Many people think that Google Play is the only option Android users have for downloading apps. But there are actually quite a few quality alternatives. Additionally, if you’ve bought a device that isn’t authorized to run the Play Store, getting access can be very difficult (if not impossible). You’ll have no choice but to use an alternative. Frankly, there are many reasons to use an alternative app store on Android. The options below can help you find plenty of great apps even without Google Play.
1. Amazon Appstorecompared the Play Store to the Amazon Appstore in the past, but Amazon’s option has updated and grown a bit since then. The newer Amazon app fits in with today’s flat app interfaces. The navigation menu that used to slide out from the left is gone. Now you can navigate categories by tapping icons at the bottom of the screen, as you would in an iOS app. These sections help you discover new apps and view your current library. They also keep track of your Amazon Coins, a form of digital currency akin to gift cards. The app also holds a light social component called Pulse. On the homepage, you can scroll down to see featured apps and what’s currently popular. There’s also a section for free software and apps on sale. Amazon’s store may not match the Play Store in size, but it manages to feel like a viable alternative. A large number of the most popular apps are present, if you exclude Google’s large collection of services. Of course, that’s a big caveat. Many people consider Google’s software the primary reason they use Android over iOS. Download: Amazon Appstore (Free)
2. F-Droidour favorite open source Android apps to give you some ideas. Download: F-Droid (Free)
3. SlideMESlideME Application Manager. SlideME’s app selection is larger than F-Droid’s, but smaller than Amazon’s. You’ll find more games here than on F-Droid and can avoid the tracking that comes with using Amazon. While SlideME may reach out to areas underserved by the Play Store, the company is actually based in Seattle. Each app is subject to review, so you can expect a certain degree of quality and safety. The store’s interface hasn’t seen an update in years, but it’s still functional and easy enough to learn. There are plenty of ways to discover new apps, which is a plus. Selecting an app gives you a download button, description, screenshots, reviews, and a few more options towards the bottom. It’s a fairly standard amount of choices, similar to what you might find in the Play Store. However, there is a thin banner advertisement that runs along the bottom of the app sometimes, which is annoying if you accidentally press it. Download: SlideME (Free)
4. Humble BundleHumble Bundle (Free)
Who Needs Google Play?If you can’t access the Play Store, I hope one of these alternative app stores helps you download all the apps you need. Meanwhile, if you’re leaving the Play Store because you have privacy concerns, there are other steps you can take to de-Google your Android device. Read the full article: The 4 Best Google Play Alternatives for Downloading Android Apps
Friday, January 11, 2019 - 11:00