The Android Market is not the only app store out there. See a list of popular alternatives -- Great for unauthorized devices. Amazon App Store, Opera Mobile App Store, Handango, GetJar, Insyde Market, SlideME, Appoke, YAAM, Mobihand, and AndAppStore.
15/09/2011 17:43 danatheteacher.hubpages.com by kschang 10 Top Android Market Alternative App Stores rate or flag this pageTweet «Get a great paid app for free every day», Choices! Angry Birds RIO is the launch title exclusive. No one else will have this app for a period of time, which T his hub features ten Android app store al- makes the new Amazon App Store an automatic ternatives to the Android Market that run magnate to any Angry Bird fan. the whole process of serving the apps and recruiting the developers themselves. Some «app Amazon is a very large and profitable company stores» are really just alternative browsers for the with an amazing ability to move products. The ar- Android Market, but these six app stores are truly rival of the Amazon app store will bring real com- their own gig. petition to the Android app marketplace As their own gig, the app stores provide their own You can get involved by checking out the Amazon web interface or client app to browse and down- App Store and by downloading the Amazon App load the apps from their servers. If you purchase Store Official Android App by snapping the qrcode an app, you will pay them money directly and not to your right. use Google Checkout like with the Android Market. Also, check out the newly launched Twitter Handle All of these app stores encourage developers to @AmazonAppStore and head over to their new Fa- choose them to publish their apps with and cater cebook Page. to all kinds from web app type site shortcut apps to full, retail apps. Opera Mobile App Store This is not an exhaustive list of alternative app Opera Mobile App Store is the new kid on the block. stores. I included only app stores that did business primarily in English and had fully functional web Recently released in early March 2011, the Opera app interfaces or client based user experiences. Mobile App Store shows potential. There are many more app stores out there, espe- cially if we look at ones designed to serve China and First, it has a stellar Opera «esque» black and other Asian locals. red theme. The touch interface reminds me a lot of how the touch Facebook web app is designed. Lets get to discovering! Second, the new Opera Mobile App Store features joliprint Amazon App Store both paid and free apps with competitive prices. All app stores do not sell the same app for the same Here we go - The Eagle has landed! price, which makes the alternative app store an ex- citing addition to the marketplace in order to foster Printed with Boasting an awesome advertising campaign: more competition. For example, QuickOffice Connect http://danatheteacher.hubpages.com/hub/Top-Android-Market-Alternative-App-Stores Page 1 15/09/2011 17:43 danatheteacher.hubpages.com 10 Top Android Market Alternative App Stores mobile office suite was four dollars cheaper than always returns to the main tree categories instead on the Android Marketplace on March 21st, 2011 of returning to the subcategory menu, which means selling for only $5.99 instead of the usual $9.99. there is a lot of extra clicking involved and redisco- vering your browsing place. Thirdly, the Opera Mobile App Store offers an ac- count based sales experience where you can register Another downside to the AndAppStore is that multiple devices and keep track of your downloads. many apps that you would expect to be in an An- The whole app catalog and delivery system is ad- droid market are not present, such as common web ministered by PocketGear.com browsers. GetJar There are some bright spots! GetJar is a long standing, tried and true, cross plat- AndAppStore seems to be the type of place to form app store. discover underrated and under promoted jewels. There is a rating system that is clearly in its early GetJar is particularly popular with budding de- authoritative stages, but the system is in place. velopers or for people with mobile web based apps because of its free launching service. A few particular items that I really like about AndAppStore is that all of the apps on the mar- At times, GetJar may seem cluttered with short- ket are free. Downloads are extremely simple. An- cuts to mobile sites and less true «apps», but many dAppStore does not require accounts, logins, hula would argue that as long as the web app is quality, performances, or any other annoying hurdles. You this is ok because the future of the mobile web and just press «Download» and that is exactly what hap- even laptop computing is «in the cloud». pens- Bam! Like the Opera App Store and many other alter- Handango native app stores, GetJar is web based. There is a GetJar «app» on the GetJar market, but it is just a Easy access to this store right in your favorite mo- «site shortcut». In other words, the app is good if bile browser. you want to have a GetJar icon to put on your home screen. Pick one and go to: AndAppStore I would not recommend purchasing any apps through this market because in order to get «app AndAppStore is pretty plain and small. You can security», you have to pay $4.99 for each paid app access the store through the AndAppStore client, to make it so that you can re-download it in the which you can download by snapping the QRCode future. Maybe I’m spoiled by the Android Market, to the right. You may also visit it in your browser but i think that is pretty ridiculous. joliprint as a non-mobile website. There are plenty of free apps, however, that are The interface is very straight forward with tree quick and easy to download without any funny arrainged categories and subcategories. Browsing «service charges». Printed with can be a bit annoying, however, because the menu http://danatheteacher.hubpages.com/hub/Top-Android-Market-Alternative-App-Stores Page 2 15/09/2011 17:43 danatheteacher.hubpages.com 10 Top Android Market Alternative App Stores Handango is powered by PocketGear.com, which You can get the client by snapping the QRCode to has its own app store front you can check out if your right or you can visit the non-mobile site. you get bored with the snazzier looking Handango store front. Appoke OnlyAndroid Superstore by Appoke is has an inviting user interface and a so- Mobihand cial app experience emphasis. Mobihand runs several app stores for various You sign up for an account and with the account types of mobile operating systems. Their Android comes a «newsfeed» and «friends». store is called the OnlyAndorid Superstore. To access it, you may download the OnlyAndroid client by Appoke has their own client, which you can down- snapping the QRCode to the right or you can visit load by snapping the qrcode on the right. the non-mobile site in your browser. You can also visit the desktop pc website to «try It has a slick multi menu tabbed interface with a before you buy», so to speak. dark color theme. SlideME The first screen you come to when opening the app from your Android gives you three choices: Apps, SlideME also has an official app - QRcode is on Games, or Accessories. Both apps and games have the right. special «deal of the day» specials. The interface is fairly straightforward with basic There are a few things I like about this app. Its categories and a featured app scroll wheel at the easy to navigate without lag. It looks good. It has a top. The app descriptions are quite nice, including tab for sales and specials built in to the app, which screenshots, compatibility menus, and video de- is something the Android Market proper needs to monstration links. implement. The menu button brings up the options to look at Altogether, OnlyAndroid Superstore appears to additional categories for «Top Apps» and «Latest» be a good option for those seeking an alternative Android apps published. to the Android Marketplace. The settings feature has some neat extras where Insyde Market you can set how many apps you would like to see per page and set a limit on how many screenshots The Insyde Market is fairly young and remains you would like to see per app as well. quite small. It is growing, however, and just recently started accepting paid applications from developers. Check out the website: joliprint In order to use the Insyde Market client on your YAAM Market Android, you must create an account either at their website or through the app itself on the first open. YAAM, or Yet Another Android Market, is not all Printed with that exciting or particularly unique. http://danatheteacher.hubpages.com/hub/Top-Android-Market-Alternative-App-Stores Page 3 15/09/2011 17:43 danatheteacher.hubpages.com 10 Top Android Market Alternative App Stores The app (which you can download from the qr- code to the right) offers three categories: Apps, Games, and Updates. Apps and Games subdivide in to a handful of additional filter categories, which further subdivides to «Free» and «Paid» apps. Paid apps are not as numerous as they are on the Android Marketplace. You might be able to find some deals, however. With all of these markets available, shopping around for the best price can be a useful exercise. Check out YAAM from your browser right now: Final Cautions Just a few cautions before you take off on your alternative app adventure. Unlike the Android Market proper, these alter- native markets do not have the big «Android Kill Switch» for malware infections. You are more vulne- rable if you install from these sources simply be- cause these markets do not have any pervasive big brother like security feature. I highly recommend using an antivirus app to scan incoming downloads and newly installed apps, es- pecially when using alternative markets. Have Fun! joliprint Printed with http://danatheteacher.hubpages.com/hub/Top-Android-Market-Alternative-App-Stores Page 4
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