You have reached one of the most exciting parts of creating your free Android app and are ready to begin to get your app business off the ground formally with the publication of your app in the Android app store. Wait, have you considered which Android app store you should publish your free Android app to?
It is great that you have created your app but you really should stand back and consider which Android app store you should be publishing your app to. What do you really know about Android app stores? Well, today we are going to take a look at the meaning of Android app stores to help you make an informed decision as to which market you think your app will perform the best in.
What is an Android App Store?
When you create an app the main way an app audience will be able to gain access to your app is via one of the Android app stores, these stores are integrated app stores that are either pre-programmed into your mobile device (such as GooglePlay) or can be downloaded to your mobile device or web browser (such as Amazon App Store). Android app stores give the app user the ability to find, download and publish Android apps.
Why does Android have many app stores and Apple only has one?
Let me be clear with you, Android does not discriminate, they do not limit their app makers to one store giving little room for success for the new app developer, or the ‘little man’ as we like to call them. Android does not limit its potential audience, instead it opens the market up to everyone, giving all developers an equal chance at success. Some may call the Android fragmented, we prefer to call it open and free, offering chances to all.. GooglePlay is the most widely used Android app store mainly due to the fact that it comes already installed on all Android devices but this does not mean that it is the only place a new app maker should think of publishing to. Other major store competitors to Google Play are Amazon app store and GetJar app store.
Does my app have to be published in an Android app store?
No, you do not have to publish to any app store if you don’t want to. AppsGeyser provides you with the QR reader barcode and also a download link which will give you the opportunity to market your app to your audience in a different form. However, if you are looking to increase your audience then we would suggest that you do publish your app officially in at least one of the Android app stores.
Which Android app store should I publish to?
I don’t think it would be ethical to tell you to publish to one app store over another, there are many factors that you need to consider when deciding which of the Android app stores you should try, including your business marketing plan and your financial budget.
What I would strongly recommend to all Android app makers, is that your app is uploaded to more than one place, this allows you to decide which Android app store best suits your app making needs.
Other factors that you may consider when planning which app store to publish too would be:
- Competition per app
- Size of potential audience
- Audience style
- Speed to upload to app store to market
Let us know which Android app store you decide to publish too and why.