10 Google Play Store Alternatives from China

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  • 02 Aug 2012
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  • The folks of techinasia.com came up with a top 10 of Google Play Store alternatives available in China in 2012 and we’re here to dissect their analysis. Third party Android app stores are looking more and more powerful in China and they’ve also increased in number quite a bit. Their biggest problem is that they may give you malware, since they don’t have very good protection in place. Anyway, here goes the list.

    1. Baidu App Store

    This is basically an aggregator of apps, that picks them up from third party store. The real advantage here is that it comes from Baidu, the biggest search engine in China. It’s a freemium app store, that gets a very important link from the Baidu mobile page.

    2. Tencent App Gem

    Tencent is another Chinese web giant, that even has a solution dubbed “iTunes for Android” unofficially of course. This one is an app that allows Android sync with the PC. Tencent App Gem is a store that comes as an app and it has a separate version for tablets.

    3. Wandoujia/SnapPea

    Wandoujia has a pretty big app store, a mobile app store and a PC sync solution. This app store has the advantage of getting some exclusivities, like the Chinese edition of Flipboard, for example. Once again this is an aggregator that doesn’t host the apps itself. There’s a global version of Wandoujia called SnapPea, apparently.

    4. AppChina

    Appchina is the more creative out the crowd, with a very good site design and very good relation with local developers. It got a funding of $6 million in February this year and it clearly shows.

    5. D.cn Games Center

    This app store focuses on games, but it also gives you regular apps as well. D.cn, also known as Dang Le in its Chinese name is a long time partner of Rovio, the maker of Angry Birds, so it gets to sell the free with ads version of the game.

    6. Gfan

    Gfan is a startup app store with a recent redesign and it was initially a BBS board, that now has become a full store. It will get more tie ups with developers in the future.

    7. Anzhi

    It was called GoAPK before and now it’s Anzhi. This app store is widely used because it comes preinstalled on many “grey market” smartphones, those that are smuggled into China. Just a minor alternative to Google Play Store, but I’m suspicious about it.

    8. HiAPK

    Just like Anzhi this one became famous with unorthodox methods, like flashed devices sold in the Chinese grey market without the Play Store on board. At least it gets regular updates and has a good design…

    9. N-Duo Market

    Another startup that has evolved into an app store focused on Android tablet applications. Looks solid.

    10. Taobao App Market

    Launched just a month ago, this is actually China’s biggest e commerce site that entered the Android app biz. It’s run by Alibaba, so it’s bound to have some quality, at least in the e-payment area.

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