Hailing the continuous effort by Google to make Playstore the only place to play with android apps, now Opera mobile store points android app links to Google Play. It seems Android is going to be proprietary of Google from a open source platform slowly. Change of rules day by day have already made it harder for ad networks and developers to sustain in Google android platform.
Opera had an independent app store for Android apps. A developer could upload apps which are not listed in Playstore. Now, that feature has gone. Literary, it is now an ‘Index’ store for apps in Google play! These type of app store are already there for many years. One such store is Androidpit.
What Opera says about the change? Hear it from them itself:
Opera Mobile Store is taking this action to better comply with Google’s developer license and improve developer’s statistical performance. Google’s developer license requires that all Android apps deliver APK’s to Android devices through Google Play. This change is expected to deliver better conversion to install rates for developers. Google Play supports delayed downloads over Wifi networks, installing your app after the download is completed. Many devices are configured to warn users when they try to install an app from third party sources.
So, it is just a sign of surrendering to a store which wants that no other market sustain in the competition. Just to be noted that Amazon app store app is de-listed in Google Play.
Who knows one day will come when you will have to ‘Jailbreak’ your android device to install an app which is not listed in Google Play!