I have always installed apps from the official store but today I wanted to install an app from SlideMe so I clicked "download" but it didn't install automatically. It just downloaded an .apk file and then a window popped up with two options called "Google installer" and "package installer"..how do I proceed? I have an unrooted S3.

OS: 4.1.1


Choosing the Google installer option will verify the application with Google before installing. Choosing the Package installer option will install the application as is. Since I like to be safe, I installed AVG Antivirus from the Play Store. A third option will be to scan the package for viruses before installing.

  • Whst's the "choose unknown sources" on your phone people keep talking about? – verve Aug 29 '13 at 0:59
  • this is a setting in options you need to enable to be able to install non-market apps (.apk)s. – user24200 Aug 29 '13 at 1:00
  • If I choose the Google installer it will not install if the Play store has banned it yes? – verve Aug 29 '13 at 1:18
  • That I'm not sure about. I just scan for viruses and install. – user24200 Aug 29 '13 at 1:19
  • Google Installer and Playstore are two different pairs of shoes. The installer is part of the GSF (Google Services Framework), Playstore is another (specific) app. Btw: Anti-what? Well, it cannot hurt to check with it, but I wouldn't rely on the results. There've been quite a lot reports lately on that topic, and I'm not a good friend of such AV-apps. But that's my opinion ;) – Izzy Aug 29 '13 at 6:22

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