10 Top Android Market Alternative App
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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
Boasting an awesome advertising campaign: more competition. For example, QuickOffice Connect
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.
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».
can be a bit annoying, however, because the menu
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.
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
that exciting or particularly unique.
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
Check out YAAM from your browser right now:
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.