Application exec location

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    A bit of background:

    On my older phone (Sony Xperia-J), I had a Nyan Cat application. Not the game, but an endless-loop animation. Not YouTube, but locallly held. I upgraded (Sony Z3), but when I went to download it from the Google Play Store, the app had been pulled down.

    I had the idea of manually pulling the android exec file off of the old phone, and plopping it onto my new phone, connected via a PC by its USB.
    I learnt that android .exe files are .apk files, and the executable could be held in one of the following locations:
    - system/app
    - data/app
    - data/app_private

    So away I went with Explorer, but couldn't get the phone to show me any system directory.
    A full search for *.apk resulted in zero hits.

    Are these directories hidden to external file-managers, and is there anything I can do to manually find this exec file?
     

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