One may prefer to break away from the monotony of always using Google Play Store. However, it is not easy to find many app stores that can be trusted besides Google Play. One would need a lot of precautions in order not to fall victim of malware or spyware vendors. Though one can never be 100% sure, it is always recommended that you avoid shady looking app stores and always ensure you read the permissions for installing an app. Let’s take a look at some of these app stores.

1. Slide Me

What makes Slide Me one of the best Play Store alternatives around is its easy to use UI. Though some bad apps have been reported to have been found here, you don’t have to struggle to get the specific app that you are looking for. It also keeps you in the know of the latest apps that are trending at the moment.

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2. Getjar

This app is preferred by many because it gives you quite a number of apps to choose from and explore. This play store has a respectable history with regards to java based apps that were installed in old phones before the advent of newer apps. This makes it quite a trustworthy service. The app store uses its own mode of currency that is different from Google Play. The developers are able to gain more even as they provide you with free apps. The apps provided on this app store are indeed not in the boring category and they ensure that you get value for your money if you get the priced ones.

3. Appszoom

Appszoom is another Google Play alternative that won’t disappoint with its amazing apps. A glance at the homepage alone will help you settle on the app that’s going to keep you entertained for the rest of the day. The outstanding feature about this app store is that it comes with featured reviews on its apps that help you know the main aspects of an app. Its apps come in a well-organized manner that does not give you any headaches looking for a specific app.

4. Amazon Appstore

Amazon has been around for quite a while now and is a reputable company. This one provides a safe alternative for your Android device just like Google Play. It has many apps, some of which are quite good, though not as many as those on Google Play Store. The only thing that a few people have complained of is the way apps are cluttered all over the homepage. However, the apps are categorized neatly and in accessible groups. One thing that’s worth noting about this app store is that it gives one free app everyday among its paid apps.

5. CNET

If you are the extremely careful type, this is definitely the service you need. This store actually tests apps before they can be posted. The tested app is then posted and alongside it, its ratings are provided too. With these measures, its pretty hard to get a fraudulent app. However, the user interface for this store is still the same simple one and not many apps are available here. However, the store assures your security, which has been proven to be even more strict than that of Google Play in some instances.

6. Yandex

This store comes with scanned apps, which is a good thing since most third-party app store alternatives do not bother much with security issues as what is important to them is availability of more apps on their platforms. A dedicated app is also found on Yandex, which lets you get direct downloads to your Android device. The app store has three methods of payments that come with no extra charges and with every single purchase, you get 10% refund which is stored in your bonus account and after reaching a substantial amount, you can use it to buy more apps in the store.

7. Mobango

For those of you who love trying out unique things, this might be the app since it comes with unique apps. Though some might be really behind the current trend, it’s still worth noting that some quality and diverse mobile games are still available here that might suit different tastes out there.

8. Apps

Just as the name sounds, this store is indeed full of the apps. It comes with some of the best apps for Android and with the massive number of downloads from this store, its crystal clear that it’s quite a popular app store.

9. AppsLib

This app store was once a favorite to many and was actually on top of the game. However, it still boasts of quite a number of apps, most of them being the common ones such as Angry Birds and Dropbox. There is more to get from this app store while using the dedicated app.

10. Appbrain

Just as its name suggests, this app store uses its technical brain to tell you which parts it will be accessing on your Android device while you install it. Nobody wants some creepy app poking all over their phone without their knowledge. This app store also gives you essential information that you need without much hassle.

There are definitely more app store alternatives to Google Play that are safe too. Be sure to always stay equipped with information in handy to avoid falling prey to malware villains.

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