If you are tired of using the same old app store on your Android phone all the time, and want to try out something different, there are a few good alternatives that you could try out. Google Play is easily one of the best app stores out there for Android mobiles, nevertheless, it is always good to explore different things, if you feel up to it. Some Android devices even don’t have access to Google Play, which means that you are required to use an alternative. Check out 5 of the best alternatives to Google Play below:
1. Amazon App Store
Amazon app store is without a doubt one of the best app stores out there and might be the best alternative to Google Play that you can find. It is also the default app store for people with Kindle tablets, because they cannot use Google Play. It is true that the Amazon App Store does not offer as many apps as Google Play, but the quality standards are very high. Everybody probably already knows about the free app of the day that Amazon offers, and this promotion has featured some amazing premium apps. One advantage that Amazon has is that it lets you test an app in your browser before you buy it, which means that you will spend less money on apps that you end up not using, because they turn out to be a disappointment. We certainly recommend you to try the Amazon App Store.
2. Opera Browser
This is something new that you may be unaware of, but it turns out that one of the newest features that Opera Browser added is a built-in app store. So if you are a fan of Opera Browser and you happen to also be looking for a Google Play alternative, this is the best option for you. However, Opera Browser’s app store isn’t one of the greatest and doesn’t have as many apps as other app stores. It also often redirects you to Google Play via links. Opera Browser will probably fix some problems with the interface soon, but there is certainly something left to wish for when it comes to that. I don’t recommend getting Opera Browser for this app alone, but if you already have Opera Browser you should give it a try.
One of the best things about GetJar is that it has a variety of free apps to offer for many different platforms. The app store itself is very basic and easy in use. The apps are all divided into categories and sub-categories so that you can easily find what you are looking for and you will be able to see the likes and dislikes and comments on all the apps from other users, so that you know what you are getting yourself into before installing an app. This is also one of few app stores that can connect to Facebook. With the so called GetJar Gold system and the GetJar rewards app you can discover apps that meet your requirements and you will earn rewards from which you can get premium apps and upgrades for free. One thing that kind of sucks about GetJar is that you will see many sponsored recommendations, but you can easily see which ones fall under that definition.
This is another great alternative to Google Play that I can honestly recommend to you. Like GetJar, it has many free apps and it also makes use of categories, so that you can easily find what you are looking for. Of course there is also a search option where you can just type a keyword into the list and search. Another good thing is that F-Droid promises no ads, no tracking and no dependencies so that you know that you are really getting the apps for free. If you are a fan of the open-source movement you will especially like F-Droid because its very specific focus is open source software.
5. Slide ME
This alternative to Google Play has a pretty big user base and offers many free and premium apps from different categories and a plus of Slide ME is that it has a quality control process so that you don’t get too much crap on your phone. Slide ME also supports many different payment options that include PayPal and makes it easy to filet your searches and find app descriptions that give you enough information. Slide ME is also a good choice for developers because you get to choose how much money you want to ask for your app or if you want to give it away for free.
Hopefully these few alternatives to Google Play help you in your search. It is not a good idea to randomly use some app store, because a lot of them could be scams and bring you viruses. Always do lots of research before trying out anything like that. Good luck in finding the right app store for your Android phone.