Marc Hubs is a writer/researcher on the mind, science, and technology.
There are many independent Android app developers out there who design, code, and test the apps they have been working on, only to find out that Google charges $25 to sign up as a developer and publish to Google Play, previously known as Android Market.
There are also independent developers out there who haven't relied upon pure development but have chosen to use free third-party app-building services and are also looking to publish their app for free.
What many of them don't realize is that Google Play is most certainly not the only Android Market and not all of them charge a fee.
Alternative Markets to Google Play
An excellent alternative market which was actually in existence before Google Play/Android Market is French Android App Market, SlideMe. Anyone can sign up at SlideMe as a developer and can upload their Android apps for free.
Although you must register as a developer first, there are no fees charged. You can sell your app for a price if you so wish. You can also display your own advertising in your apps and even sign up to SlideMe's own earning program.
Alternatively, by using Appsgeyser's service to build your .apk file in the first place, your app will automatically be hosted on Appgeyser's own network—although this is nowhere near as popular as the Google Play or SlideMe markets.
However, Appsgeyser does provide an incredibly easy to use option for independent developers who know very little about coding. Whereas you could easily attain a few thousand downloads on Google Play or SlideMe, it's highly unlikely that your apps will attract the same amount of attention on networks like Appsgeyser.
The next option is to sign up with Amazon App Market as an Android developer to upload your apps. This is only currently free for the first year, however, after which an annual $99 fee is applicable. Amazon's apps are also screened for quality before being published, but there are certain advantages—such as the "Customers also purchased" feature.
Finally, the best way to upload and publish your Android apps for free is via Upload.com. In fact, you can upload PC/Mac software, eBooks, and more.
Upload.com is operated by CNET, who owns the sister site Download.com and have a very large distribution network. Any products you upload are automatically added to the network and will appear on Download.com.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
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This is a cool post. But still is there a way to add andriod app to google play?
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Well..after go through the hard time on android development, i have successfully published my first apps on Google Play Market.
Marc Hubs (author) from United Kingdom on October 15, 2013:
You don't need much promotion at all, I have had tens of thousands of my apps downloaded from SlideMe with hardly any promotion at all.
Rajesh Bhuin from India on June 16, 2013:
But how much promotion do you need to get any decent amount of downloads from these app stores?
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Marc Hubs (author) from United Kingdom on February 28, 2013:
Thanks for your comments. Arise Peter, SlideMe will now only allow Android apps which are native code and they must also be original, useful and not just content-based (like a website). They are actually getting quite strict, though this can be seen as a positive - the quality of apps there is much higher than on Google Play (which has plenty of junk apps) for this reason.
Thanks for the links too, I've also found a few other sites although sites like AndroidFreeware your app has to be given away free.
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