September 23, 2014

Are Sites Like AppBrain in Danger From the New Android Web Market?

Since we have seen the launch of the new web based Android Market, questions have surfaced about 3rd party app markets like our beloved AppBrain.  Will they survive?  Will they be forced out of relevancy?  Can they continue to grow?  According to Mathijs Vogelzgang, developer for AppBrain.com, the answer is a resounding “YES!”. 

In a Q and A article on Quora.com, Mathijs talks about the fact that they certainly have been watching the launch of the new Market interface, they still believe AppBrain gives users a better search and filtering experience than Google does.

We have to agree, we find it odd that the “king of search” does not have a better algorithm or filter system in place inside their own Market place.

A quote from Mathijs about some of the things that AppBrain has in place that Google does not with the Android Market:

we have always seen ourselves as a discovery and sharing service on top of the Android market. Most of the features that AppBrain has are not offered by the Google Webstore, in fact the initial version of AppBrain that we launched 12 months ago already had more features than Google’s store now.
Just to sum up, the features that make AppBrain unique are:

  • daily and weekly hot apps
  • personalized app recommendations
  • more app details like change history, referring articles and blogs about the app
  • interesting browse and filter options, like top apps per country, per demographic (age, gender), move2sd enabled, price reduced, etc.
  • filtering of ~50% of apps that are spam or otherwise low-quality
  • sharing of your entire app list
  • uninstalling apps, setting of wallpapers and pushing URLs to your phone
  • connecting with Facebook and Twitter to see what apps your friends have
  • embeddable widgets for your own blog

Hopefully the above mentioned features can keep AppBrain around for the long haul, I know that I rely on it pretty heavily for app management. If you have not tried out AppBrain, go give it a shot, it really is a joy to use.

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