What Alternatives Are There to the Google Play Store?

Curious about alternatives to the Google Play Store (formerly the Android Market) for reading app reviews and downloading content? Read on as we explore some of the alternatives.

Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of Android Enthusiasts—a subdivision of Stack Exchange, a community-driven grouping of Q&A web sites.

Android Enthusiasts reader Captain Toad is curious about alternatives to the Google Play Store (aka Android Market):

So where else can shoppers go?

Android Enthusiasts contributor Stefano offers not only a long list of alternative markets but what’s interesting about each of them:

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