The interface is divided into the following tabs: Home, Top, Stores, Updates, Social Timeline, and a Download Manager. To start using Aptoide you first need to know how it works. The market includes tons of free apps available to download. To find a specific app, you just must write the name in the search bar, and choose the version that you want to download. Each app’s page includes technical information and a description written by the user that shared it. However, the most important thing to look at before downloading, is the comment and rating section of each app. Since you never know what you could be downloading, other people’s comments guide you whether to trust app you’re about to download. If don’t get any results for a search, remember you can go to the ‘Stores’ tab and access a list of apps that’s shared by the community, unofficially.
Browse the categories and find tools and games, discover endless new apps in the Top downloads section. Aptoide even lets you revert to older versions with its ‘rollback’ feature. This lets you roll back an update that you don’t like or doesn’t work well, as well as update it back in just seconds.
HOW SAFE IS USING THE OPEN SOURCED ALTERNATIVE ANDROID APP STORE
You would not be wrong to worry about safety in today’s world so here is a few security points laid out by the developer himself.
1.- Malware is something that we take very seriously. Currently, we have 3 different systems to detect the malware threads as they arrive to any Aptoide-powered App Store: – we run 3 different anti-virus in emulators in run-time – we have an in-house system of signatures to detect recurring threats – we have implemented a chain of trust based in the signature of the developer2.- The task of creating a safe environment to the end-user is a moving target. We are working with several Universities and Research centres and in a recent article (not yet published) we compare well with the other App Stores. We also proposed a European research project with 2 anti-virus companies and 3 universities / research centres to deal with this topic. And receiving feedback of the community is important.
3.- F-Droid is in fact very similar to Aptoide. They are a fork of Aptoide and they support all the concepts that Aptoide developed, like multiple stores. They have a more centralised approach and a central signature which if of course different from our approach.
4.- At Aptoide we have the “Trusted” stamp. Aptoide have 99.99% that the app will not contain a threat to the end-user.
Best, Paulo Trezentos (Aptoide co-founder)