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The forbidden fruit: here are 7 great Android apps that Google does not allow on Play store

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The forbidden fruit: here are 7 great Android apps that Google does not allow on Play store
Google might have a mind-boggling 700 000 applications in its Android Play store, but you just won’t find certain apps there. Google has some tight regulations for Android apps and it simply removes applications if they breach its terms. For instance, you won’t find applications that can download videos or music from YouTube. From recently, you also won’t find ad blockers for Android. Those are just two types of apps forbidden on Google Play.

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.

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posted on 14 May 2013, 03:01

3. nanu_mihai (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


You forgot iGo Primo Gps great App

posted on 14 May 2013, 03:23

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

posted on 14 May 2013, 06:57

19. hipnotika (Posts: 177; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


Idfreeyoutubedownloaded where did u download it ? i couldnt find it.

posted on 14 May 2013, 10:49

21. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


On slide me market

posted on 14 May 2013, 03:24 4

8. Planterz (Posts: 243; 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.

posted on 14 May 2013, 03:41 6

11. Planterz (Posts: 243; 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.

posted on 14 May 2013, 04:13

13. Planterz (Posts: 243; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Comments go from 3 to 6 to 8 to 11. Something appears to have been deleted...

posted on 14 May 2013, 04:35 2

15. Victor.H (Posts: 381; Member since: 27 May 2011)


We've hidden one of our commenter's thread as per their own request.

posted on 14 May 2013, 04:23

14. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5483; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


don't forget Apollo. o:

posted on 14 May 2013, 04:41 2

16. Adithya7184 (Posts: 267; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


tubemate-----yeah...i m still using it

posted on 14 May 2013, 04:51 2

17. Planterz (Posts: 243; 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.

posted on 14 May 2013, 04:57 2

18. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


Tubemate is really great one..!

posted on 14 May 2013, 10:16

20. davenycept (Posts: 151; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


Tubegod is my favorite

posted on 14 May 2013, 11:31

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?

posted on 15 May 2013, 01:01

23. Victor.H (Posts: 381; 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

posted on 15 May 2013, 06:18

24. thesilentnight (Posts: 5; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)


Thanks, i went to the mysticdeath site, but the apk didnt download...@ Victor

posted on 17 May 2013, 07:41

25. Victor.H (Posts: 381; Member since: 27 May 2011)


It all works fine here, the problem is on your end.

posted on 21 May 2013, 05:03

26. SupremeLeader (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 May 2013)


Tubemate all the way!

posted on 21 May 2013, 15:22

27. R.dalangin (Posts: 3; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)


Tubemate FTW! :))

posted on 22 May 2013, 07:45 1

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.

posted on 27 May 2013, 04:50

30. illiad (Posts: 101; 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..

posted on 28 May 2013, 10:08 1

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...

posted on 31 May 2013, 14:41

32. catt4u (Posts: 56; 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.

http://www.appbrain.com/user/catt4u/samsung-galaxy-note-ii-gt-n7100

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.

posted on 27 May 2013, 04:26 1

29. illiad (Posts: 101; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


CATCH for non-geeks... a lot of those apps need root... at least f-droid tells you this, clearly!! :)

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 04:07

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

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