TOP EIGHT ANDROID APP MARKETS
Amazon’s app store is probably the most well-known alternative to the Android Market. It’s included by default on the Kindle Fire. The big drawback to this app store is that it’s only available in the US
For developers it could be a good source of extra income, but there have been rumblings about Amazon’s right to choose when to do promotions. Some developers have reported huge download numbers off the back of the free app of the day promotion, but no resulting increase in sales. You are also likely to do better with tablet optimized apps than Smartphone apps in general.
GetJar is not as well known, but it is around everywhere. GetJar additionally provides away paid apps for free.Unlike Amazon’s app giveaways, GetJar’s premium app giveaways do not reach its expiration date. GetJar contributes new paid apps to its free “Gold Apps” section every week.
GetJar is especially well-liked by newer designers or for people with mobile web based apps mainly because of its free launching service.
At times, GetJar may seem cluttered with shortcuts to mobile sites and less true “apps”, but most would argue that as long as the web app is quality, this is ok because the future of the cellphone web and even laptop processing is “in the cloud”.
GetJar’s clever draw is to offer premium apps to users for free to produce traffic and then monetize that traffic with advertising dollars. Developers might be lured by the virtual currency tie-ins and the option to target new users with various kinds of promotions. It is possible to incorporate GetJar Gold into your apps, and it has 50 million users. Be informed though, the submission process might take a while.
You may not have heard of SlideME, but it claims to be the top alternative app stores around the world. It is preloaded on a range of devices, especially in areas where the Android Market is not available.
The user interface is fairly straightforward with basic categories and a featured app, scroll wheel at the top. The app explanations are quite nice, including screenshots, compatibility menus, and video demonstration links.
The selection button brings up the choices to examine additional categories for “Top Apps” and “Latest” Android apps published.
There is likely a greater enticement for developers because Slide ME offers the opportunity to focus on a wider international audience. Apps is more likely to stand out because the choice is more refined. Developers can set prices and select to provide their apps for free. There is also a Slide ME ad network. It is still possible to get a greater percentage of the revenue generated by your app with Slide ME, than the standard 70 percent you will get in most places.
If you are a fan of the Opera web browser, you may be amazed to know that you already have an Opera’s app store on your device. You will find a link to it on Opera Mobile’s default speed dial page.
1st, it has a excellent Opera “esque” black and red theme. The touch user interface kinda reminds me a lot of how the touch Facebook web app is designed.
2nd, the new Opera Mobile App Store attributes both paid and free apps with competitive prices. All app stores do not sell the similar app for the same price, which makes the alternative application store an interesting addition to the marketplace in order to nurture more competition. For example, QuickOffice Connect mobile office suite was four dollars less expensive compared to the Android Marketplace on March 21st, 2011 selling for only $5.99 instead of the usual $9.99
AppBrain takes a different, more social approach to an app store. It sells itself as an application recommendation system. With its social features, you can find people and view your friends’ favorite apps. You can also see the apps that are currently hot, website-wide.
Appoke has an inviting user interface and a social app experience emphasis.
You sign up for an account and with the account comes a “Newsfeed” and “friends”. The alppoke has their own client, which you can download by using the qrcode on the right.
You can also visit the desktop PC website to “try before you buy”, so to speak.
Many manufacturers attempt to attract people to use their own apps and services. Some businesses, like Sony, with fingers in a lot of pies, want you to commit to their ecosystem of content. As the greatest and most successful Android device maker around, Samsung has been providing a range of its own services and information on all of its devices, and that includes apps. The old app was Samsung Apps, but it has been replaced by S Suggest on all its Android devices. There is also a website which you can sign into and it allows you to browse apps and send them straight to your device.
S Suggest is supposed to draw on a special algorithm to assess a heap of data and throw up smart tailored recommendations for you. On the surface, it seems to recommend the same old suspects. There are a lot of types, and it is a somewhat different view of the mass of Android apps on offer, so it could help you find something new, but the search function is terrible.
For developers there is a submitting process that allows you to get your app certified. The earnings split is a standard 70/30, with 70 percent going to the developer and 30 percent for Samsung. As the number one Smartphone manufacturer, with app distribution across 125 countries, it is perhaps worth taking into consideration.
YAAM, or Yet Another Android Market, is not really that exciting or particularly unique and featureful.
The application (which you can download from the qrcode to the right) offers three types: Apps, Games, and Updates. Apps and Games subdivide into a few of additional filter types, which further subdivides to “Free” and “premium” apps.
Premium apps are not as many as they are in 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.
The extremely particular focus of the F-Droid is free and open source software (FOSS) Android applications. It is pretty basic, but there are some categorization and the list is searchable. You will find a big range of free apps here and they all promise, no tracking, no ads, and no dependencies. It is worth checking out for free applications, particularly if you support the open source movement.
Naturally developers will only want to venture here if they intend to release their creations with no expectation of profit.