If you are an app developer, you should not think Google Play and App Store are the only channels for you to upload your apps. Actually, there are more third-party mobile app stores and directories that can assist your app noticed. Also, uploading an app to different app stores can generate more potential users and increasing revenues. Indeed, these mobile app stores have a lower competition, which can help your app stand out easier.
In this post, we will share you a list of mainstream mobile app stores. The app stores mainly include 7 parts: Android App Stores, iOS App Stores, Cross-platform App Stores, BlackBerry App Stores, Manufacturer-specific App Stores, Chinese App Stores, Operator and Country-Specific Stores. While, there are many branches of each app store, so we will talk about the main parts at below:
Android platforms provide app developers a good channel to promote apps. Also, there are 1.6 million apps that Android users can choose, which lead to most app developers have given up Apple App Store who give users 1.5 million apps to choose. Read following details to learn about more Android app stores:
Google Play - the official Android app store, which has helped 500000 apps get featured.
Codengo - Codengo can submit your app to over 30 app stores just filling a single form
AppBrain - a special app market website which can help users find Android apps through app stores, like Google Play.
Appslib - be regarded as the second largest Android app store after Google Play. It specializes in tablets and eReaders and has an over 2 million tablets install base.
SlideMe - an app store aims at "on device" service, and they also provide app store solutions of niche markets.
1Mobile - Android app store focus on games and has over 80000+ apps in the last three years.
Amazon Appstore - has over 30000 apps and has become more popular in the past years.
AndroidPit - Android app store and a great platform for app reviews and information, run by the Berlin-based editorial team.
Soci.io - Android marketplace that offers apps, ebooks, videos and music.
With the strict rules of Apple, the list of iOS app stores is fewer. While, it doesn't mean they are lack of coverage. The 100 billion apps have been installed proves that it also plays an important role out here.
App Store - the official iOS app store and the biggest app store platform. Although the submission requirements are very strict, the core status is unshakable.
Cydia - an iOS app store that only supports the 'jailbroken' iOS devices. Both free and paid apps for developers, and they have a huge user base weekly.
SexAppShop - a platform focus on adult apps for iPhone and iPad.
PremierAppShop - an iOS app store that delivers downloadable apps, using the same platform as SexAppShop.
In the mobile world, some app stores focus on the game market. There are many cross-platform app stores where you can find more content than other stores. You can not only find the game apps, but also music, wallpapers and other products.
OpenAppMkt - an app market store support both Android and iOS. App developers can get 80% of app sale revenue from here.
WAC - a professional platform for the Wireless App Community. Mainly use HTML5 to distribute cross-platform web-apps.
GetJar - as one of the biggest third-party app stores, they have helped over 350 thousand apps get visibility. They also provide CPI service to promote a mobile app.
Handster - Opera created this platform focusing on getting the app featured, white label platform. They have helped more than 4000 apps get featured on app stores.
Mobango - a mobile content-sharing store, which allows developers to upload apps and videos as well as photos.
Handango - an independent app store offering apps on Android, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry and Symbian platforms.
PhoLoad - a website where you can upload free apps, supporting both Android and Symbian platforms.
Zeewee - a cross-platform app store focus on HTML5 web-apps. Provides in-app purchasing, direct to bill and push notifications.
Biskero - a mobile content app store for Android and Nokia handsets, majoring in flash games and apps.
Appitalism - claims that have featured over 1 million apps. An indie app store pays attention to social features to get visibility.
Appia - a cross-platform app store which can help to upload apps to other different app stores, and they also create app stores for users.
AppCentral - a useful platform where you can launch and maintain your own app store.
AppShup - an India app store focus on SMS-delivered Java apps.
AppCity - a cross-platform app store based in French, claims that they have over 340000 users.
BlackBerry, the fifth biggest app store, has 130000 apps out there. While, recently, this platform has faced a problem - losing users. If you want to upload your app to this platform, you should learn more details of following two app store:
BlackBerry World - the official app store of BlackBerry platform.
CrackBerry Store - this app store focus on cracking and running independent devices on BlackBerry phones.
Google Play and App Store play an essential part in mobile app stores, but the other app stores also have a huge impact on app promotion. They can give you more choices of app marketing so that get numerous installs from different channels. This post just introduces the main part of mobile app stores, if you find there is something missed out, please let me know at comment section!