A Complete List of App Stores across All Mobile Platforms
In today's overpopulated mobile arena, the name of the game is distribution. Whether you are selling your app or offering it for free with integrated ads, your goal is maximum downloads. Of course, that is a task that is easier said than done. With so much competition out there in the various app stores, getting noticed is not an easy feat. As a developer, your best bet is to distribute your app via as many channels as possible. If you choose this strategy, you are in luck, since you have so many available app stores, each one providing a channel of distribution for your app.
This is all very nice, but as a developer, how do you even find all these app stores? Is there a central database available that is updated with the announcement of every new app store, which is pretty much a dailyÂ occurrence? You would think so, wouldn't you? Distimo, a leading information provider in the mobile space has an excellent resource, which you can view here.
At inneractive, as part of our mission to help mobile developers maximize their revenue, we decided to become that database. You will find a central list of app stores for all mobile platforms below. In addition, this post will be updated whenever a new app store is born, so make sure to bookmark this page. To start making money from your mobile app now, sign up with inneractive.
The list is long and always getting longer, so if you are looking for the short version, we recommend the following strategy:
- First thing's first, each platform has its own dedicated app store and that is where you want to be first.
- Once you are up and running on the App Store or Market, you should consider offering your apps on the larger app stores such as Getjar and Mobango.
- Once the downloads start pouring in from these channels, no reason not to offer your app in the smaller app stores as well... To viewÂ a full list of all app stores including even the smallest of them, clickÂ here for the WIPConnector list.
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- Getjar: Getjar is a cross platform mobile app store that is available worldwide. According to downloads, it is the largest 3rd party app store with over 900,000 downloads and 18,000 apps to date. GetJar was the first app store to release Angry Birds for Android, which took off in popularity, and even crashed the Getjar servers for a few hours.
- Dell Mobile Application Store: Dell now has over 40,000 apps in its app store and supports multiple platforms. One differentiating factor with Dell's store is that developers get a 60% rev share, as opposed to most other channels that work with 70% for the developer.
- Handmark: Handmark is an app store available worldwide and also features apps from various platforms including desktop and mobile web apps. In addition, Handmark has a downloadable app for Windows Mobile devices. According to recent stats, Handmark has over 4,000 apps hosted on its platform.
- Handster: This app store launched in 2005 for Windows Mobile, but has since expanded to Symbian, BlackBerry, Android and Java.Handster has over 27,000 mobile apps in its directory.
- Mobango: Mobango competes with Getjar for the largets independent app store. Mobango is unique in that all apps are free. At 45,000 apps, Mobango apps have been downloaded over 700,000,000 times. As of now, Mobango supports app for Android, Java, Symbian, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Flash Lite and Palm.
- PocketGear: Â PocketGear recentlyÂ acquired Handango and now hosts over 140,000 apps and works with over 30,000 developers. Pocketgear supports apps from Symbian, Palm, Windows, BlackBerry, Android and Java.
- Opera Mobile Store: With support for Android, BlackBerry, Java, Symbian, and Windows, the Opera app store is available in 240 countries worldwide.
- Appitalism: Well over 100,00 available apps and support for all major platforms, and a discovery and discussion channel for new apps. Appitalism launched in September 2010.
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- Apple App Store: Apple launched their app store along with the iPhone 3G in June 2008. It was originally available in 62 countries, and is now accessible in 90. The App Store now stands on over 300,000 apps for iPhone alone and another 70,000 iPad apps. It is important to note that you will not find any other official app stores for iOS since Apple does not allow other channels of distribution. There is of course, the unofficial app store for the jailbreaking community, Cydia, but that is another topic for another time.
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- Android Market: The Android Market is Google's official storefront for Android apps. However, unlike iOS, Android is open and that openness comes to fruition in possible distribution channels as well. The Android Market currently has 135,000 apps, and launched in October 2008. The Android Market is well known for its relatively lenient approval process as compared to Apple's App Store.
- Amazon Appstore: As you have probably heard, Amazon decided to throw its hat into the mobile ring with its own Android app store. The Amazon store now offers over 4,000 Android apps, but has some serious advantages over the Android Market. These include help with discovery by recommending apps to users, special promotions to keep users coming back, and many more unique features. The Amazon Appstore made headlines when it launched the Angry Birds Rio game exclusively.
- Archos Appslib: Archos offers its own Android app store for high end Android devices with larger displays. This app store has over 21,000 apps and Archos aims to make it the premier app store for Android.
- SlideME: Launched in April 2008, SlideMe is an alternative to the Android Market and now hosts over 3,000 Android apps.
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- BlackBerry App World: Launched in April 2009, the App World has over 22,000 BlackBerry apps, and a reach of over 20,000,000 users. The App World unlike its competitors is not available worldwide, but RIM is always adding more supported countries.
- CrackBerry Store: CrackBerry is a leading online publication for the BlackBerry community and the site also has its own app store as well as native app for BlackBerry devices. The current amount of app in the CrackBerry Store is undisclosed.
- Palm App Catalog: Launched in June 2009, the App Catalog now offers more than 6,000 apps for the WebOS platform. However, it is only available in 8 counties worldwide.
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- Samsung Apps Store: Originally for Symbian and Windows apps, the Samsung store now has apps for HDTVs as well as the new Bada OS. There are over 3,000 apps in the Samsung Apps Store.
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- Nokia OVI Store: Launched in May 2009, the Ovi Store now has over 54,000 apps and support in over 230 countries worldwide.
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- Windows MarketPlace for Mobile: Launched in October 2009, the Marketplace now over 2,300 apps for the Windows platform. Microsoft is now investing its resources to build up its developer community for the new Windows Phone 7 operating system. The Windows Phone 7 apps now stand atÂ 11,500 apps.
There you Â have it. Of course, Â in addition to the app stores mentioned above, there are many stores provided by operators such as Verizon and T-Mobile. There are also websites that offer an online directory of apps for certain platforms such as BlackBerry. One such example is Mobihand. New app stores are introduced daily and some of them are actually very exciting. One example of a new app store with a twist is Openspace, which gives users the ability to purchase an app and use it across all available platforms.
As mentioned above, we are going to be updating this page as new app stores become available. Also, if we left any major app stores out, please let us know!Â What other information would you like to see here?