New Independent App Store, AndSpot Enters Fray to Take On Google Market

Back when I was a kid, I used to love to watch the WWE Royal Rumble, with every major player in the group going at each other.  It seems that we may have the same sort of situation shaping up in the Android app world, as another independent app store has popped up, this time in the form of the AndSpot Market.  With their tagline reading, “Welcome to the alternative Android Marketplace,” it is obvious they are trying to position themselves as a better alternative to the somewhat convoluted official Market Google runs for Android users now.  In an article over at Wired, Co-Founder Ash Kheramand says,

“Google’s Android Market is slow and not as user friendly as it can be, you don’t leave the Market thinking ‘this is great.’ Instead you are thinking, this is slow, clunky, and if you are a developer, ‘my app is not getting much exposure.'”

I hate to say it, but I have to agree with him, the Market is a tough place to operate right now for devs and users, which does not encourage growth at all.  The Android Army has long been clamoring for some sweeping changes to how the Market is maintained and searched. We saw some good things on the way with the Froyo and Gingerbread announcements, but in the mean time we are seeing sites like AndSpot pop up to fill the void and take on the challenge of creating a well-oiled marketplace for Android.

AndSpot is not the first independent marketplace to be released. Android users also can go to sites like SlideME, and AndAppStore, and use services like AppBrain that integrate with the official Market.

The good news to be taken from all of this is that while there may be issues with the official Market, we are not locked into it like our Apple counterparts; we can install apps from outside sources.  Again, the power of the Android’s openness shines in the darkness like a beacon of hope!

Users can sign up for a private beta at AndSpot, though you have to agreed to an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) and then wait for a acceptance email.  When I tried to sign up it told me that due to overwhelming response, it may be awhile.  Go check it out for yourself.

  • The overwhelming demand is probably because the Market just subtracted a few thousand downloads off developers' apps. Mine included.

    Sure I'll check them out. Doing it right now.

  • Unless you're about 10, back when you were a kid they were called the WWF.

    • LOL, you are correct, but with the whole copyright issue, I chose to write the WWE, I actually had WWF first, (which was a better name anyhow).

  • Kyle

    Can't wait for AndSpot to go live. Looks very cool.

  • Bullshit. Specifically:

    "Google’s Android Market is slow and not as user friendly as it can be, you don’t leave the Market thinking 'this is great.' Instead you are thinking, this is slow, clunky, and if you are a developer, 'my app is not getting much exposure.'"

    A great many users do walk away thinking that, and the Android Market is one of the biggest competitive advantages of the popular Android devices. What markets are you comparing it to that users like better? I think the only example commonly named is the iPhone market, and it's disadvantages are very well touted.

    I mean cmon, what other application market are people raving about? Carrier decks? Other OEMs propietary market apps for their custom hardware/software?

    That being said, I'm all for a 3rd party market coming along, and genuinely winning the hearts and minds of users. There is also lots of room for improvement on the Android Market, and that could be going faster.

  • ari-free

    If you are very open but cut out buggy/spam apps and allow paid apps for all over the world then you will have a winner.
    I mean, I would rather have others take care of the market and Google just focus on the OS and killer apps.

  • It will be good to have alternative store to buy my apps

  • nice post guys, 🙂

  • yes, that so cool

  • eka

    thanks a lot! nice post

  • Eva Grey

    Wired wrote another article on the, showing off their features.

    I guess the NDA is invalid now!

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    Check ot the largest independent Marketplace for android apps!