Let's face the facts. We all live under the safe and warm umbrella of the Play Store. There is good reason for that. It has the most apps, intensely good security (comparatively speaking), comes pre-installed on most Android devices, and usually works well. Most people know that there are other options, but there is not much information on other app stores. This is something we can help. There are a ton of other options out there. There are only a few good options, though. Here are the best real app stores available on Android devices! This is also a good list for those who may have Android devices that do not have Google Play Services installed.
The Amazon Appstore is probably the most competent app store in addition to the Play Store itself. It's the stock app store on all Amazon Fire devices. The store has a variety of applications including popular big names like Microsoft, Netflix, Firefox, Hulu and others. It also has all the various Amazon applications and used to be the only home of Amazon Prime Video. This is a real app that you can install on any Android device without a ton of problems. It also runs concurrently with other app stores if you want to use more than one. It could definitely use some optimizations, but otherwise it is more positive than negative. We wish we had a better selection, though.
Okay, APKMirror is not technically an application store, but rather an application repository. You can find all sorts of things here, including some beta apps not available in the Play Store. However, you can still receive updates from the Play Store if a newer version is released, so it's a great secondary source for apps and some games. This is definitely not a full store experience and we really only recommend it if you want to try something specifically or find an older APK from an existing app so you can revert to an earlier version because of errors or preferences. The site is free, all APKs are free and decent security as well. We are greatly expanding the meaning of an app store to include APKMirror, but it is great at what it does. There is no application for this, you have to use the website to download APKs.
The F-Droid is one of the oldest and most trusted app stores on the list. The store experience is mainly for productivity and advanced user. We're talking about apps like the browser type of the Arch Linux package. There are some basic applications, such as Simple Gallery or Simple Calendar, plus a small selection of games. However, in general, this is an app store for people who need something a little more that the Play Store does not have. The F-Droid is open source and all platform applications are open source. You can even find alternatives to F-Droid on F-Droid. This is a small app store.
The Google Play Store is probably your best bet for most things. There are millions and millions of apps and games, including almost all popular ones. Developers like to lean in this store more than most others and come pre-installed on all Google Android phones anyway. Basically, all Android phones that are not in China or Amazon use this. Security is top notch and integrates seamlessly with Google Play Services, giving apps some additional features they may not have with some competitors. Of course, you'll probably find alternatives to the Play Store, but do not underestimate its value. It's a perfectly good app store.
It's a shame that Galaxy Apps is only available on Samsung devices because it's really quite competent. The selection is obviously smaller than the Play Store and probably a bit smaller than the Amazon Appstore. However, it has a clean user interface, simple navigation and actually has some pretty popular applications and games including Microsoft, Netflix, Hulu, Fortnite, Brawl Stars and others. It's not a "all that's all" thing, but those with Samsung devices already have a decent secondary apps store along with Google Play directly on their devices.
There are many other application stores on the Internet. Some of them are very good and some of them are just useful. Many of them are listed for completion purposes. Here we go:
- ACMarket – ACMarket is a surprisingly beautiful application store. It's reminiscent of Google Play in many ways and includes some popular apps and games. It also supports modified APKs and other such things. Tread carefully because some of these things may be suspicious.
- Aptoide – Aptoide has been around for some time and is one of Google Play's oldest competitors. Its initial charm was to support the kinds of apps that Google Play does not use, such as NSFW content. However, it does have some popular things like New Launcher, PUBG Mobile and others as well.
- Getjar – Getjar is a kind of Western app stores for Android. You can find all kinds of ridiculous things here, including adult content, modified APKs and some popular things like the UC browser. Tread lightly, this place always gives us a fright.
- Opera's App Store – We will be honest, we did not know that Opera had a mobile store until we started searching for it. It has a lot of options. However, all of these options are standardized for the Google Play Store. This is a good secondary way to navigate Google Play apps, but we do not necessarily call your own apps ripped.
- Slide Me – SlideMe is another old app store similar to Aptoide and Getjar. The site does not inspire confidence, but the store itself works well. You can find things like OfficeSuite or WPS Office together with other similar productivity applications. Your selection of games is very weak, however.
- XDA-Developers – There are many developers who use XDA-Developers as a kind of test for applications that end up on Google Play most of the time. You can get root-only applications like Xposed or Viper4Android here. Some of our best 2018 applications started life here as well.
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