7 Alternative Appstores for Your Android Tablet or eReader

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Android Appstores

Below you will find a list of seven places to download and install Android apps for your Android tablet, phone, or ereader, including the Kindle Fire, Kobo Vox, rooted Nook Touch, Pandigital tablets, and pretty much any other device that allows the installation of third party apps.

Since a lot of tablets don’t come with access to the official Android Market, users have to either find a hack to add it to their device, which can be complicated and often voids the warranty. The easier option is to use alternatives appstores. That’s where this post comes in…

Seven Alternative Android Appstores

1. Amazon Appstore – The Amazon appstore is my favorite alternative appstore for two reasons: it is easy to install (just type this url into your Android device’s web browser: http://www.amazon.com/app-email/); and Amazon gives away a free paid app every day. I’ve accumulated over 300 free apps, mostly games, but they occasionally giveaway expensive productivity and utility apps too. The only problem with the Amazon appstore is that it is US-only at this time.

2. GetJar – The GetJar appstore is a free appstore with over 350,000 apps. Just download the GetJar app to your device and you can use it to search and install free apps to your heart’s content.

3. 1mobile – I recently came across 1Mobile and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite alternative appstores. They don’t make you sign in or download their app (you can if you want) or anything annoying, you can just download apk files directly using a web browser without any extra nonsense. Plus they have a wide selection of apps, over 60,000. Update: I removed the link to this site because I don’t like how they operate anymore; they changed it so you can’t download apps directly and instead have to install their crummy ad-laden app.

4. SlideMe – The SlideMe appstore is another popular alternative to the Android Market. Their app often comes with budget Android devices not capable of connecting to the Android Market. You can download apk files from them with a web browser or install the SlideMe app on your Android device to search and install directly.

5. Opera Mobile App Store – You may have heard of the Opera web browser. There’s also the Opera Android appstore, with free and paid apps. They have appstores for other platforms as well.

6. Android Freeware – Android Freeware isn’t exactly an appstore, they just list a bunch of free apps and make it easy to download the apk install files using a web browser. It’s a good place to go if you want to quickly find and install an app your looking for, but they aren’t always up-to-date.

7. Soc.io Mall – Previously the AndAppStore, Soc.io is another alternative appstore but it’s unique in that they also offer free ebook downloads, audio books, and music and video are coming soon.

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13 Responses to “7 Alternative Appstores for Your Android Tablet or eReader”

  1. No fDroid?
    I am disappointed.

  2. I am sure your competitor is mad that you didn’t include their new app store. :)

  3. Great post, Nathan! I’m a huge fan of the Amazon Appstore, but did not know about these others. Thanks for the tip.

  4. If you have a Kindle Fire, you cannot download apps at will from the Amazon Appstore. You can only download Fire “approved” apps, which ain’t much in the way of battery conservation, keyboards, browsers, power savers, or anything that improves the device. In fact it is nothing. But there are lots of lousy two-star games available for the Fire at Amazon.

  5. Great post. Thanks!

  6. You can buy a Pandigital Planet on Wal-Mart’s website for $89.00 plus tax = $97.49. Great lil tablet! I rooted mine with no problem! I love it! Does everything but phone out – but there is an ap for that called VOIP! Works good, I tried it on my i-pod!

  7. Can not download onto kindle fire from these alternative app stores for kindle fire hd 7in can someone tell me how if there is a way that i dont know of

    • I solved that problem using Aptoide. I was getting frustrated not being able to download apps from Amazon, or Google Play for that matter. Aptoide is much like these other app stores, but it has some pretty nice features. The only con about it is that it just have free apps, but I read rumors stating they were to be launched soon.

  8. get your kindle rooted(takes 5 painless min)then install google play store.

  9. @Mark, I wish “rooting” was that painless. I’ve been trying to root mine for 2 days and no love…all because I hate being tied down to Amazons “approved” apps…and can’t even get good play. BAH. If it didn’t use my Audible books and other books so well, I’d take it back. It’s fast, quick, and when I got the stupid offers turned off, it was way less annoying..but this last thing is kicking my butt.

  10. I have a paper wyte nook I can not install the therd parra apps without the untheing I got the moclocation no unknownthing help

  11. Actually, it is quite easy to get these on the fire. I enabled ssl and typed in the name of the app i wanted on my pc, added apk to the end of it, and then downloaded the appstore then sideloaded it to my fire.

  12. When I rooted my glow with glownooter amazon app store comes automatically right? or google app store

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