Android Alternate Market Review: Handster

Handster Android App MarketGetting back to the Android Alternate Market Review series, this time I am covering Handster.  This Android app market is independent from major carriers, and is multi-platform.  Is it right for you though?

Update: Handster is no more, it’s now handled by Opera.

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Features

This review is rather short, and you’ll see why in just a bit.  I’m going to jump right into the features:

  • Handster sent me an email and offered to add my apps directly to their store
    • They found me through my app on the main Android Market
  • Download counts are available for free apps
  • Distribution channels are localized to 10 languages
    • English, Russian, Deutsch, Italian, French, Spanish, Dutch, Turkey, Swedish, Danish, Chinese, Greek (their spellings)
  • Supports free, purchase, and try-before-buy models

Drawbacks

  • Download rates are low (even for top apps)
  • Updating apps is a little confusing at first – you have to update your build

Recommendations

Having my account created for me with my apps added was completely painless and effortless.  They pulled all of the information from the main Android Market.  I suggest you allow them to do this, as it allows you some additional exposure with almost no effort.

However, I would limit your effort after that.  I wouldn’t recommend releasing paid Android apps into this app store until the download rates showed more promise.  I do, however, update my apps with new releases here as I update them everywhere else.

The low download rates really are a deal-killer. There is possibly a more successful niche (perhaps even just another language that performs).  However, I don’t have any information right now that leads me to think I’ll get great return on further time invested in this market with my Android apps.

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About ProjectJourneyman

I am a software engineer that escaped the cubicle world at a large company to go solo with Android app development. My attention to detail and quality applies both to my apps and to my research on how to make money with Android. Now that I have the freedom to work on my own projects, I am documenting my efforts in the hopes that it will help other current or aspiring independent Android developers get the income they desire.

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