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                                                                                                                            by kschang

                10 Top Android Market Alternative App

                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

                      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

                             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
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                Boasting an awesome advertising campaign:                 more competition. For example, QuickOffice Connect


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                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.

                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».
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                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.
                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.
                                                                           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:

                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
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                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

                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!
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