Spotlight: SlideME is a junk-free alternative to the Google Play app store

Spotlight: SlideME is a junk-free alternative to the Google Play app store
As an Android user, have you ever felt that Google Play has just too many freaking apps, and the overwhelming majority of them aren't very good at all? Having many apps is good, but wading through ten apps that do the same thing, just to find out that only one is actually worth your time while three are outdated, three are awfully bloated, and the rest is ad-riddled like a cheap newspaper? That, frankly, sucks. SlideME, which is a well kept, well looked after third-party app store, wants to remedy these woes.

Those running the store manually inspect and review app submissions, judging apps like regular users would - based on meaning and value. Hence, the place is kept clean of junk apps, scams, and other types of apps you absolutely shouldn't touch without surgical gloves on. The quality over quantity approach works quite well, and there's another concept at play here, which could appeal to many users over the globe - SlideME apps are curated to function on AOSP-based devices, hence they are not solely dependent on Google Play Services.

As for the app store itself, it has a nice enough interface, apps are listed by category, and the payment system supports the Paypal, Amazon, and SlideME Wallet platforms. In short, we have a respectable alternative to Google Play that could easily provide a more focused, less cluttered app downloading experience.

As it's the way with third-party app stores on Android, you'll have to sideaload SlideME yourself by downloading the .apk file on your device and installing it. You can do so from the links below.

Developer: SlideMEDownload: Android
Category: MarketplacePrice: Free (with in-app purchases)

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25 Comments

1. Saioofi

Posts: 336; Member since: May 23, 2014

iOS has that too, it's called the App Store

2. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

How many fart apps in App Store?

4. Saioofi

Posts: 336; Member since: May 23, 2014

5. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Are we suppose to tell you that from the article you provided? Bc it talks notjig about fart apps

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Unfortunately there are around 1,500 apps in the App store that are a massive security risk to Apple users, and not just apps from unknown developers, some from high profile companies. http://www.phonearena.com/news/HTTPS-vulnerability-discovered-in-1500-iOS-apps_id68495 I would rather filter through some junk apps to get something that's both useful AND safe.

10. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

At least on android i can see the permissions of my apps lol so if i dont like what i see i dont get it.

19. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

flashlight application that ask permission to access message inbox, connect to internet, access your location, make a call, etc.. seems legit o.O

3. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

i have to agree with this. the playstore is a mess. bloody hell, i'm always stumbling on "bikini wallpapers" "sexy stories" and stupid junk apps like that. i almost switched to iOS a while ago because of how clean the app store was on a temporary 5s i was using.

7. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 886; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Well, I have been using Android for more than 3 years; 5 android devices. Never even once I came across such bikini or sexy junk apps. May be you are looking for them all the time... You are an Apple Fan..

12. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Lol would you like screenshots from my s6 edge right now? I'm no fanboy, I just call it like it is. I run into these apps every day. I'd actually love PA to make an article showing the apps I'm talking about.

15. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Yes, I want the screenshots from your S6 Edge. :) But really, what are you looking for to see those apps? I never seen things like that, unless I search for a wallpaper app, which is when it is understandable to find those kinda apps

16. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

ok then, please hold. i'll upload them to imgur or something since i can't reply with photos.

17. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

ok then, please hold. i'll upload them to imgur or something since i can't reply with photos.

18. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

ok so they're up now. these apps show as popular in your area, trending apps and so on. they shouldn't even be there when searching for them, want me to show you screenshots from the 5s in my drawer too? i'd be happy to. 1- ring for sex (haha)http://i.imgur.com/efzBh2g.png 2- big sexy butt workout home (lol)http://i.imgur.com/6TzZlmc.png 3- sexy dance - belly dance ( :( )http://i.imgur.com/nhnEqrV.png i'm sorry but if you want improvement, you shouldn't be in denial. i want junk apps off the playstore, we spend money there like we do at cafes and restaurants and i'm pretty sure you wouldn't want to see stuff like that there. now buzz off.

21. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Yeah they are not screenshots from an Edge :P And I know those apps exist, but they are clearly not trending as I am looking at trending right now and nope... :/ Maybe you're living in some extremely weird area.

22. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Lol please believe me stranger on the internet. Let's say these were taken on my galaxy core (it's from a parallel universe where it has a 2k screen) what difference does it make?these s**t apps are there, I love it how people like you are the first to call people 'isheep'. Now piss off.

23. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Noooope, you were trying to raise a point, saying that you owned an S6 Edge, but there you are, not owning an S6 Edge, looking for these specific apps to say "Hey, look at these apps I found that are just spring on to me" when both their ratings and download counts wouldn't get them onto the the forms you stated you found them. Well done :) It's fun Plus, when did I say "iSheep" to anyone? I was just saying that you were lying about your whole post. :)

24. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

i swear on my left ball that "ring for sex" was in trending and i've seen way worse apps in recommendations. dude i really don't know if you're being stupid purposefully or what. i'd love to know how this is not an s6 edge. have i bought some kind of knockoff that you know about and i don't? i want to build a case here to sue Telstra, i'll even split the money halfies with you(i'll cover lawyer expenses). if you're mad, just say it. i'm really baffled with your ignorance man. anyways, i'll enjoy my knockoff phone, and you enjoy yours.

25. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Your secret's safe ;)

8. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Nice interface: Check. AOSP Focus: Check. No Junk apps: Check. Anti-Malware safeguards: Not Mentioned.

9. EbonyPericarp

Posts: 67; Member since: May 02, 2015

Just installed this on my BlackBerry Passport, bringing the total number of app stores I've got to seven. It works fine on the big square screen as well.

11. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Meh. I'm still waiting for a store that lets me narrow the selection to ad-free apps (and not "pro" upgrades that leave data slurping ad networks in place). I also want to be able to filter on permissions.

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well those are damn brilliant ideas. Where do I sign up?

20. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Nice ideas, m8 !

13. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Also the apps blocked by Google because of terms and policies are available in slide me

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