Are 3rd party android app markets legal?

cholmes792

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I'm curious why 3rd party android markets like 1mobile and mobogenie gives you a lot of paid apps for free and Google play store makes you pay for them.
 

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Whether they are legal is a question for lawyers, and depends on your jurisdiction. Many are not legitimate though. There are some legitimate 3rd party stores. Amazon has one, but I don't have a very high opinion of Amazon's store for a number of reasons.


  • ■ It's slow
    ■ It's a little buggy
    ■ It will download updates for itself on cell data without asking. This one annoys me so much.
    ■ Applications are almost always one or more versions behind the release on Google Play (Amazon has a longer approval process)
    ■ Amazon makes one application free every day, and developers don't get a say in the matter. This is one reason why many devs don't even use it. It's also the only reason I use it :lol:
    ■ You can't get rid of it unless you want to stop using some (all?) software installed from it because it acts as a DRM provider.
 

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Because they're pirated, hacked, and not legal, and a lot of times, either malware/hijackware or data stealing is injected into them so beware. So you may get a free copy of a game that would have cost you $5.99, but now your credit card is charged $5999 from data theft.
 

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Whether they are legal is a question for lawyers, and depends on your jurisdiction. Many are not legitimate though. There are some legitimate 3rd party stores. Amazon has one, but I don't have a very high opinion of Amazon's store for a number of reasons.


  • ■ It's slow
    ■ It's a little buggy
    ■ It will download updates for itself on cell data without asking. This one annoys me so much.
    ■ Applications are almost always one or more versions behind the release on Google Play (Amazon has a longer approval process)
    ■ Amazon makes one application free every day, and developers don't get a say in the matter. This is one reason why many devs don't even use it. It's also the only reason I use it :lol:
    ■ You can't get rid of it unless you want to stop using some (all?) software installed from it because it acts as a DRM provider.
 
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