ConsejosBajarApps1There are certain precautions to take before downloading any software onto a device, and this remains true when it comes to downloading games or other apps onto your BQ.

The first thing you should know is that if your device is a few years old, it might not be adapted to the newest apps. Luckily, Google Play tells you which of the devices linked to your Google account are compatible with each application.

In addition to this there are various things you should bear in mind before downloading an app. Let’s take a look.

PEGI classifications

Have you ever noticed the “PEGI” symbols included in the app information for certain apps?

Do you know what they mean? PEGI stands for Pan European Game Information. It is an age classification system for computer games and entertainment apps, similar to the one used for films.

Created by the ISFE (Interactive Software Federation of Europe), it is backed by the main games console manufacturers and game developers, and is used throughout Europe. There are five PEGI categories: 3, 7, 12, 16 and 18. The official website contains a detailed explanation of what each classification means.

There’s no such things as a free lunch

I could simplify things by saying that there are free apps and there are paid apps, but in reality it is a little more complex than that. I would divide apps into three categories:

  • Totally free apps: These apps are free to download and don’t require any payments down the line. Some of these apps do have ads, which can be annoying in extreme cases. For example, a child could accidentally click one and unintentiaolly download another app.
  • Free apps with integrated purchases: These apps are very common, especially when it comes to games. They usually let you access certain elements for free, but you’ll have to pay to unlock some features. Also common are games which require no payments but offer purchases which let you advance more quickly or give you some sort of advantage. They are sometimes known as freemium apps.
  • Paid apps: With these apps you simply pay the asking price and then enjoy them as you wish.
Tokens available for purchase in Top Eleven 2016

Tokens available for purchase in Top Eleven 2016

Only download from an app store you trust

Of course the Google Play Store is not the only app store out there, but do take the following into account when looking at alternative app stores. First of all, when it comes to paid apps, the proper thing to do is pay the specified price. If you find a pirated version of the app in an alternative store, you risk accidentally downloading malicious software onto your device.

Some applications can be downloaded straight from the developer’s website. There are also trusted stores for Android apps, such as the Amazon AppStore. If you’re looking for something alternative, but still kosher, F-Droid, which we mentioned on this blog, is an alternative market with 100% open source apps.

I want that app free, no matter what!

There are legal ways to get paid apps for free, two of which come from Google. In Google Play you will find an app called Google Opinion Rewards which regularly sends you small surveys to carry out. You are then rewarded with credit to spend in the Play store.

Price: Free

The Play Store also offers a Deal of the Week, a free or greatly reduced app.

The Deal of the Week in the Play Store.

The Deal of the Week in the Play Store.

The Amazon app store contains a rotating selection of free apps: Amazon Underground. Sometimes free in-app purchases are offered.

Another option are applications which give you other apps for free, which we mentioned in this article. I tried out another app, MyAppFree. This app lets you download a paid app for free every day. It also offers discounts on other apps.

I hope you’ve found these tips useful. It really is important to take precautions when it comes to downloading software onto your device. Security is paramount.

Javier de Ríos (known as javiR on MyBQ) maintains several of his own blogs on literature, including La viga en mi ojo (http://lavigaenmiojo.com/), a publication focused on culture, literarature, e-books and the internet, with a section dedicated to literary contests and resources for writers. He collaborates as a blogger and social network strategist for literature-related organisations such as publishers and writing schools. He has published one book so far, a collection of short stories.