iOS Installous shuts down, but other third-party app catalogs appear requiring no jailbreak

iOS Installous shuts down, but other third-party app catalogs appear requiring no jailbreak
Software piracy is definitely not a good thing, but having a restricted marketplace can also be an annoying prospect for those spending hundreds of dollars on devices and expecting to be able to install what they want on them.

Now, Installous, probably most popular app allowing you to install apps from third-party sources and sometimes just pirated apps has shut down blaming “stagnant” forums that are hard to moderate.

And while Apple might consider this a victory, Installous is not the only app of this sort. And while it required jailbreak, other similar options are now appearing that do not require any kind of hacking of your device. Apps like Zeusmos and Kuaiyong allow one-tap installing of third-party apps and even sideloading pirated apps.

Times are changing, but it seems that there will always be ways to circumvent the limitations of app stores, and as long as this does not involve piracy, it should be all fine.

source: Gizmodo



1. wendygarett unregistered

Don't know whether it's good for customers or not... But to me, I never jailbreak nor download the third party apps... All original and paid apps :)

3. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

people love JB. (not justin B.) jailbreak

4. wendygarett unregistered

But not me, don't get me wrong, you have to know that every iDevice is not cheap, and I don't wanna brick it just like that :(

8. m.garz

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 08, 2010

if u know what you're doing then you won't have to worry about bricking your device

16. shirtlessrabbit4

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

He is right. Actually no matter what you do to any I device, you can still set in dfu mode, and manually install the right ipsw file so in essence its impossible to brick anyways.

23. luffybill

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

because iDevice is not cheap so i want all the tweaks like bitesms, sbsettings, mini banner etc because for me, default iOS is worse than android, bbOS, and windows phone. i've been using iphone 3g and iphone 4 and still work fine (always jailbreak whenever is possible)

7. OHaZZaR

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

I thought it stood for Jelly Bean, which I love.

20. johnnh

Posts: 37; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

people love jelly bean, smooth and no need to hack even no need to root for most stuff.

27. eyad_996

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 10, 2012

or Jelly Bean!

22. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

It's funny how you get so many thumbs down for just expressing your opinion haha

24. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

It wasn't an opinion, merely a stupid comment. But that's just my opinion.

2. maxis3G unregistered


26. eyad_996

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 10, 2012

Oh, you poor iPeople! We 'Android-ers' won't -and never will- care about third-party app stores shutting down, we search Google for the app's apk and that's it!

5. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

How can stagnant forums be difficult to moderate? A stagnant forum would be the easiest type of forum to moderate.

12. k4j98

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

Stagnant in that there is no new information coming in. When all topics get diluted by people fighting or high jacking.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

How do you install the apps that allow third party installations without jail breaking? Surely Apple doesn't allow them in the app store.

9. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

now, more ios user, more ios fv¢k up. they soon facing hordes of installous and pishing apps and malware and soon. the more the tree grow, the more the winds blow. too strong, the tree will break eventually, to soft, the tree will bent in badly shape... bent... gosh...

10. alaahershy

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

bye bye Installous, we wil never forget you

11. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Kuaiyong is completely free......we get all the apps, but, will the apps come with malware?

13. ilia1986 unregistered

Damn. Am sure as hell glad that I got myself a Galaxy S3: D Blackmart ftw!! :D

14. jibraihimi

Posts: 806; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

RIP Installous.......... Jailbreak community will miss you......... :( I know piracy is wrong, and not good for any ecosystem, but I mostly used installous for testing the apps. before purchasing it from app store, because majority of paid apps on app store don't come with trial........

15. lilg29

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

Installous started dying out anyway, luckily I use my phablet but installous you will be missed.

17. marques1034

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

I've bought many apps from apple store ! It's a pity we cannot have a chance to decide wether we buy it or not! Coz many of them were money Thrown in a trash. I got friends who would never buy illegal apps! But what is it illegal !? This is stupid ! I want to break free ! Decide whatever I buy or don't ! It was much more funnier ! I would decide if it was worth buying it!

18. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Now, no one wants to admit they are a pirate, argh!!!!!!!

19. legend1

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

i was actually suprised a cuople of days ago when i launched installous and it gave an error i was like wtf!!!????

21. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Good sign that all the modders and hackers are leaving Apple's platform. My Verizon Note 2 (with locked bootloader) was cracked wide open in less than 2 weeks. And I don't have one stolen app on my phone. It's all about making the phone better in the eyes of people that care.

25. ananya22

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 23, 2012


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