Have you ever wondered how mobile phone app stores like GetJar and AppFactory are able to attract developers? These platforms were started in Lithuania and Northern California, and now boast offices in both countries. They boast a virtual shelf of mini-applications, which developers can use to make money through in-app purchases. Earlier this year, accelerator Accel Partners invested 11 million in GetJar, making it one of the fastest growing mobile application stores.
GetJar is a leading open app store with over 1 billion downloads and an open market approach. GetJar provides 75,000 mobile applications to users in over 200 countries. The company was recently selected as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. It is backed by Accel Partners and has offices in Silicon Valley and Lithuania. The company was established in 2004 and has already received over a billion downloads. Currently, it sports over 60,000 apps, and the majority of them are free to download. Those that want to try the app before downloading it should look for the “Free” option.
A lot of people are hesitant to install apps from unknown sources. While some apps might be perfectly safe, others could be dangerous. While some apps may be developed by users, the vast majority of GetJar’s apps look suspect and are littered with advertisements. GetJar offers a large selection of free Android apps, but it’s not a suitable alternative to Google Play. If you want to download apps that are safe, but don’t trust Google Play, try F-Droid instead.