Wednesday, March 20, 2013

How to find Discount Android App for smart phones and tabets

Like the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store (formerly known as the Android Marketplace) has apps that are discounted, sometimes to FREE. How to discover these discounts is the trick.

Unlike the Apple App Store, you can get Android apps from more than Google Play. You can also get apps from as Amazon has it's Kindle Fire, and Android tablet, so they sell apps on too. Check out Amazon's FREE App of the day app

Then browse * Amazon's App Store. Look at the menu at the left, scroll all the way to the bottom and notice you can search for apps with 10% off or more, 25% off, 50% off or more than 70% off!
Visit the Lifehacker web site for Android (and iOS) deals and recommendations. Lifehacker has daily updates and some pretty good reviews.
I've tried a few Androids apps that are dedicated to helping you find great apps and when they might be on sale. These apps let you search the Google Play store by category or name of the app. You can then put an app on a "watch list" so you can be notified if or when the app's price changes. Sometimes the price goes up.

My favorite app here is AppSales. AppSales first screen shows the most popular apps with discounts. You can limit the list by a category of your choice. Or you can browse for apps and choose to put them on your "Watch List". Now you will get a notification when something changes for this app. AppSales is FREE.
AppSales opening screen showing discounted apps
AppSales screen showing the apps I've put on the "Watch List"

I got a little jaded with AppSales as the next app I tried, AppWatcher FREE is simply an app that allows one to search for apps and that's about it. More features were available if you paid the $0.99. I stopped here. Then I didn't want to try other apps especially since many had a cost. Not a big cost of course but why pay when you can get for FREE as they say.
* If your device says it cannot install an app from an "unknown source", don't fret. There is a option in the Security section of Settings called Unknown Sources. Check this box to allow apps form unknown sources and you'll be good to go.

Have fun. If you have an app that you like, tell me about it so we can all enjoy.

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