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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by rcsthompson, Sep 14, 2014.

  1. rcsthompson

    rcsthompson Newbie
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    My Chinese Android phone does not have Google Play and will not run it, even won't take a Google account. I am just looking for the apk files for free apps (such as BBC weather) then I can sideload and circumvent the problem. I am not looking for cracked paid apps or anything dodgy, just the free and freely distributed ones.

    Where can I download these without picking up at best a load of adware, and at worst a lethal virus?
     

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  2. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    Try getting Amazon AppStore.
     
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  3. rcsthompson

    rcsthompson Newbie
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    Great, it works on my phone, thank you! It isn't quite Google Play, but there is enough on there to make my phone usable. Thank you!!!
     
  4. mrsmumbles

    mrsmumbles Android Enthusiast

    There's also something called GetJar which I had on a cheap tablet. It probably has some of the same apps as Amazon though. I'd trust Amazon more actually. :)
     
  5. UncleMike

    UncleMike Android Expert

    GetJar has been around since before Android, distributing apps for handsets that ran Java (e.g. Nextel phones). I wouldn't hesitate to trust GetJar, but I have no idea how much effort (if any) they put into screening apps or otherwise protecting users.
     
  6. mrsmumbles

    mrsmumbles Android Enthusiast

    That's what I meant, thanks. :)
     
  7. rcsthompson

    rcsthompson Newbie
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    Of course had to get Getjar apk file from 3rd party site, as they only offer via Google Play, but they require a Google account on the phone to use, which of course is not allowed. Grrr, seems so childish to block Google on an Android phone. Any other app store suggestions very welcome or workaround to get Google on there.

    So far you have all been really helpful.
     
  8. mrsmumbles

    mrsmumbles Android Enthusiast

    This is an older Google but who knows, there's something called Android Market. It's supposedly (what I'm thinking of) the precursor to google play. Not sure where to find it though.
     
  9. palmtree5

    palmtree5 Sunny Vacation Supporter!
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    That's what Google Play used to be called IIRC
     
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  10. rcsthompson

    rcsthompson Newbie
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    I think this will still need a Google account though. The Google link being severed is the source of all the problems. I found the apk file for Google Play, and it loads, but without a Google account on the phone it won't work.
     
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  11. mrsmumbles

    mrsmumbles Android Enthusiast

    Oh, well that makes sense. There are a few more, Opera app something, let me check. Opera Mobile Store, SlideMe Market, and Android Freeware.
     
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  12. rcsthompson

    rcsthompson Newbie
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    Slideme and Android Freeware have some stuff I can use, thank you! It is a shame so many of the big guys only offer their apps through Google Play, not through direct apk download.
     
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  13. mrsmumbles

    mrsmumbles Android Enthusiast

    YW! There's an app through F-Droid too. I'm not sure how much overlap there is between these but there's clearly a need for these alternatives to Google. I guess most devs just figure they'll get the most exposure through Google, but I agree they should put their apps in these others too.
     
  14. rcsthompson

    rcsthompson Newbie
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    Definitely. The more choice can only good for all of us and the big boys need some competition.

    Anyone tried Aptoide.com? Seems to have an awful lot and works on my phone. Almost too good to be true. Are they legit?
     
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  15. Slug

    Slug Check six!
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    The last time I looked it was full of paid apps available for free download, so I would suggest no.

    Don't overlook the power of direct appeal to developers. An email to a dev explaining that your device prevents access to Play Store may get a result.
     
  16. Dark One

    Dark One Android Expert

    Does your phone have a sub-forum here or on XDA? You might be able to find out how to get Google play on it.
     
  17. rcsthompson

    rcsthompson Newbie
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    Unfortunately not, I think it is a rare one. Actually all the app stores very kindly suggested here have really made up for loss of Google Play. I just need to find a way to sync contacts and calendar with my Google account. Any good stand alone apps that will do this?
     
  18. rcsthompson

    rcsthompson Newbie
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    Yes, I must contact more of them directly. I tried once or twice without luck but should be more persistent. My guess is a lot of the developers are very small companies or individuals who don't have the resources for much customer service, especially where their apps have been successful and downloaded millions of times.
     
  19. BOO5TED

    BOO5TED Android Enthusiast

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