If AppStore is for iPhone, GetJar is for Nokia/Sony Erricson/LG/Motorola/Samsung…

… even Blackberry, and more. Where to download mobile applications for Nokia, Sony Erricson, Samsung, Motorola, Siemens, and other? GetJar is an independent market place for different mobile applications for different mobile brands — from Nokia to ZTE. You can check GetJar’s website for the list of mobile phone unit models and manufacturers they have application for.

It was iPhone which made downloading mobile applications popular with the built-in AppStore in the device. Before that, we most probably just knew ring tones and wallpapers to download. So a lot of us thought that only iPhones can have the cool mobile applications, that only Blackberry and iPhone have downloadable third-party twitter applications. But downloadable mobile applications already existed a long time ago, years before iPhone came to exist. iPhone was launch on 2007, GetJar already existed way back 2004.


GetJar was founded by Ilja Laurs in 2004 in Lithuania. GetJar started serving the mobile application developers then later also the consumers. It was originally created to provide mobile app developers a place to beta-test their applications. Then, became also a market place for consumers who wish to download mobile applications.

Based on the About Us page of their website, they have:

Total applications: 57, 255

Total downloads: 300 million

Total Number of Supported Devices: 1,761

You can download mobile applications from GetJar, via your mobile phone.

1. Simply go to your mobile web browser, then enter http://www.getjar.com or m.getjar.com/mobile in the URL field.

mobile browser

2. GetJar will automatically detect what mobile phone unit you are browsing from. This way, they will only display mobile applications that are compatible to your mobile unit.

GetJar mobile website

3. Then, simply navigate yourself around the mobile website, and download and install the applications that fancy you straight to your mobile phone.

In your computer — desktop, laptop, netbook — you can go to http://getjar.com, and browse different mobile applications. The website will let you filter the applications to be displayed that are compatible to your mobile unit by selecting the correct phone type.

GetJar website

You can also go to the Compatible Phones section in the application page to see a list of compatible mobile phone models for that specific app.

Compatible Phones List

I have been using GetJar for some time already, and downloading is really fast (faster compared to downloading in iPod touch. Of course, it is because iPhone apps are heavy in graphics.). But I guess it also depends on your internet connection. You can find here some reviews I made on twitter applications I downloaded from GetJar.

For me, fring is a must download application from GetJar. The Symbian OS fring version is wayyyy better than the iPhone/iPod touch application. My point here is that mobile apps for other mobile brands are not necessarily inferior to the iPhone apps.

Happy stuffing your mobile with downloads from GetJar!

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