From Android to iOS, we have covered all of 2019’s major app stores in this list
When you hear the word 'App Store', what immediately comes to your mind - Apple App Store or Google Play Store? One of them, isn’t it?
And why not, these are two of the most popular app stores that are globally known as the largest distribution channels when it comes to mobile applications, so much so that they have become synonymous with ‘app store’. But what if we told you that there are many other app store options that you have not yet explored?
Since Android and iOS apps hold a very large chunk of the overall app users, the option of exploring more app stores has become vital for entrepreneurs, web/mobile app development companies and application developers in order to seek new avenues of growth. These third party iOS app stores and third party Android app stores are great platforms to explore newly released mobile applications.
The main aim for curating this list of app stores is to help app owners by providing them with an array of options to choose from, while saving them from high competition in the Apple’s App Store and Google Play stores.
In this list, we will be mentioning a number of alternative Android app stores and alternative app stores for iPhone as well. With the help of below-mentioned app stores, app developers will find it easy to achieve visibility for their mobile apps.
Although not every alternative app store may provide you with a highly profitable revenue share model like the Play Store and App Store, they also have the capability to pay for a specific amount of app downloads. This is a great option for an app developer who is looking forward to increasing the visibility of their iOS or Android applications in the app market.
Alternative app stores can offer a number of benefits to mobile app owners and developers. Some of those widely observed advantages of alternative app stores for iOS and Android are mentioned below:
If we talk about the app stores for iPhones, a particular app store follows the closed app store ecosystem approach rather than an open model, which means that this moderated iOS app store implies having only one particular app store. Apart from the Apple app store, there are many other app stores for iOS such as GetJar, Appland etc..
As per the statistics of 2017, the total number of iOS app in the Apple app store was 2.2 billion. Here is the list of the top iOS app stores for 2019:
The iOS App Store is Apple’s official iOS application store for mobile as well as web apps that is also the only source of the Apple’s team where apps are being reviewed for devices running on iOS platform such as iPhone, iPad etc.. At present, the mobile app review time for the evaluation process ranges from 24 to 48 hours.
GetJar is basically an independent app store for mobile apps store which was founded in the year 2004 by Ilja Laurs. Two of the main investors for this app store for iOS apps were Accel Partners and Tiger Global Management. Initially, GetJar was started by app developers for the app developers as an app beta testing platform. And in just a year, this app store started making free apps available for its app users.
Appland is another app store for iOS mobile applications that aims in providing the world’s best games and mobile apps to their end-users in international locations including Indonesia, Mexico, Oman, USA, Iran, El Salvador, Malaysia, Iraq, Bangladesh, Panama, Myanmar, Cambodia, Egypt, etc.. The whole concept of app distribution and revenue model is hard to understand, that's why this app store helps their consumers regarding the same.
The total number of Android apps available in the Google Play store alone ranges in millions, which means hundreds and thousands of mobile apps are being developed on an annual basis. And to be realistic, not all Android apps can be approved by the official Android app store, especially with their first app submission.
Here, Google follows the approach of an open app marketplace that’s the main the reason why there are many other app stores for Android.
And this is the part where other Android app stores alternatives come into action. So, go through the below-mentioned list of app stores for Android to know where you can submit your Android app in 2019:
Google Play Store was previously known as Android Market, it can be described as a digital application distribution service which was developed by Google itself. It is the official online app store for mobile apps built on the Android OS (Operating System) that enables Android users to browse through the store and install the desired application. At present, Google Play consists of more than 3.6 million applications belonging to various categories including Entertainment, Music, Gaming, Retail, Education and many more.
1Mobile can be considered as a popular alternative app store for Android apps which offers a huge collection of mobile games, applications and even videos. On the website of 1Mobile, users can easily find multiple mobile formats out of which the format feature library of Android is the largest. Here the mobile applications are displayed in a different format, for example, the category 'Games of the Week' includes the list of the top new gaming applications that were featured on Google Play Store as well.
Aptoide is one of those alternative Android app stores that was widely accepted by mobile app users in its early days and so far Aptoide consists of a majority of 4-star and 5-star ratings. Being an independent open source app store for Android, Aptoide allows its users to discover a variety of Android apps and download them as per their preference. This Android app store provides a simple and secure alternative for installing Android applications on your smartphone.
SlideMe is a US-based Android mobile app store that first made its debut in the year 2008 as a marketplace that contains a wide range of mobile applications for different types of audience preferences. As per the statement by the organization, 'one app store alone can't reach everyone and everywhere with the apps they want'. SlideMe is even considered as the second best app store for Android applications right after the Google Play Store.
Another name on the list of the best Android app stores is AppBrain, which was founded in the year 2009 by Mathijs Vogelzang in collaboration with a Zürich-based company called AppTornado. The brand itself has launched more than 30 mobile applications on its own, which is impressive as the total number of app downloads for AppBrain's own applications crosses the threshold of 50 million. To avoid any kind of confusion, we have to mention that these apps are published under the name Swiss Codemonkeys. Apart from this, users also have the option to use various filters to find the specific apps they are looking for.
If we talk about the status of global mobile app economy then it is a well-known fact that China's mobile app market plays a vital role in it. Antony Chang from AppInChina even said that 'Chinese app market’s continuous growth has now led to numerous changes over the past few years and we should expect this wave of change to continue throughout this year as well'.
This started a few years back, when Google Play Market was banned in China.This was when Chinese tech giants like Tencent and Xiaomi decided to come up with their own Chinese app stores.
Below are some of the best Chinese app stores:
MyApp by Tencent is currently one of the biggest online app stores in China as it also holds about a quarter of the entire Chinese Android apps market. A great feature that this app store offers that is different from other app stores is the specialized unique experience for app developers. For instance, in any other Western mobile app store the developers may not ask for certifications but in MyApp the app owners/developers are required to submit a Software Copyright Certificate which will be further reviewed by the Copyright Protection Center of China.
Baidu is China’s primary search engine and the world's second largest search engine right after Google. It may surprise many people but Baidu also has an app store along with various app development tools. The company has recently launched an English version in order to cover a larger portion of international users. A great plus point Baidu app store has over other app stores in China is that the mobile apps available on it are displayed in search engine results.
Apart from being one of the largest app stores in China with 270 million mobile users, 455 million desktop users, 600 APK app files and more than 30 billion app downloads, 360 Market also offers a development program. The aim of this app development program is to provide anti-piracy protection to its developers.
The Oppo Software Store is an alternative app store that was designed and developed by BBK Electronics to offer both mobile hardware as well as software to users. The basic mobile app submission procedure in the Oppo app store signifies the submission process done via Software Copyright Certification.
The website of 91 Market can be referred to as the Chinese app store for iOS as well as Android applications. According to recent statistics released by the company, the overall mobile app downloading count is at 50 million app downloads.
A cross-platform alternative app store is a single ecosystem where app users can find applications for various operating systems such as Android, iOS, Windows, Symbian etc. Apart from this, app stores like Windows and Amazon also cover a significant portion of the market i.e. 400,000 and 340,000 mobile apps, respectively.
Below are some of the best cross-platform app stores that you need to be aware of:
Almost two decades ago Opera Mobile was launched and followed by huge success, the company released the Opera Mobile Store in the year 2011. Being one of the leading cross-platform app stores, Opera Mobile provides more than 170,000 mobile apps and games for thousands of different types of smartphones. Along with this, the site also includes platforms like communication, finance, business, multimedia etc..
NexVa is also a multi-platform application store that provides various white label products as well as services for mobile operators, OEMs and even organizations from different business verticals. Many users favor this third-party app store to work with affiliates in order to drive traffic through CPI and advertising practices. Every mobile application mentioned in this online store provides information like ratings, screenshots, app descriptions, reviews and supported platforms.
The next name on the app stores list for cross-platform applications is Appszoom, which has been in the market for over a decade now. This mobile app store is known to test thousands of apps on a yearly basis to deliver an improved UX (User Experience) while making sure that the apps are protected to different types of malware. Apart from this, Appszoom also provides premium-level profiles to programmers and app developers so that they can spread more awareness about the apps to their targeted audience. As per statement released by site officials, Appszoom receives more than three million unique visits on a monthly basis.
So these were some of the best app stores available in the app market today. Apart from the above mentioned cross-platform app stores, Chinese app stores, Android app stores, and iOS app stores, there are also some app stores that are country-specific in nature. Some country-specific app stores are Airtel Sri Lanka, TIM Store (Italy), Turkcell T-Market (Turkey), MTN Play (South Africa), T-Store (South Korea) etc.
It is evident that today the app marketplace is currently being dominated by the official Android and iOS app stores. Alternative app stores like the above provide users and publishers with more options. These Apple App Store and Google Play Store alternatives can also come in handy when you are looking to download an app that is restricted to your location, or in case you are looking to download a paid app for free, all this taking piracy into consideration
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