I recently came across a Lifehacker article on AppBrain, one of the alternative Android app organizers/installers (article here). I actually changed recently from the Android Marketplace to AppBrain as well. First and foremost, imagine Apple having multiple App stores. We do have an iPod Touch, so I have browsed through the iTunes Store, and I must say, I would appreciate a more organized store. Unfortunately with Fort Jobs in charge of Apple, you will never see something like that. Fortunately, Android allows for multiple markets, with a lot of discussion recently about other phone carriers starting their own stores.
The Android Marketplace itself is fine. I really never experienced any problems with it. What I do like, though, is just the organization of AppBrain. With Android clocking in with over 100,000 apps now, going through all these apps can be a chore. That’s why I like AppBrain’s desktop interface (http://www.appbrain.com/). Whereas the Android Marketplace just highlights top apps, you can search through all apps on AppBrain. Using the desktop interface is much easier, as you can imagine. They also have the Fast Web Installer app that allows you to directly load apps from the browser.
I like AppBrain for a lot of reasons, as it just totally understands my work flow. On the Android app, you have a way to manage your apps, download the apps, and search through the apps easily. Again, the Android Marketplace works as well, and for many, that will probably be the only market they need, but for me, AppBrain makes managing/syncing/installing my apps much easier for my learning style. When you get right down to it, as educators, I think that’s why Open Source works. We constantly try to meet various learning styles, and when you think about it, that’s what open source does. If you cannot fully grasp it this way, let us present you 3 or 4 more options.