You’ve just made yourself an amazing Android app and you’re all set to earn some cash from it. The most common route is probably to dole out $25 to get listed on Google Play. But is this really your only option? You should know that there are, in fact, a lot of great alternatives to the Google Play store, each with their own audience that can drive more downloads.

The following app stores are geared towards a much smaller audience, while some are more localized. Most of them don’t charge you for listing your app on their store, so it really pays off to publish your apps in several app stores. See what works for you best.

Enjoy!

Samsung Galaxy Apps

Samsung Galaxy Apps

Samsung is the largest manufacturer and provider of Android devices, and it also has its very own app store with the Samsung Galaxy Apps. The app store comes pre-installed on all Samsung Galaxy series devices and therefore has a large user base. The only downside to it is that it has a fairly small number of apps available at the moment, compared to the Google Play store. Keep your eyes peeled though, because the number of apps being added is constantly increasing by the day!

1Mobile

1Mobile

1Mobile’s market accepts free apps, but that doesn’t mean you should disregard it as an alternative to Google Play. Uploading apps is completely free of charge, but there’s an approval process for your app to pass through. This shouldn’t be an issue, as long as your app doesn’t contain malware.

1Mobile has over 100 million installs, with more than 800,000 apps listed. Users are offered recommendations based on their needs and preferences, which is great for discovering new apps.

Amazon Appstore

Amazon Appstore

The Amazon Appstore is one of Google’s toughest rivals. Amazon offers the Kindle Fire and, more recently, the Fire Phone, Android-powered devices that run a custom flavor of Android, Fire OS. Even with its custom OS, a large percentage of Android apps will run on Fire OS without any issues. If yours doesn’t, then it will probably only take a few tweaks to get it up and running.

You can also publish HTML5 and web apps on the app store. At present, it has more than 250,000 apps, and they even have a Free App of the Day feature.

Soc.io Mall

Soc.io Mall

Claiming to be the “Android Mall that Loves Developers”, Soc.io Mall offers high revenue share – 80/20 – and allows you to list your app for free. It has more than 10,000 apps, and the market isn’t just limited to apps, either. Here, you can purchase games, ebooks, and the offering will soon include music and videos. The number of active users isn’t as high as the other ones on this list, but competition is much lower.

F-Droid

F-Droid

F-Droid is host to free and open source apps. You can choose to download apps from the official website or through the official F-Droid app. The app will automatically update every app you’ve installed through F-Droid.

The platform is maintained by volunteers and is dependent on donations to pay the bills. Every app on their store has an Apache or GNU open source license. Apps that come with premium add-ons or ads are allowed, but are not displayed by default.