesbrain
2018-04-10, 14:04
My guess is that, with it no longer available at Google Play, the license can't validate. You could try repurchasing it elsewhere. Still available at slideme.org.

Another option is to use a different package installer.

markmarz
2018-04-10, 15:21
My guess is that, with it no longer available at Google Play, the license can't validate. You could try repurchasing it elsewhere. Still available at slideme.org.

Another option is to use a different package installer.

Ah, well that surprises me. For one thing, the error messages in both cases come immediately and the install aborts. I'd have thought an invalid license would prevent usage in some way but not installation. I don't know which package installer you are referring to; it's the OS itself that comes into play at install time, right? The only app I'm using is an APK extractor; yes I could go down that route but I wanted to validate my process first.

And thanks for the suggestion re buying again. I don't love the app enough to pay twice, ha-hah!