According to Ovum, Android app downloads are poised to surpass those of iPhone apps this year for the very first time. It’s the result both of people becoming more comfortable with using and downloading mobile apps as well as the growth provided by GetJar, Amazon Appstore and other third-party app marketplaces.
The research firm forecasted that Apple will have a hefty 6.1 billion downloads by year end but this won’t surpass the predicted 8.1 billion surge for Android apps. What’s more, by 2016 it seems that Android downloads will be a little less than double that of the iPhone: 21.8 billion for the former and 11.6 billion for the latter.
I’ve wrote about GetJar before, the app marketplace where every app is free to download. It seems that giving away free stuff works for them and they’ve ventured into giving away even more free stuff, which is of course great for us Android owners.
GetJar Gold is a premium service that will offer free full versions of games like Age of Zombies and Fruit Ninja THD and apps like SwiftKey X and Splashtop Remote Desktop. These aren’t ad-supported versions you are getting here, no sir. These are apps that you will have to pay for if you download them elsewhere. If you think you’ve seen this tactic before, you’re right; Amazon offers a free app [...]
I grabbed myself a few free Android games a while back from GetJar and the Market recently, and all of them were quite excellent. Here’s a quick rundown of my thoughts on each of themRobotek HD
This game is from the makers of Totemo and Everlands and offers a very rich tactical game for the low price of free. You play the last hope of mankind during a time when machines rule the world. Your goal is to defeat these mainframes one at a time, improving your own human-controlled mainframe’s abilities and skills along the way.
Each battle, you roll a slot machine-like device to see what kind of powerups you get for that round. Getting a three in a row [...]
Apps are what make Android great but sometimes they can get a bit expensive, especially when you’ve already spent quite a lot on your device. So what is an Android fan to do? Go for the free ones of course!
Here are some tried and true ways to get free and cheap apps on your device.
1. Check out the free versions in the Android Market.
Sometimes you hear or read about a great app and want to get it into your phone. More often than not, the developer has a free version of that app available together with a paid one. Just search for the app in the Android Market and click on the app that says INSTALL instead of the one with a [...]