At AppsGeyser, we make Android apps online every day, and we always recommend putting them in Google Play, because Google Play is the number one Android app store.
Here’s the thing, though. You know how Coke is number one, and Pepsi is number two? A lot of people still buy Pepsi. When you get your Android apps out to Google Play, you’re only getting the number one slot. Don’t forget about number two! More importantly, you don’t want to forget about marketing to countries like China and Korea which don’t use Google Play to purchase their Android apps.
So first, the number two market in the United States is the Amazon App Store. It’s great in that it’s very popular and apps can be promoted as the free app each day, but it’s expensive to get in ($99).
Some of the other Android app stores that we recommend:
- AndroidPit allows you to sell your Android app online, using a revenue-sharing model. It’s free to list your app.
- GetJar is for free apps only, and it lists apps from several different platforms. It’s free to list your app, so if you’re not looking to sell your app, this is a great option.
- MobiHand is almost a cross between the previous two. Once you go to the trouble to make Android apps, you can list your app in MobiHand, and they’ll promote your apps across their network. It’s a place to sell apps, not give them away, and you get 70% of the revenues from your apps. Be sure to read the fine print, though. There are different rules depending upon how they promote your app and how the app is purchased.
- Handster is owned by Opera, and is a great option for Android app distribution.
- Mobango is a free app store that helps Android app developers advertise apps. Again, you won’t be selling your app here, but if your revenue model needs high distribution, Mobango’s not a bad place to get listed.
- Appcity.com is a French app store, which may help you get better distribution in the French-speaking market. (Be sure to translate your app into French, too!)
For Distribution to China:
- Gfan is one of China’s larger Android app shops.
- MaoPao is also a great app shop in China. They sell Android, iPhone, and Symbian (Nokia) apps.
- Wandoujia bills itself as the iTunes for Android, so it’s a good option as well.
- Nduoa is operated by one of the first Android developers in China.
- AppChina is from an Innovation Works-incubated company and comes pre-loaded on most of the Dianxin devices.
- HiAPK is an online Android app store backed by NetDragon, an online gaming company.
- GoAPK is also affiliated with an online game development company
For Korea, there’s really only one major Android app store, so you’ll need to make sure your app is listed in Ubi-Nuri or one of its affiliate app stores.
So remember, when you make Android apps online, your distribution options go way beyond just Google Play and the Amazon App Store.