Paid apps for Android :-)


Now this post is and on a completely different topic than usual…

I just want to share a little tip for Android phones.

I think it’s a fantastic phone/OS (my model is HTC Legend) with only a few shortcomings.

One of the most annoying ones is that the Marked is devoid of any paid apps in many countries (Denmark for instance) which is really annoiying if you happen to have 2 euros in excess and a great app that you just can’t have.

How hard can it be to make a payment gateway? Google have Google Checkout for christs sake..  (I really hate these arbitrary country restrictions with a vengeance – give me Netflix in Europe!)

The solution is AndAppStore which is an alternative Marked implementation where they have solved the payment issue by just using paypal. I don’t particulary like paypal however they do provide a way to enter credit card details.

What to do:

  • From your phone go to http://AndAppStore.com and download the client. You’ll have to allow apps to be installed from all/unknown sources in the Settings/Applications menu
  • Register at the site. The email address you use should also be the one you plan to use for paypal
  • Start the app, allow it to update and enter your account details

The AndAppStore client is not a great app, it’s kind of ugly, there is a rating system, but no comments and no screenshots but it does allow me to pay for the few apps I do care about.

What to buy? I’ll recommend

  • JuiceDefender (Paid version is UltimateJuice)
  • Newsrob

That’s a whooping 8 €.

Any other apps to be recommended? Leave a comment.