Jailbreak apps is to iOS, as root apps is to Android! The users of Android have been offered more since the beginning, thanks to the OS being open source. The Android market doesn’t have strict guidelines like Apple’s App Store and anyone can submit an app there. But, sometimes, apps are removed for no apparent reason from the Android market too.
The idea of a root App Store for Android users sounds exciting, something like Cydia for iOS. Of course, you would need to have a rooted Android device to install root apps. This App Store will not be affiliated to Google and thus include root apps, Custom ROMS and banned or removed apps from the Android market. This news comes from Koushik Dutta, a member of the CyanogenMod team, who recently wrote about it on his Google+ page.
I’ve been bouncing this idea around for a while now, and it seems like an even better idea now, given my recent brush with this problem: we need an App Store for root apps. We also need an app store for apps that are getting shut down for no good reason, other than carrier, or some random corporation doesn’t like it.
A one stop App Store consisting of root apps, ROMS and other banned/removed apps does sound interesting and will help users looking to customize their Android devices. We have no idea when the work would actually start, but Android users will soon be getting a Cydia like App Store for sure.