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Aptoide is right, but wrong too

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James Fenn published a blog about Aptoide’s campaign against Google’s “anti-competitive behavior”.

It is definitely true that Google’s monopolistic practices were unfair, and Aptoide was right to take action against them.

However, Aptoide does not have a clean slate of its own. They use wrong statistics to prove their own position being a safe app marketplace and allow copyright infringements, because anyone can upload any app to their platform.

James has found some of it’s own apps on Aptoide too, which he hasn’t published there and found that they contain malware.

On a personal note, I’ve recently discovered several of my own apps being hosted on Aptoide without my knowledge, […].

Like James, I clearly recommend against using Aptoide but use F-Droid, which only publishes free software (free like free beer and free speech), which they inspect before and compile themselves, ensuring there is no proprietary, malicious or tracking software included.


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