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What is the difference between .dex and .apk file? .dex file Compiled Android application code file. Android programs are compiled into .dex (Dalvik Executable) files, which are in turn zipped into a single .apk file on the device. .dex files can be created by automatically by Android translating compiled applications written in the Java programming ...


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Actually, an APK file is a ZIP file, where you can found the Magic Number PK in the file header. It contains not only classes.dex but also other meta files such as AndroidManifest.xml which contains the basic configuration of this file. A .dex file is just... uh, I regard it as a "real" executable, like an .exe file in Windows or an ELF in Linux, which ...



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