Get Jar Launches Download by SMS

Our friends over at the world’s 2nd largest 3rd party app market, Get Jar, have launched some new functionality on their site that allows consumers to have yet another way to easily get the apps they want.  In a post from Bruce Jones on their developer blog, Get Jar announced today that you can now get apps using the SMS functionality on your Android handset.  A quote from their blog:

SMS Downloads Today, in the US Market, consumers have a much easier experience downloading apps found on GetJar.  Try it now to see how easy it is:

1) Visit from your Mac or PC
2) Pick an awesome free app you’d like to try on your phone
3) Enter your mobile phone number
4) Receive a *TEXT MESSAGE* with a link to download the app
5) Smile, Breath, Relax – Life just got better

I would like to refer you to another article we wrote on Get Jar, and say again that Google needs to stand up and take notice, these guys at Get Jar seem to understand how to get apps into the hands of consumers in a much more efficient way.  Perhaps that is why devs are flocking to them, because the sales experience with Get Jar is becoming easier and easier.

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  1. Android User
    September 17, 15:24 Reply

    They should use QR codes as most of the app sites now.

  2. gad
    September 18, 03:56 Reply

    you didn’t mention that it was US only.You guys tend to forget that alot of your visitors are outside the US

  3. Alex
    September 19, 05:08 Reply

    A good metric could be a clics count to get the app. Any sound and non subjective comparison around?

  4. webreaper
    September 19, 08:42 Reply

    SMS messaging to download apps? Why not just use direct push (like appbrain) or send the link via emails (these are smartphones after all).

    These guys seem to be from the 1990s.

  5. Jarrett
    September 20, 09:49 Reply

    I agree, SMS is oldschool. Why not use chrome to phone? Duh

    • Ray Walters
      September 20, 20:43 Reply


      While Chrome to Phone would be great, that would leave out quite a few handsets still. SMS is still a universal way to make things happen, and GetJar serves more than the Android platform.

      Remember, Chrome to Phone is Froyo only, until I get some cyanogen love on my Galaxy S, I’m outta luck :(. Thanks for reading!

  6. Jim Valentine
    December 07, 19:56 Reply

    I’m looking into ways to point users to apps from my blog to both the Android and iPHone markets. Dumb question here, as I’m not technical, but what is the best way to do this? Can I point someone through SMS or QR code directly to the AppStore or Android market? I’m writing about cool apps and would like to make it easy for my readers to get these apps. Replys to [email protected] are most appreciated.



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