Top Picks for App Stores in 2020

Do you like apps and games? I’m pretty sure you do. With the ever growing rate of internet users – which now includes kids too of the Generation Z, all of us have our hands on high end smartphones. When you have such powerful smartphones, you have a lot of applications and games. While some of us like to stick with a few apps,  others like to keep looking and trying new apps as they come and go. Well if you are the latter, this is going to be a very helpful read for you. In this piece, we talk about different App Stores for the two most used Mobile Operating Systems in the world – iOS and Android. These app stores will come in handy for those who are always on a spree to check new apps and games on their mobile devices.

The Google Play Store and the Apple Play Store might be globally recognized but there aren’t the only stores which have the best apps at their disposal. For new app developers, they have to face stiff competition from 2m+ android apps and 1.7m+ iOS apps.

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Also, many apps are not available on these stores due to various reasons. Some of the very cool, handy apps are usually found lying on the internet somewhere. Users might find it difficult to explore such a wide range of apps and games.

To avoid such scenarios, we have prepared a list of top app stores which are the alternatives of these 2 giant app stores.

Why go for these alternative stores?

It would be a joke if we said that every alternative app store would be offering similar revenue like App store or the Play Store but these alternative stores pay for downloads and even offer better deal for apps than the two giants. These stores have an additional app library which you won’t find on Google Play or Apple’s App Store.

Here are some of the best alternatives of the iOS App Store:

1. GetJar

This store was founded in the year 2004 and is an independent app store which was created as an app beta testing program for the developers. It was created by app developers only with a motive to provide a platform to fellow app developers. This store has more than 0.8m apps available for download.

2. TutuApp

This one app store is also an app, yes you read it right. This amazing alternative to the iOS app store has more than 300m+ users with multiple languages. The TutuApp app store includes the cooperated SDK, easy application submission process along with various payment methods.

3. Appland

The Appland app store is the best choice app store if your target audience hails from Mexico, USA, El Salvador, Cambodia, Egypt, Panama, Myanmar, Iraq, Iran, Oman, Indonesia and even Malaysia.

Although this app store is extremely convenient and responsive to the users but it does lag with clarity in terms of distribution and the revenue related scenario.

4. AppValley

AppValley is another amazing app store alternative which deserves a place in our list. This app store is responsible for providing its users with one of the largest collection of unpaid content along with some modified and unofficial content for apple devices like iPhone or iPad.

Best Google Play Store alternatives

1. Amazon App Store

Arguably one of the most famous and best alternatives of the Google Play Store is the Amazon App Store. The e-commerce giant Amazon has introduced its own version of play store to compete with the Google Play Store.

This store was launched in March 2011 and it offers a plethora of free and paid apps with exclusive gaming apps. It comes with an easy and clean interface which is extremely easy to navigate. Above that, the best part of this app store is that it even offers its own currency system so that the users can buy games and make in-app purchases.

2. AC market

This app is an alternative to the infamous Google Play Store. It is said to be one of the biggest unofficial app stores which contains more than 15K+ apps and games. You can find apps in different categories here like music, games, education and wallpapers, etc. To get these apps on your device, you just need to download the APK links of the respective app which you need and you can install the app from that link on your device.  Some of the apps or games which are not available on the play store can be easily found here.

3. Aptoide

This alternative app store was one of the earliest stores to make entry in to the market. Aptoide is home to many 4 and 5-star rated applications. As this is an open-source platform, the users can enjoy a variety of apps with various categories like Local Top Downloads, Aptoide recommendations along with some separate categories such as Candy Day, Emoji Day, etc.

Such simplification makes it very easy for the end-users to search for their desired apps and offer app owners a customized recommendation platform.

4. GetAPK Market

GetAPK Market is one of the very old players in the game of app stores. It’s very trusted among users and that’s why it has stayed one of the most relevant app stores for a long period of time. It has a vast library of apps and games and has one of the much simpler User Interface of all the app stores we have listed.


These are some of the best picks from our side which can be considered as perfect alternatives for both the Play Store and App store. If you are facing any issues with any of these app stores or you are unable to find any particular app or even wish to earn more money with less competition, you can just visit any of these platforms. If you are an end user looking for other exclusive apps and games, you must try one of these stores for a variety of apps.

Ranbeer Maver is a Computer Science undergraduate. He's a geek who embraces any new consumer technology with inhuman enthusiasm.