You have built an awesome Android app; now, the next step is to make sure it reaches the end user. One obvious move is to upload it to Google Play store and market your app to increase its visibility. However, in addition to this, listing the app on alternative app stores would provide your app with exposure to an even wider audience. The chances of an app being featured on alternative stores are much higher than on Google Play store. Before targeting the stores, you need to determine which best suits your app.

Below is a comparison chart featuring five top Android stores to help you decide the markets to target.

Google PlayAmazonGetJarSlide MeF-Droid
Total Apps1.3+ million apps (as of August 2014)250,908+ (as of July 2014)350,00021,8501,400+ (as of February 2015)
Total Downloads50 billion+ (as of June 2014)Data not available1.05 billionData not availableData not available
Submission Process TimeNo review time (usually gets approved within two hours)Variable time (four days to three weeks)Variable timeVariable time (maximum four to five business days)Variable time
CountriesFree-of-charge applications available worldwide (except countries under United States embargoes). Paid applications are available in 135 countriesAvailable in nearly 200 countriesAvailable in more than 200 countriesGlobal store with ‘no country’ restrictionsGlobal store with ‘no country’ restrictions
Payment Options to Purchase AppsCredit or debit card (all countries). Google Wallet/direct carrier billing/Paypal/gift cards (selected countries)Credit cards, Amazon CoinsCards and Getjar Gold coinsAmazon payments (credit card), Paypal, SlideME Wallet, Web BuyN/A (all apps are free and open source)
Developer Account Cost25$No registration costNo registration costNo registration costNo registration cost
Developer Revenue Percentage 70%70%N/A (only free apps are accepted)80-98% (varies depending on buyer payment method)N/A (only free apps are accepted)
Advantages1. App submission process is less tedious in comparison to competitors

2. Large number of Android phones come with Google Play store installed, making it much easier for the users to access

1. Quality apps – as the review process is stringent, users get quality apps

2. Test Drive feature – allows customers to instantly try apps from their web browser

3. Free app per day – giving users a paid app for free per day keeps them loyal. Paid apps gain more exposure, downloads, and ratings, which in turn helps the app do better

4. Reputation – Google’s greatest competitor and has market longevity

1. Reward system and GetJar Gold currency encourages users to download apps

2. Best used with freemium model

3. GetJar has user comments (likes and dislikes, and Facebook support)

4. GetJar was the first store to have the Angry Birds app

1. SlideME Market comes pre-installed in 140 OEMs

2. All apps have been manually approved after testing

3. Developers can get more than 70% revenue

4. Payment can be processed using Paypal

1. Good for free and open source apps

2. Users don’t have to register on the app store, apps can be installed using F-Droid as the client

Disadvantages1. Difficult to achieve visibility – app could get lost in the huge market place

2. Not available in all countries

1. Slow review process

2. Some features, such as Test Drive, are only available in the US

1. Submission process takes time

2. Only free apps are available

1. Submission process takes time1. The apps don’t have reviews or ratings

2. Paid apps and advertisements are not allowed

Which Android app store is your favourite alternative to Google Play Store? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!

5 replies
    • Preeti Sahu
      Preeti Sahu says:

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  2. Raj Thakkar
    Raj Thakkar says:

    Nice Sharing! Thanks for this helpful information I agree with all points you have given to us. I will follow all of them.


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