Have you used an alternative to Google Play app store on your Android device?

With more than a million apps, the official Google Play store for apps and games offers more than you are likely to use in your lifetime. Still, there are plenty of handsets our there that haven't shelled out for a full Android license, complete with Gapps and Play Store support (phones sold in China come to mind), or there are apps that aren't in the Play Store for various reasons.

The Amazon Appstore, SlideME, GetJar, the Android makers' own curated app marketplaces, like Samsung Apps or Xiaomi's Mi store - there are plenty of alternatives out there to the official Google Play Store that anointed Android phones come with. 

Countries that would like some control over what's distributed on the phones of their citizens have their own stores, too, like China's Baidu or Russia's Yandex search engines. This is why we wanted to ask you whether you have used an Android app store besides Google Play. Take your pick, and sound off in the comments.

Have you used an app store alternative to Google Play on your Android device?




1. maherk

Posts: 7065; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Galaxy Apps. Every 3 days there is a new premium app that i can download for free, plus the list of the gift apps that is offered once you activate your phone.

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I didn't even know that :( I bet I have missed so many good apps

8. maherk

Posts: 7065; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's ok, you will still get to download plenty more. Make sure to download Shazam off the store, you get the pro version of it.

2. hmd74

Posts: 546; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Bazaar is the best and most popular in Iran...

3. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I literally 2 days ago downloaded Amazon store just because they gave me free credit otherwise Play Store has a lot more options and it is better overall. But it is great to have options

4. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Amazon and Slideme.

6. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Amazon and Galaxy Apps

7. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

lol just download and used the amazon app store an hour ago to get their limited free games. I've also used panda app store in the past. also Samsung app store to get their free premium app give a ways.

9. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Tried Amazon because of the free apps promotion. Not really fond of the app itself, not going to use it on my future devices.

10. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I've used Slide Me and Aptoide.

11. Deadeye37

Posts: 312; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

Amazon App Store since it was released. I have well over 700 paid apps that I got for free in my library. Most of the apps are meh, but I've definitely scored some good apps there.

12. rajorsiRC

Posts: 3; Member since: May 14, 2015

About 85% of the apps which I installed on my android phone were from 3rd party stores or sites.

13. Tanii

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 30, 2015

Only amazon specifically to download free avg pro, nothing else, so voted: NO!

14. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Yes, Amazon Appstore...

15. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Yes. Samsung Galaxy Apps. But I don't need it anymore because I'm on an AOSP ROM.

16. JadeMoon

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 12, 2012

Your a fool if you dont use the amazon app store. They give a way so many free and discounted apps its a must have

17. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I've never actually paid for anything on the amazon app store, but i check it every day for the freebie.

18. SOTechy

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 02, 2015


19. DeDex

Posts: 121; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Yes, I tend to use F-Droid every now and then. I like the way it warns you when an app might be tracking you or threaten your privacy in some other way. Also, most of the software you get on it is FOSS.

20. cblakerob

Posts: 1; Member since: May 30, 2015

I personally like 1mobile market...anyone else?

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