Indeed, I remember compressed ARC files, and then the old PKZip and PKUnzip command-line utilities from years gone by, and then, at least for a time, good ol’ Winzip.
While my own personal zip, rar and other compressed file needs seem to be perfectly catered for by 7zip, WinZip is still going strong, these days owned by Corel, the company whose Corel Draw is an app I’ll always remember, having done some great work with it in my younger years.
Even though WinZip sounds like it is for “Windows”, Corel has taken the app cross-platform some time ago, with WinZip for Android joining the release of WinZip for iOS which happened earlier this year, and which has already been downloaded 1 million times by iOS users. There’s even a version of WinZip for Macs, too.
Now, WinZip for Android makes its entrance as a free mobile app, available for Android users to download via Google Play.
Touted as “the world’s #1 zip utility” by Corel, the company says its zip utility “makes it easy to view, open and save zip files on your Android device, whether they're attached to an incoming email, downloaded from a web page or opened from an SD memory card”.
WinZip also has a “ZipSend” file deliver system that sounds similar to YouSendIt, and ZipShare for “social media sharing” via Facebook.
Corel lists the Android app’s top features as making it easy to receive a zip file and view the supported image, text and/or web file directly in the WinZip app, while also being able to take advantage of third-party integration to open other popular file forms.
Another feature is the ability to open AES128 and 256 bit encrypted ZIP files, while you can also copy “unzipped content to the clipboard to paste into an email or another application”, and even the ability to “save the last extracted zip file to access at later time”.
The final headline feature is the ability to “automatically unzip and install Android apps (.apk files) delivered as .zip files from Google Play or the Amazon Appstore”.
All the major text, office document and image files are supported, with Patrick Nicols, President of WinZip stating that: “With our free Android app, we're extending the power of WinZip to new mobile customers and delivering an essential tool for opening zipped files on the go. Our first mobile app, WinZip for iOS, enjoyed a great reception and has already been downloaded by more than a million iPhone and iPad users.
“Now, with apps for Android and iOS, we're offering WinZip tools to customers on both of the industry's most popular mobile platforms. Whether you're using Android, iOS, Mac or Windows, WinZip has the tools you need, designed specifically for your favorite phone, tablet and system."
Compatible with Android OS 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.x and 4.x, it’s available free to download on Google Play now, and coming to other Android app stores soon.