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I had downloaded an early copy of some game, as its apk was put on apitoide after the app was available for 15 mins. Its an app that allows you to fling spheres at imaginary monsters.

Anyway (Ha-Ha!) The apk was a horrible, buggy mess, whilst the play store version was significantly cleaner.

** Is there any reason to why APK's are more 'broken' than their play-store versions? **

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    Which version was the side-loaded one vs the play-store? Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 18:06
  • @MorrisonChang 0.29.2, AKA the latest version at time of writing
    – Dan Brown
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 20:27
  • Realize that Google Play Services knows if you got it from the source Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 23:58
  • @MorrisonChang True, but why would that matter? Are they making sure APKS are buggy?
    – Dan Brown
    Commented Jul 16, 2016 at 0:01
  • Pure speculation - Piracy remediation A/B Testing via the various Google Play Services.Or perhaps that particular game had server side issue corresponding to your testing. Commented Jul 16, 2016 at 2:53

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The Play Store version is the official version, which often has updates pushed out on a regular basis. Developers put effort into maintaining the play store version. If you are using an APK version downloaded from elsewhere, there is both the danger that you have put malware on your device and the high probability that it's older than the official release.

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  • True, but in some scenarios, the apps had the same version AND checksum
    – Dan Brown
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 20:26

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