Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/169538/what-alternatives-are-there-to-the-google-play-store/
Curious about alternatives to the Google Play Store (formerly the Android Market) for reading app reviews and downloading content? Read on as we explore some of the alternatives.
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I would have found this article to be so much more useful if it had included one little four-letter word:
What ***SAFE*** Alternatives Are There to the Google Play Store?
With the rise of malware-injecting apps directed at the android platform, and with warnings regarding how one should be careful when downloading apps from third-party providers - it would be very helpful if the safety factor had been included as an element in this article.
Having said that - I have no doubt the author of the article is an experienced expert. However, for those less experienced (such as myself) it leaves one with the idea that it's safe to go to any of the sites mentioned and download any apps with worrying.
I'll still check out the sites because I'm very interested in alternatives to Google Play - but how careful do I need to be ?
I've been using Android for a few years - since FroYo - and haven't yet had a need that couldn't be satisfied with either Google's own Play Store or Amazon's App Store. Sideloading apps from questionable sources is like banging a cheap hooker without a 'batting glove'... makes you susceptible to all manner of infections.
You cannot imagine how much that made me laugh.
But seriously - Thanks for your experienced input and advice -- and for affirming my suspicions.
If "sideloading" was a really safe option for finding cool new apps - then I imagine
we'd be hearing a lot more about it.
hi there..totally agree with your concern ,the gaming industry is in very dark times IMO...
ive created a solution for the popular flash games kids love (pc,mac) called safergames.com and am debating if i should make an app for mobile phones as i think playing games on your mobile phone can seriously harms your eyes , but due to its massive rise in popularity i might create an app to help people choose from a safe list of tested games , in these days its hard to trust anyone of these apps and free gaming sites,,,
Not to shamelessly plug or anything, but we've been working on an awesome Play Store alternative called "Fetch" that brings you the best games and apps in a customized feed of your preferences. We have a dedicated team of editors that filter out all the bad apps and junk top downloads to bring you the best of the best. Combined with our algorithm and trait search (more trait combinations that you can count), it's a sweet way to find out the latest and greatest.
The best part? it all redirects you to the official Google Play Store for your download; no malware. No unidentified apps.
You can get it from the Play Store here if you'd like to try it out. We recently hit a 4.6 rating!
I have needed to add certain *.apk files that were not listed in Google Play because (1) Google chose not to support them (Adobe Flash and software that competes with Google) (2) Alternative versions of software for specialized products like Android TV sticks - example: XBMC for Rockchip CPU devices.
Normally I obtain these from direct links from trusted specialized forum posters rather than a specific site for APK files.