Google Chrome has disabled .apk download functoonality
Google Chrome web browser (Version 36.0.1985.125 m) has disabled the 2.1.2.crx .apk download extension, and it no longer functions. It cannot be re-enabled in Tools>Extensions. Uninstalling and reinstalling Google Chrome web browser, and then following the OP again, lets me drag, drop, and install 2.1.2.crx as an extension, but now this APK Downloader 2.1.2 extension is immediately grayed out upon installation. The enable box is there, but cannot be enabled.
This worked yesterday upon first installation. When working, it only downloads free applications. I successfully downloaded a few free app (installable.apk's) which I use. When reverting back to stock or a different ROM, I find having these installable .apk's much more convenient to use than going to the Google Play Store and searching then downloading each and every app.
My advice to anyone who initially finds this Chrome extension working, is to download as many free apps you feel you may possibly want. You will probably end up with a larger installable library of free appw than the one I have. Following is a listi of my app library:
D:\Users\m\Downloads\Android apps\Google play store download apks\From Store\
Busybox Stephen (Stericson).apk 2517 KB 8/4/2014 10:07:58 PM
Chrome Browser.apk 28807 KB 8/4/2014 11:20:44 PM a
cpu-z_1.66.apk 806 KB 8/4/2014 10:53:48 PM a
doubleTwist Music Player.apk 15757 KB 8/4/2014 11:19:54 PM a
ES File Explorer File Manager.apk 4302 KB 8/4/2014 10:14:00 PM a
FBReader.apk 5201 KB 8/4/2014 10:55:00 PM a
Google Maps.apk 15493 KB 8/4/2014 10:57:18 PM a
Google Translate.apk 3329 KB 8/4/2014 11:05:24 PM a
Greenify.apk 1208 KB 8/4/2014 10:56:10 PM a
MyScript Calculator.apk 10356 KB 8/4/2014 10:58:42 PM a
Online Nandroid Backup.apk 4177 KB 8/4/2014 11:00:02 PM a
QR Code Reader.apk 3224 KB 8/4/2014 11:02:10 PM a
Root Checker.apk 824 KB 8/4/2014 11:00:58 PM a
SH Script Runner.apk 154 KB 8/4/2014 11:03:26 PM a
Skype.apk 19424 KB 8/4/2014 11:06:18 PM a
Super 2048.apk 1982 KB 8/4/2014 11:16:16 PM a
SuperSU.apk 2281 KB 8/4/2014 11:04:24 PM a
Tiny Flashlight + LED.apk 997 KB 8/4/2014 11:15:24 PM a
Titanium Backup.apk 6388 KB 8/4/2014 11:07:00 PM a
ViPER4Android??FX?For4.0-4.2.2.apk 2532 KB 8/4/2014 11:12:40 PM a
Wanam Xposed.apk 2999 KB 8/4/2014 11:07:52 PM a
XDA-Developers.apk 3857 KB 8/4/2014 11:13:36 PM a
Total 0 folder(s); 22 file(s)
Total files size: 137 MB; 136627 KB; 139905734 Bytes
Any "pro", "paid", or "donation" versions of the above files cannot be downloaded even with a working installation of the APK Downloader 2.1.2 extension.
Google was free and open as a start up, welcoming any and all developers. The future of Google looks increasingly controlled and locked down.
This specific experience of mine with the APK Downloader 2.1.2 extension is a prime example. Google explains and excuses the foregoing automatic Chrome web browser actions as protecting me the end user. Total bunk!!
And it is not piracy downloading free apps.