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.


  1. 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.

    • Jarrett,

      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!

  2. 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.