List of mobile app distribution platforms

This list of mobile app distribution platforms includes digital distribution platforms, or marketplace 'app stores', intended to provide mobile applications, aka 'apps' to mobile devices. For information on each mobile platform and its market share, see the mobile operating system and smartphone articles. A comparison of the development capabilities of each mobile platform can be found in the article on mobile app development. For cross-platform development, see the mobile development framework. The mobile app article contains other general information.

Mobile app platforms

Native platforms

These application marketplaces, or 'm' are native to the major mobile operating systems. Anyway, the relative store APK can often be installed in other compatible systems withoud rooting device, as it happens for Huawei AppGallery and stock Android.

There are 17 native mobile app distribution platforms currently on this list.

app store
name
date
established
status owner available
apps
download
count
installed
base
device
platform
allows
individual
developers
to publish
cut for
developer
per sale
developer
fees
(per
year)
development
tools
(SDK)
free of
charge
IDE?
Amazon
Appstore
for
Android
22 Mar 2011 live Amazon.com,
Inc.
453,706
(Q2 2020)
unknown unknown Android OS
(customised)
, Android, BlackBerry 10
yes 70% free
(previously: US$90
(waive fee for 1st year, plus $50 AWS promo code)
)
Amazon
Mobile
App SDK

yes
Apple
App Store

(iOS / iPadOS)
10 Jul 2008 live Apple Inc. 2,200,000
(Jan 2017)

(1M iPad apps)
(Mar 2016)

130 billion
(Jun 2016)
800 million
(Jun 2014)
iOS
iPadOS
yes 60–70%
originally
56–70%
(varies depending on the country)
US$99
iOS SDK,
Xcode
yes
(Xcode 6 is free on Mac App Store and Apple Developer)
BlackBerry World 1 Apr 2009 closed BlackBerry
Limited

(formerly
Research
In Motion)
223,601
(26 Oct 2013)
BlackBerry OS, PlayBook, and BlackBerry 10 apps
3 billion
(May 2012)
75 million
(Jan 2012)
BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry Tablet OS, BlackBerry 10 OS closed
for new app
submission
70%
free
BlackBerry 10 native SDK (with full POSIX and Qt support), HTML5 Qt4 SDK, Android (via BlackBerry Android Tools SDK), Adobe AIR SDK, BlackBerry OS SDK yes
Download Fun / Catalog 20 Sep 2003 closed Danger, Inc. / Microsoft unknown unknown unknown Danger OS yes 40% free Danger OS SDK yes
Firefox
Marketplace
6 Sep 2013 closed Mozilla
Foundation
5,957
(Mar 2014)
unknown unknown Firefox OS yes 70%
unknown unknown yes
Google Play
(formerly
Android
Market)
22 Oct 2008 live Google, LLC 3,500,000
(Dec 2017)
50 billion
(Jul 2013)
over 2 billion
(May 2017)
Android
yes 70% One-time registration fee: US$25
Android SDK, Android Studio yes
HP App
Catalog
6 Jun 2009 closed Palm, Inc. / Hewlett-
Packard
10,002
(Dec 2011)
108 million
(Aug 2011)
2.6 million
(Jul 2010)
webOS yes 70%
free
Enyo yes
Huawei
AppGallery
2011
live Huawei
Technologies
Co., Ltd.
220,000
(Nov 2022)
432 billion
(Q4 2022)
700 million
(Jul 2020)
Android,
Huawei EMUI,HarmonyOS
yes 100% for first 2 years, then 70%
free
Android SDK,
HMS Core,
HMS Toolkit

HarmonyOS SDK, DevEco Studio

yes
(Huawei Quick App IDE and DevEco Studio)
Microsoft
Store

(formerly
Windows Store)
26 Oct 2012 live Microsoft
Corp.
669,000+
(Sep 2015)
unknown 410 million
Windows PC devices
(Nov 2015)

93 million
smartphones
(Sep 2015)

Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows 11, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone yes,
with
restriction
70% - raised to 80% if developer sales exceeds US$25,000 in a year individuals: US$19, or free for student; companies: US$99.
One registration fee for both Windows Phone Store and Windows Store.
Visual Studio 2013 or higher for Windows 8.1.
Visual Studio 2015 or higher for Universal Apps.
Windows App Studio
yes
Nokia
Download!
2006 replaced
with the
Ovi Store
Nokia
Oyj
unknown unknown unknown Symbian (S60),
Series 40
unknown unknown unknown unknown unknown
Nokia
Store

(formerly
Ovi Store)
26 May 2009 closed,
replaced
with the
Opera Mobile Store
Nokia
Oyj
120,000
(Aug 2012)
17 million/day
(Oct 2012)

~6 billion
(Aug 2012)
885 million
[citation needed]
multiple
Symbian, MeeGo, Maemo, S40, Nokia X software platform
yes 70% 1
Qt 4 SDK, Nokia Web Tools, Nokia SDK for Java, Java ME, Nokia X services SDK yes
OpenStore
for
Ubuntu
Touch
Sep 2014
live UBports
(a democracy)
many
most Linux software applications will run on Ubuntu Touch
unknown unknown open-source mobile phones yes
(anything packaged in the Ubuntu package database should run)
free Linux yes
PureOS
Software
Center
Nov 2017 ?
[citation needed]
live Purism

supported by The Debian Project
(a democracy)
quite many
most Linux software applications will run on PureOS
unknown unknown open-source mobile phones yes
(anything packaged in the Debian package database should run)
0 free Linux yes
Samsung Galaxy Store
(formerly
Samsung
Galaxy Apps)
Sep 2009 live Samsung
Electronics
unknown unknown over 1 billion
(Oct 2020)

Android,
Tizen,
Windows
Mobile
,
Bada
unknown unknown unknown unknown unknown
Snap Store 9 Dec 2014
live Canonical
Limited
unknown unknown unknown Linux
distributions
yes free Snapcraft unknown
Ubuntu
Software
Centre

aka
Ubuntu
App Store
17 Oct 2013 closed,
replaced by Snap Store
Canonical
Limited
2,650+
(Dec 2015, incl. web apps & scopes)
unknown unknown Ubuntu Touch yes free Ubuntu SDK yes
Windows
Phone
Store

(formerly
Windows
Phone
Marketplace)
21 Oct 2010 closed,
merged
with the
Windows Store
Microsoft
Corp.
400,000+
(Mar 2015)

9 billion
(Mar 2015)

(105 per device)
100 million
(Jun 2015)

Windows Phone yes 70% individuals: US$19, or free for student; companies: US$99 / unlimited paid apps, and 100 free apps submissions.
One registration fee for both Windows Phone Store and Windows Store.
Windows Phone Developer Tools, includes specialty versions of Microsoft Visual Studio, Expression Blend yes
date
established
status owner available
apps
download
count
installed
base
device
platform
allows
individual
developers
to publish
cut for
developer
per sale
developer
fees
(per
year)
development
tools
(SDK)
free of
charge
IDE?
Notes
  1. ^ Including Windows Phone 8.0, Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile. Excluding Windows Phone 7, because although it is still live, so is no longer supported and never be able to take advantage of all types of applications (e.g. universal apps)
  2. ^ Microsoft classifies developer accounts to individual accounts and company accounts. Individual accounts are restricted from using specific app capabilities and cannot list desktop apps in Windows Store, while company accounts do not have this restriction. Microsoft verifies company accounts by contacting the company official, while this is not done for individual accounts.

Third-party platforms

Third-party platforms are software distribution platforms which are used as alternatives to operating system native distribution platforms. Independent operating systems are software collections that use their own software distribution, customised user interface (UI), software development kit (SDK) and application programming interface (API) (except billing API which is related only to the application store).

There are 16 third-party mobile app distribution platforms currently on this list.

app store
platform
name
date
established
status owner available
apps
download
count
install
base
device
platform
cut for
developer
per sale
developer
fees
(per
year)
developer
console
development
platform(s)
(SDK)
Appland 2011 live Appland 130,000
25 million
(Mar 2016)
5 million
(Mar 2016)
Android and iOS up to 70% free unknown unknown
Aptoide 17 Nov 2009 live Aptoide 1,100,000
(Oct 2020)
17.5 billion
(Oct 2020)
120 million
(Oct 2020)
Android up to 75% free unknown Android SDK, Java ME
Cafe Bazaar Apr 2011 live Hezardastan Technologies 160,000
(May 2019)
unknown 40 million
(May 2019)
Android up to 70% free unknown unknown
Cydia Feb 2008 live saurik unknown unknown 30 million iOS free unknown iOS SDK, Xcode
F-Droid 29 Sep 2010 live F-Droid
Limited
4,002
248 million
(Mar 2015)
unknown Android free unknown Android SDK
GetJar 2004 live GetJar,
Accel
Partners
849,036
(Mar 2015)
3 billion
(Mar 2015)
200 million users
multiple
Android, BlackBerry OS, Flash Lite, Java, iOS, Palm OS, Symbian, Windows Phone
free
unknown unknown
Handango 2000 closed PocketGear 190,000
(MMM 20YY)
unknown unknown multiple
Android, BlackBerry OS, Palm OS, PSP, Symbian, Windows Mobile
≈42% free unknown
Handmark 2000 closed Handmark unknown unknown unknown multiple
Android, BlackBerry OS, iOS, Java, Palm OS, Symbian, Windows Mobile
unknown unknown unknown unknown
MiKandi 29 Nov 2009 closed MiKandi unknown unknown 80000
(Dec 2009)
Android
unknown unknown unknown unknown
Opera
Mobile
Store
Mar 2011 closed Opera
Software
300,000
(Nov 2014)
45 million per month
(Dec 2012)
unknown multiple
Android, Java, Symbian, BlackBerry OS, Windows Mobile, iOS
70%: Android, Symbian, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile; 50%: Java free
unknown Android SDK, Java ME, S60, BlackBerry SDK, Windows Phone Developer Tools
Pocket
Gear
1999 closed PocketGear 140,000
(Jun 2010)
unknown unknown multiple
Android, BlackBerry OS, Java, Palm OS, Symbian, Windows Mobile
≈55% free unknown
UptodownAppStore Nov 2011 live Uptodown
Technologies
2,500,000
(Mar 2021)
450 million per month
(Nov 2021)
unknown Android 80% free Yes
Rootpk 2022 live Rootpk 700,000+
(Sep 2022)
unknown unknown Android 90% free Yes
RuStore [ru] 2022 live VK (company), MinTsifry Of Russia 21,000+
(Oct 2022)
unknown unknown Android unknown free unknown
Applivery
App
Distribution
Feb 2017 live Applivery
Mobility Management
2,000,000+
(Dec 2020)
unknown unknown Android and iOS 0 free Yes Android SDK, iOS SDK
Updraft App Distribution 2014 live Apps with love AG / Moqod BV. unknown 350,000+ in 2022 15,000 Users in 2022 Android and iOS 0 free Yes iOS SDK, Android SDK
date
established
status owner available
apps
download
count
install
base
device
platform
cut for
developer
per sale
developer
fees
(per
year)
developer
console
development
platform(s)
(SDK)

Introduction of mobile app distribution platforms

Mobile app distribution platforms are online marketplaces where developers can upload and distribute their mobile apps to millions of users worldwide. These platforms serve as a bridge between developers and users, providing a centralized location where users can discover and download new apps, and developers can reach a wider audience. Mobile app distribution platforms are essential for app developers, as they offer a convenient and efficient way to promote and distribute their apps to a large number of potential users.

They also provide a range of tools and services that can help developers monetize their apps, such as in-app advertising and in-app purchases. Overall, mobile app distribution platforms play a critical role in the mobile app ecosystem, facilitating the growth and success of the industry as a whole.

List of the most popular mobile app distribution platforms

There are many mobile app distribution platforms available for developers to distribute their mobile apps to users. Some of the most popular 10 mobile app distribution platforms are:

  1. Apple App Store: This is the official app store for iOS devices. It is the primary distribution platform for iOS apps and has strict guidelines for app approval.
  2. Google Play Store: This is the official app store for Android devices. It is the primary distribution platform for Android apps and has more relaxed guidelines for app approval.
  3. Amazon Appstore: This is an app store by Amazon and is available on Kindle Fire and Android devices. Developers can distribute their apps to millions of Amazon customers.
  4. Samsung Galaxy Store: This is an app store by Samsung and is available on Samsung devices. Developers can distribute their apps to millions of Samsung customers.
  5. Huawei App Gallery: This is an app store by Huawei and is available on Huawei and Honor devices. Developers can distribute their apps to millions of Huawei customers.
  6. Microsoft Store: This is an app store by Microsoft and is available on Windows devices. Developers can distribute their apps to millions of Microsoft customers.
  7. Aptoide: This is an independent app store for Android devices. Developers can distribute their apps to millions of Aptoide users.
  8. F-Droid: This is an open-source app store for Android devices. Developers can distribute their open-source apps to millions of F-Droid users.
  9. GetJar: This is an independent app store for Android devices. Developers can distribute their apps to millions of GetJar users.
  10. SlideME: This is an independent app store for Android devices. Developers can distribute their apps to millions of SlideME users.

Each of these platforms has its guidelines, revenue models, and user bases. Developers need to choose the right platform(s) for their apps based on their target audience and business objectives.

See also


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