Google, Apple and Microsoft all have their own App (application) Stores… Google has Play, Apple has their App Store and Microsoft has the Windows App Store. Wow, they put a lot of thought into those names didn’t they? While many applications are free, some do have a charge. The purpose of these stores are to ensure that you are downloading a “safe” application to your phone. They all three check apps that are published to ensure they are not malicious and crash your phone.
They also gain control by you downloading the app from their stores. They can (and do) monitor usage and downloads to rank developers. The CMD Group does and will make apps available from the stores, but you do not HAVE to use a store to download. We will be making our Android and Windows application available on our website TheCMDGroup.org/android-app-development/ so users do not HAVE to download from the stores. And, yes… The Apple application is not available from our website. Why you ask? Because Apple will not allow applications to be served except from their store. Yes, they seem to be a little controlling huh? They also charge 10x more to be a developer too. But, that is another discussion.
Again, some people have issues in downloading apps to their Android phone getting an error saying “For Security, your device is set to block installation of applications not obtained from Android Market“. This is a simple setting (go to settings, and choose Unknown Sources and “Allow installation of non-Market apps”) to just keep you from downloading malicious applications. Our apps downloaded from our site are the same versions as what is available from the stores. If you don’t want to download from our site, then get our apps from the stores. Either way, we appreciate you using our apps.
And, please… Provide feedback, rate our applications and provide support! We can use it to help better develop apps for the future.
Be safe and be blessed!