5 Search Engines to Find and Download Free Mobile Apps

Saikat Basu 08-09-2010

If one half of our day is spent on the browser, you can be sure that the other is spent on the mobile phone. Mobile apps are the ‘new’ web. Today, we are using them to do nearly everything; from watching out for a sunny day to taking the latest stock quotes. But how do you download the mobile apps you need?


Maybe you go to the app stores of your operator’s website or the handset manufacturer’s. Or to any of the other websites 10 Websites For Free Mobile Phone Ringtones & Other Mobile Downloads Read More that index and keep free mobile apps for Windows Top 3 Sites To Download Windows Mobile 6 Freeware Read More , Android 6 Informative Android Sites You Should Bookmark Today Knowing everything about Android can be tough. These informative Android websites are worth a bookmark for any Android lover. Read More , Symbian 5 Must-Have Apps for Your Symbian S60 Touch Mobile Phone Read More , and the iPhone.

What’s missing in all of this is a search engine that can help us carry out a quick click and download job.

A search engine for mobile apps is increasingly a necessity because the whole mobile scene is splintered with different operating systems and types of devices. A search engine is just the right tool that can help us connect to mobile content, mobile downloads, and mobile apps from one search box.

So if you are in front of your browser, add the following five mobile search tools to your hunt party.


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They know a thing or two about search because the guys behind it also ran the music search and recommendation engine SeeqPod (now inactive). The same proprietary search technology is now on Mimvi. The mobile apps search engine covers iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and web apps.

The site is still new so apps search for iPad, Windows and Nokia phones are still being worked on. Enter your keyword (e.g. “˜weather’ or “˜friends’) and you get results tagged by an icon for the right platform. Use the keyword “˜free’ or “˜freeware’ for free mobile apps. You can dive deeper by clicking on the “˜People who searched this item also searched”¦‘ link.

Mimvi also has platform specific search pages for Apple, Android, and one for Games.

App Explorer

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Advertisement is a handy alternative to iTunes search. You can search for iPhone, iPad, or iPod specific apps and filter them by category, price, or user rating. You can further sort the search results by price, popularity, rating, or newest apps first. As soon as you type in your search query, you will get a dropdown with auto-suggestions. The suggested apps also have the price mentioned.

The app specific page gives out a lot of useful info on the app. A very useful feature is the price alert which lets you watch for dropping prices or special offers. You can share your favorite apps with your friends or keep the desired ones on your wish list. The appstore search engine makes it convenient if you can’t access iTunes.


mobile phone apps is a new search engine that converges on iPhone & iPod Touch applications. It is similar to the previous mobile search engine. For your search results, you can get to the right app by using the filters on the left of the page. A star rating system and recommendations (Facebook login required) help to get the better ones.



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To term AppStoreHQ as just a search engine would be wrong. It offers a lot more as it taps into the leading tech and iPhone blogs and Twitter to get the entire buzz on iPhone, iPad and Android apps. It calculates the “˜hotness’ of a particular app by tracking mentions of it on the blogosphere and Twitter. It is this carefully cultivated index of mobile apps you can search through for the download.

For iTunes, all apps in the U.S. App Store, rated by Hottest are listed on top. Each app comes with lot of details on its own page like reviews and social mentions.  The lists that are worth checking out are Hottest, and the Hottest on Twitter.

Google Search for Mobile

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If you are in the U.S, you can search for iPhone and Android apps from your mobile browser using Google. The Google Search for Mobile displays special links and content at the top of the search results which point to the app’s Android Market or iPhone App Store page. The results will appear when your search relates to a mobile app and relevant, well-rated apps are found. The Google Mobile blog says that other platforms and devices will slowly be included in the search results.

Mobile app downloads are leapfrogging ahead as devices get more sophisticated. These handy mobile app search engines are just a few more tools to keep up.

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  1. Salladin
    October 4, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    It's a nice list no doubt but i would be much happier with one place with international tariff plans put together so there's no need to search on your own. I've done some research and found this site - [Broken URL Removed] From O2 to T-Mobile, you can compare almost every popular tariff. It helps a lot in my opinion.

  2. James Godwin
    September 9, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks for the list, very useful to know :)

  3. Kafeine
    September 9, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Nice list...but didn't found my android application typing his exact name on Mimvi, App Explorer and Uquery...
    Only AppStoreHQ was able to find it... (didn't try on Google Search for mob)

  4. Kafeine
    September 9, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Nice list...but didn't found my android application typing his exact name on Mimvi, App Explorer and Uquery...
    Only AppStoreHQ was able to find it... (didn't try on Google Search for mob)

    • Saikat Basu
      September 10, 2010 at 7:16 am

      Search engines are all about indexing. I guess, mobile app search engines are still relatively new because I couldn't find many players in this niche. I wonder why, when this is such a booming sector and you have search engines for practically everything else.

  5. Black Friday Deals
    September 9, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    wow. it's an awesome list in here. Im only using google search for mobile. i dont have any idea of the other four. thank you for this post