The forbidden fruit: here are 7 great Android apps that Google does not allow on Play store
But this article does not aim to reason whether this is right or wrong. We’re just stating the facts. Comparatively speaking, the free land of Android is somewhat limited on Google Play. Looking over to Windows Phone for instance you’d see much more liberal rules in that regard as its Marketplace has a lot of those Android-forbidden YouTube downloaders. As a matter of fact, MetroTube, the most popular Windows Phone YouTube client, supports the forbidden download function!
Does this put Android at a disadvantage? Not really. There is one key advantage about Google’s operating system - it is free and open, and Google Play is not the only source of apps. You’ve all heard about the Amazon Appstore for Android, but it is not the only one - more popular Play alternatives include GetJar and Slide Me. And those are just the tip of the iceberg.
But you do need to use them with caution. If you know what you’re looking for that’s where you’d find some great Android apps not available on Google Play. Take a look below.
7 great Android apps that Google does not allow on Play store
6. TV Portal
6. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)
Idfreeyoutubedownloaded is better than tube mate
Also try game guardian ; )
Pokedroid is a pokedex
SAnime for anime/cartoons
19. hipnotika (Posts: 300; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)
Idfreeyoutubedownloaded where did u download it ? i couldnt find it.
8. Planterz (Posts: 897; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Other than free tethering/wifi hotspot, AdAway is the best reason to root your phone. Not only does it block ads within apps/games (assuming the ads aren't built-in to the app), it blocks ads within whatever browser your're using. It's especially handy when viewing those horrible websites with those translucent pop-over (not popup) ads that you can't close because they keep recentering themselves. I prefer Dolphin, but before I rooted my phone, I could only vew certain websites with Firefox (which I love on my computer, but don't like on my phone - weird text size formatting) because it has an ad blocker plug-in. One such website that is EXTREMELY mobile-browser UNfriendly happens to be THIS website, phoneareana.com. Rather ironic.
AdAway makes using the WWW on my phone far less frustrating.
11. Planterz (Posts: 897; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
I should add that I love PA. Great reviews, great articles, bleeding edge news. I don't come here to gripe or troll (excpet for the occasional iOS idocy). And I understand that ad revenue is how the bills and wages get paid. But viewing PA on a mobile device should be hassle-free. If not for simple convenience, but in principle. I shouldn't have to use a specific browser with a plug-in or root my phone and use AdAway, as great as it is, to vew PA without having to deal with ads that make visiting it nearly impossible.
13. Planterz (Posts: 897; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
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15. Victor.H (Posts: 443; Member since: 27 May 2011)
We've hidden one of our commenter's thread as per their own request.
16. Adithya7184 (Posts: 316; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
tubemate-----yeah...i m still using it
17. Planterz (Posts: 897; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Tubemate is great. I've used it a few times, for videos that I want to show people over and over. The screaming goats and the "Eleven" clip from "This is Spinal Tap" are the top two.
22. thesilentnight (Posts: 5; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)
I remember dood's music streamer...ive tried to get that apk for quite some time..does anyone have a link for it, or a suggestion as to where i can get it?
23. Victor.H (Posts: 443; Member since: 27 May 2011)
All the links are in the slideshow! You just have to click on the heading to get to the .APK
24. thesilentnight (Posts: 5; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)
Thanks, i went to the mysticdeath site, but the apk didnt download...@ Victor
25. Victor.H (Posts: 443; Member since: 27 May 2011)
It all works fine here, the problem is on your end.
28. Reverend2100 (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 May 2013)
Can I point out that Ad Blocking Apps don't harm Google anywhere near as much as it harms independent developers. And for full disclosure I should tell you that I'm an independent developer. I have made and launched two very successful games, for free. I have over 200,000 installs, and I should be making half-decent revenue from advertising. Unfortunately, because of ad blockers, my revenue is very small. Like, $20 a day.
In short, it's small individuals, or independent games developers, that you hurt by blocking adverts. And what will happen? We will have to charge for everything, and you won't get free games and apps anymore.
Just an indie app developer side of things, in case anyone's remotely interested.
30. illiad (Posts: 113; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)
first I hope you choose your advertisers carefully - If they insist on putting large flashing screens, or misleading ads saying 'you you have a message', the user will find a way to stop the ads!!
The problem with ad blockers on android.. they do not work like PC versions....
AFAICS, 'adblock for android' does NOT work the same as the 'firefox for PC' addon, that ONLY works with websites in FF..
31. Reverend2100 (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 May 2013)
I only use AdMob ads - they sit in a corner of the screen - they don't interfere with the user experience, or pop up, or sit in the display notification area...
32. catt4u (Posts: 64; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)
I understand your side of the story.
But there are also apps that are not as 'sponsored' in the Play Store and stand or display annoying ads.
I always try to choose the paid version
And I have bought for over $ 225.00 of apps.
So if all devs would offer a paid version of their apps they could make more money then from the free(ad sponsored) versions only I think.
36. Gibscreen (Posts: 7; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)
I feel your pain but there's a flaw in your logic. You assume that people who don't have ad blockers will create significant revenue for you. But people who install ad blockers aren't the ones that would click through on the ads anyway. I've personally NEVER clicked through on an ad. So are you losing some money? Probably. But I'd guess that if ad blockers didn't exist maybe your daily income would increase from your current $20 up to maybe $25 tops.
P.S. if I consistently use an app and it only costs a few bucks I'll usually purchase the ad-free version so that the ads don't eat my data.
29. illiad (Posts: 113; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)
CATCH for non-geeks... a lot of those apps need root... at least f-droid tells you this, clearly!! :)
34. petelin (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
cloud IPTV is my absolute fav. if you have a fat data plan you can watch all recent movies including, er, "unofficial" versions. it's sorta like a BitTorrent client that supports streaming playback and you never have to wait for the whole movie to download. It's a bit tricky to find. I can't post the link but you can google cloud IPTV APK and it should come up first
35. bytekj (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)
whatsapp plus is a replacement for whatsapp available online. I am not able to post the url since i registered just now but if you search for whatsapp+ or whatsapp plus you should be able to find it. the UI of this app is exactly same as whatsapp but is customisable using themes. It also adds some features such as sending bigger videos, non resized images etc. developers are able to do that because I think these restrictions are placed from whatsapp client and not the server.