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Google vs. Total Commander: The app will no longer be able to sideload APKs



Google vs. Total Commander: The app will no longer be able to sideload APKs

Android has always been famous for giving users the ability to install apps from third-party sources – this practice, called sideloading of the APKscould also be done via the popular file manager Total Commanderbut Google has asked the developers to remove that feature.

In a post on the Total Commander forum, the developers explained that Google sent them an email saying that the app was in danger of being removed from the Play Store for an “abuse of the device and the network”: in particular, BigG referred to a rule according to which apps in the Play Store cannot download executable files from sources outside the Play Store. With the latest update of Total Commander, the possibility of sideloading APKs has therefore been removed.

This is a very special situation: on the Play Store there are many apps that actually allow you to download and install APK files (the Google Chrome browser is one of them), but Total Commander only allows you to install files that are typically downloaded from the internet or imported to your smartphone via PC. Below you will find an extract in English of the email in question.

An app distributed via Google Play may not modify, replace, or update itself using any method other than Google Play’s update mechanism. Likewise, an app may not download executable code (eg dex, JAR, .so files) from a source other than Google Play. This restriction does not apply to code that runs in a virtual machine or an interpreter where either provides indirect access to Android APIs (such as JavaScript in a webview or browser).

As mentioned previously, your app (APK versions 1031, 1032, 1033, 1034, 1035 and 1036) causes users to download or install applications from unknown sources outside of Google Play.

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