June 19, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
One of the most popular shareware apps of all time has come to Android with the release of WinZip. The popular archiving tool is available for free in Google Play and can open files within .zip archives for devices running Android 2.1 or higher.
WinZip, on the desktop, is well-known for taking multiple files that can add up to a large amount of space and then packing them into one .zip file that compresses the data. Someone can then share the smaller set of files or keep it on their device for archival purposes. Once they need to access the files, the app can then unzip and restore everything to its original size.
The mobile version doesn’t quite have that robust power. The app cannot create archives and features are limited. However, WinZip Computing notes that this is just “a 1.0 app and our first foray into the Android world. It is a ‘baby’ and will grow in time.”
Winzip is capable of opening .zip files and viewing supported formats for photos, image, text files, documents, and APK’s with its built-in viewer or exporting to third-party apps. Users can copy an unzipped fils to send to another app or save to the SD card. Download the app from Google Play and check out a list of supported formats below.
• Photos and images (.jpg, .jpeg, .png, .bmp, .gif)
• Text files (.rtf, .csv, .txt, .ini, .inf, .bat, .js, .log, .xml, .css, .java, .cs, .h, .m, .cpp, .c, .sql, .properties)
• Web files (.htm, .html, .jsp, .asp)
• Apk files (.apk)
WinZip for Android works with 3rd-party apps to open:
• Word documents (.doc, .docx)
• Excel spreadsheets (.xls, .xlsx)
• PowerPoint presentations (.ppt, .pptx)
• PDF files (.pdf)