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WinZip: Enjoying file archiving and compression on your Android

July 12, 2012

Transferring files over the Internet can be a hassle, most especially if you are attaching numerous files one-by-one to your email. One of the best practices in transferring files is by archiving them into one single zip file.

While there are plenty of applications offering this universal solution, there are three applications still standing strong and still remain as the popular choice for many users.  When it comes to archiving bulk files, WinZip, WinRAR, and 7-Zip are the best applications there is. Of these three applications, WinZip has retained the crown and is considered as the longest serving application that many computer aficionados would agree with.

Popular on both Windows and OS X platforms, WinZip has finally landed onto the Android platform. Although there are already many file managers that feature archive functionality, WinZip is still a welcome addition to the family. WinZip is arguably one of the most reliable applications on any platform.

WinZip on Android still retains the same functionality of its computer-based brother. You can easily open any file and save them in ZIP format on your Android device. Thanks to built-in browser support, you can also preview file types — such as TXT, BAT, JS, LOG, XML, and CSS, just to name a few — within the WinZip application itself.

The app can easily open other formats such as Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, and PDF files with the help of third-party software integration. Not to mention, WinZip also supports viewing of images in JPG, JPEG, PNG, BMP, and GIF formats.

Being a powerful archiving tool, WinZip is capable of shrinking or compressing files, archiving them into one single ZIP file, and extracting files from the compressed archives. Speaking of extracting of files, WinZip is able to open encrypted files that use AES128 and AES256 security.

WinZip features a sleek easy-to-use interface and users who have been using file managing applications like File Explorer will easily get used to WinZip’s interface. Navigation is a breeze and the app supports all the basic features such as copy, paste, edit, and deletion of files. You can even set the app to automatically unzip and install Android applications in APK format when they are first delivered in ZIP format from either downloading from the Google Play Store or from the Amazon Appstore.

WinZip for Android is compatible with a wide range of Android versions and can even run on Android 2.1 Éclair, which is a rare feat for most applications. As of now, WinZip for Android is available only in English, but we’re hoping that it will support multiple languages in the future.

If you’re the sort of person who constantly has tons of files that need archiving, or you’re simply the kind of person who wants your files compressed in order to save space or bandwidth (as when sending multiple files as email attachments), then WinZip just might be the right application to help you keep organized.  Download it free from the Google Play Store.