Google has limited app discovery in its Android Market store to Android-powered devices. That makes it hard for people who don’t own a phone, or who want something faster and bigger than a Droid screen, to search for and learn about apps.
AppStoreHQ has solved the problem with a browser-based Android directory at AppStoreHQ.com/android-apps. The directory works like AppStoreHQ’s iPhone directory.
AppStoreHQ founder Chris DeVore sent me this list of features:
- Keyword search and category browse for any app in Android Market.
- Web-based profile pages for each app that include price, description, screenshots and recent user feedback.
- Direct buy links for Android device users.
- For Web visitors, barcode-based buy links and an email-to-phone option.
- Easy social share actions for any Android app via Twitter, Facebook and email.
- “Hottest Apps” rankings based on worldwide Android app mentions on blogs and Twitter,with results updated several times a day.
Seattle-based AppStoreHQ is run by DeVore, and funded by Founder’s Co-op, also in Seattle. The company won Best Mobile Service Startup at VentureBeat’s MobileBeat 2009 conference.