The 4 Best Google Play Alternatives for Downloading Android Apps

MakeUseOf | 1/11/2019 | Bertel King, Jr.
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Many people think that Google Play is the only option Android users have for downloading apps. But there are actually quite a few quality alternatives.

Additionally, if you’ve bought a device that isn’t authorized to run the Play Store, getting access can be very difficult (if not impossible). You’ll have no choice but to use an alternative.

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Frankly, there are many reasons to use an alternative app store on Android. The options below can help you find plenty of great apps even without Google Play.

The first and most obvious alternative is the Amazon Appstore. This is probably the biggest contender to the Play Store, as it’s the default app store that ships on all Amazon Fire tablets.

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We’ve compared the Play Store to the Amazon Appstore in the past, but Amazon’s option has updated and grown a bit since then.

Google Play vs. Amazon Appstore: Which Is Better?

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Google Play vs. Amazon Appstore: Which Is Better?

The Google Play Store isn't your only option when it comes to downloading apps -- should you give the Amazon Appstore a try?

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The newer Amazon app fits in with today’s flat app interfaces. The navigation menu that used to slide out from the left is gone. Now you can navigate categories by tapping icons at the bottom of the screen, as you would in an iOS app. These sections help you discover new apps and view your current library.

They also keep track of your Amazon Coins, a form of digital currency akin to gift cards. The app also holds a light social component called Pulse. On the homepage, you can scroll down to see featured apps and what’s currently popular. There’s also a section for free software and apps on sale.

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Amazon’s store may not match the Play Store in size, but it manages to feel like a viable alternative....
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