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Old 11-22-2011, 10:30 AM   #1
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The Markets thread

It seems like some people still have problems to find apps. So I just wanted to give a few links here to alternative markets for the Kobo Vox.
Let's try to keep this thread clean - with markets that only provide their own apps without sending you to the actual Android Market (that we don't have) or websites that do piracy.
You might want to open these links directly on your Kobo, you will be able to install them directly.
Using markets instead of sideloading them from murky places also keeps us from privacy and stability issues and piracy.

Markets that come as apps themselves - makes it easy to bulk update apps within Android:

Markets that are webpages which you can open directly on your Android browser:
  • Of course, the preinstalled GetJar market. GetJar precedes Android by pratically ages, was notorious for the Symbian platform.
  • http://androiddev.orkitra.com/download/apps/ - very slow, but very complete - seems to use the real market as backend. No commercial apps (sends to the Market).
  • Handango: http://www.handango.com/ - similar to GetJar, coming from the Palm platform.
  • Opera: http://mobilestore.opera.com/ - If you have Opera installed, you can access it on the first page when you open the browser.

What doesn't work:
  • AppsLIb - as of 24/11/2011, says it cannot be installed. Became popular with the Archos devices.

I only miss the official Market for the two apps that I have actually purchased. Of course, I won't buy there again, but at one of the above listed locations.

Individual apps:
Overdrive: get it directly from http://overdrive.com/Software/omc/ - if you already use Aldiko, you don't need Overdrive if you only want books - enter your Adobe ID in Aldiko, and set up the URL of your library (usually [library].lib.overdrive.com) as a catalogue. Continue as always.

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Old 11-23-2011, 02:09 AM   #2
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Thanks Hieronymos,

I knew about most of those but the Android Pitt was new. Looks interesting.

I just purchased an app from SlideMe. It's a pain you have to use their market app to download but everything went fine.

I have not been impressed with GetJar. Almost none of the apps I am looking for are available and if they are, it's an older version. Also very poor to navigate and search I find.

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Old 11-23-2011, 04:58 AM   #3
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handango.com is a good source for both free and paid apps. No piracy and 100% legit. They don't have everything, by any means, but if you really want to buy and pay for something like quick office pro, this is a place to get it. You can download the apps to your computer.
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Old 11-23-2011, 08:25 AM   #4
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I just noticed that Opera has an app market as well (http://mobilestore.opera.com/) - doesn't seem to be terribly complete, but at least something for those who need only one or two things.
As device, you can just choose one of the Archos A70.

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Old 11-23-2011, 09:55 AM   #5
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WOW.. I remember them from back in the days of my various Palm devices... I had some Sony Cleo's, and various models of the Palm, culminating in the TX (which still sits by my bed as one of my alarm clocks; permanently attached to a USB charger).
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WOW.. I remember them from back in the days of my various Palm devices...
A week or so ago, I remembered them, for the same reason, so I decided to take a look. I was amongst the people who shelled out $300 for the PalmPilot 1000 in 1996. It had a touch screen! I was using my TX daily until about three years ago--and read eBooks on it, too. It still lives on in a friend's house.
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I read a lot on mine too! With my eye problems I found early on that a Palm was a good (albeit basic) eReader.
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I still carry a Palm TX. With several books loaded just in case I have some waiting time somewhere. But then I don't have a smart phone.
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Another TX user here. I have an app called Aeroplayer and a set of great light headphones for listening to music. However. I paid $350 for it just a couple of years ago to replace a dead E2. I'm hoping the Vox will replace it eventually but you can't beat the Palm for syncing your calendar and notes.

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Another TX user here. I have an app called Aeroplayer and a set of great light headphones for listening to music. However. I paid $350 for it just a couple of years ago to replace a dead E2. I'm hoping the Vox will replace it eventually but you can't beat the Palm for syncing your calendar and notes.

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Only issue becomes as you move to newer Microsoft operating systems, the USB driver will not install. I used the TCP/IP means of syncing for a long time, till the battery life of the TX got too bad
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