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How to Get the Most from the Android Market

written by: •edited by: Wendy Finn•updated: 9/22/2011

The Android Market is your premier destination for Android apps. Find out everything you need to know about how to find the apps and games you want. Learn how to get the best out of the Android Market.

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    The Android Market opened officially on October 22nd, 2008 and there were just 13 apps available. It would be fair to say there has been some pretty major growth since then and you now have access to around 300,000 apps and games. It’s not just the choice that has improved either. The web and the app versions of Android Market have been drastically updated in the last few months. You can now browse the whole catalogue online on your PC or laptop and even queue apps or games up to download wirelessly to your smartphone.

    Find out exactly how the Android Market works, learn about some of the best apps and games on offer, and get more from your Android smartphone. There are other places you can find Android apps and we’ll take a look at those too.

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    Complete Guide to Google's Android Market

    If you’re new to the Android Market then this guide is a great place to start. Find out exactly how it works and learn how to find, download and install the apps and games that you want.

    How to Use Android Market Safely

    Since the Android Market is open to all developers, and there’s no real approval process, there are some apps that you’ll definitely want to avoid. There is also a risk of malware. Find out exactly how to keep your smartphone safe and avoid the dangerous apps.

    Shopping for Android Applications on the Internet

    For a long time the web-based side of the Android Market was severely lacking and that made it difficult to use your PC or laptop to shop for apps and games. Thankfully, Google improved their web presence significantly and this guide will show you what the web-based Market has in store for you.

    The Top 25 Free Apps in the Android Market

    The choice of apps in the Android Market can be overwhelming so this selection of the best free options provides a terrific starting place. These apps are all highly recommended and they cover all sorts of purposes and interests from social media to security and beyond.

    Guide to the Greatest Free Android Apps

    If you still haven’t what you’re looking for then this guide to great round-ups and reviews of the very best free Android apps in the Android Market is guaranteed to deliver.

    Top Ten Android Games

    The Android Market isn’t all about apps -- there are some fantastic games in there too. Your smartphone can be a great gaming platform and these ten titles will satisfy fans of various genres.

    Ultimate Android Entertainment Guide

    This is another guide to the best round-ups and app reviews here at Bright Hub, but this one focuses on entertainment. If you want music, TV or movies on your Android smartphone then this is the place to look.

    My Phone Came Without Android Market

    Some Android smartphones might be lacking the Android Market and that can make getting the apps you want a bit more difficult. Learn what you can do to get the Android Market on your smartphone and what alternatives are out there that you might consider.

    Sources for Android Apps Outside Android Market

    If you don’t want to, or can’t, use the Android Market for any reason then you’ll be glad to know that there alternatives and a couple of the best options are discussed in this article.

    Alternatives to the Android Market

    You’ll find a few more alternatives to the Android Market in this round-up. Each of them has something slightly different to offer so take a look and see if any of them tempt you.

    Amazon Appstore vs Android Market

    Amazon recently launched a rival Appstore for the Android Market. You can learn all about it and how it compares with Google’s Android Market right here.

    How to Clear Android Market Search and Download History

    Learn how you can clear your Android Market search history to start fresh. There’s also a workaround that will allow you to wipe your download history.

    Fixing: Android Market Starting Download Freeze

    It is very frustrating if you try to download an app or game and suffer from a freeze. Occasionally the download simply won’t start properly or it will never complete. This guide will show you exactly how to troubleshoot the problem and get your downloads working again.

    Why Did Android Reduce the Market Return Policy?

    You used to get a full 24 hours to try out Android apps during which time you could get a full refund. That trial time was reduced to 15 minutes and this article takes a look at why.

    Android Market vs iPhone App Store

    This interesting article offers a comparison of the Android Market and the Apple App Store with a particular focus on developers. You’ll learn about the associated costs and the major differences between the two platforms. Find out about the pros and cons of both options.

    That’s it for our guide to apps and the Android Market. If you’ve got any questions then please post a comment.