Alternative Android application store
One of the greatest advantages of Android over iOS for many users is how easy it is to install applications from unofficial stores. You only have to enable the option in your settings to allow applications from unknown sources and you can start downloading APKs from any web and installing them on your smartphone or tablet. Unfortunately, that cannot be done on an iPhone, since these phones require a jailbreak to remove their protection.
This simplicity, together with the fact that we're talking about an open operating system, has led to the appearance of alternative stores to Google Play. Aptoide or Mobogenie are just two of the most known ones, but now we've now also got the chance to use Blackmart Alpha.
A universe of free apps, of which many aren't on Google Play.
No need to go through Google anymore
And that's precisely one of the reasons that many users prefer these alternative app markets, being able to make the most of Android without needing to use a Google email account, making it more difficult for the Californian company to gather information about your activity. In other words, these stores guarantee your privacy.
And yet another aspect of Blackmart stands out regarding Google Play: none of the apps offered are paid or trial applications; they're all totally free.
How many applications? Over 270,000.
How does it work?
You've only got to install and open the app to access a wide range of applications. Just go to whichever one you want and download it to your device. As easy as that. This is the list of categories that we can go through to download apps:
- Instant messaging and chat.
- Image editors.
You can also explore different lists, such as top downloads or the most requested apps on behalf of the users.
These are some of the most noteworthy features and functions included in the application:
- Thousands of free application.
- Built-in search engine that allows us to apply filters such as price, size or popularity.
- Automatical file installation system.
- Notifications about app updates.
- Possibility to move apps from the internal to an external memory
Is Blackmart safe? What are the risks of downloading apps from an unofficial Android store?
Yes, it is safe for your phone. The thing is that, unlike the traditional Android market, the apps uploaded aren't checked with the same thoroughness. That's why if you're worried about your security you should stick to Google Play. The problem with this kind of store is that we usually come across dodgy looking apps some of which are infected with viruses that can damage our phone or steal our information.
Which one's better? Blackmart or Aptoide?
There's no need to choose, you can use both of them... there are apps that you probably can't find in one place but are in the other, and the other way around. They're perfectly complementary.
All in all, if you want to discover a world of new apps because you're already fed up of the over million present in Google Play, you can always turn to Blackmarket.
What's new in the latest version?
- Bug fixes.
Requirements and additional information:
- Minimum operating system requirements: Android 4.0.
- Offers in-app purchases.
With a degree in History, and later, in Documentation, I have over a decade of experience testing and writing about apps: reviews, guides, articles, news, tricks, and more. They have been countless, especially on Android, an operating system...