Mime type for Android apps | Johan Driessen

Mime type for Android apps

I recently got an Android phone (a HTC Hero, to be specific), and of course I felt the need to develop applications for it. I have a few in mind, and I’m sure I will dwell on that in upcoming blog posts. One thing, however, I learned immediately: In order to get the phone to install your app from a web server, you need to have the correct mime type for it.

It turns out that the correct mime type for an .apk file is


You also need to change the settings to allow installation of programs that doesn’t come from Android Market. This setting is found in* Settings > Program, and is probably called “Unknown sources*” in English (it is definitely called “Okända källor” in Swedish).