Verizon confirms VCAST App store for handsets using Android 2.2
Unlike apps purchased in the Android Market which can be portable from carrier to carrier, Verizon's apps are an attempt to lock a user into Big Red. If you have spent a lot of money for apps purchased from the VCAST store, you might think twice about switching carriers. One benefit for the user is that app purchases can get charged to the users monthly invoice. Verizon claims that its store will also offer a curated model.
During the conference, Verizon said that it would approve apps quickly, and would give developers new API's and tools to work with. And rather than being a companion store for the Android Market, the VCAST App store will be competition for Google. But make no mistake about it, Google and Verizon have two separate goals; Google is trying to keep you buying Android phones while Verizon wants you to continue using its pipeline.
1. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
how is it competition for google? you still need an Android phone to get it. all that Verizon is projecting is keeping customers using their Android phones.
2. lolipopjones (Posts: 51; Member since: 21 Jun 2009)
I would not be surprised if they eventually remove the Android Market from their Droid line up forcing upon their customers their expensive crap apps.
3. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
Verizon is always trying to wedge themeselves into power. Look at their basic phones, all the phones have the Verizon UI. I'm suprised there wasn't a lawsuit on that one. I like Verizon for their network, but that's pretty much it. Their phones are junk, Android sucks IMO, they don't have the iPhone, 3G is slow where I live. This is just my experience.
4. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)
the iPhone is junk also.. so what are you saying?
12. derp (unregistered)
i dont like the iphone, but its hell of alot better than a droid.
5. am0795 (unregistered)
I love how all of you say like that like this is crap and verizon dont interfere, and see apple doesn't do this...The fact is yes the android market is finally getting good, but id rather be able to put the charge to the bill and have amazing apps...which is finally like what 10 have just come out on the android market...fruit ninja, tank 3d, galcon?.....so....i say let it be!
6. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)
This is vz trying to make money, which is the point of a business. But, it is also verizon trying to take over and control things. Many of you crap on apple for that reason but it seems to be ok for verizon to do it? Verizon apps are already way over priced and I dont see that changing with the vcast app store.
13. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
And I will continue to crap on Apple because the only place to get apps on the iPhone is from THE App Store...as in one place only, unless you jailbreak it and void the warranty. "And rather than being a companion store for the Android Market, the VCAST App store will be competition for Google." Isn't this what we all wanted all along anyway? COMPETITION? Competition KEEPS THINGS CHEAP! You can't "take over and control things" in a competitive marketplace...If you don't like VZW or competition, pack your sh*t and bounce. "But make no mistake about it, Google and Verizon have two separate goals; Google is trying to keep you buying Android phones while Verizon wants you to continue using its pipeline." And what company doesn't want to keep you as a customer? Besides Sprint, who will willingly cancel a customers service in the event of consistant overages...
7. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)
if i am forced to use the vcast junk, i will switch carriers REAL fast. i bet you anything they wont have free apps at all. if they do this, hopefully android has the go-nads to say NO, you cant do that, and if you do, we wont allow you to sell our phones.. it would be the down fall of "big red" and that would happen about as quick as i would have a T-mobile phone in my hands.. the very same day.
8. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)
Greg Haller, was quoted as saying, "Some have asked – Verizon, what are you thinking? Is there really a need for another store? We think so." lousy republican talking right there! all it is.. is to line the pockets of verizon.. which tells me that the company is hurting for money in some way. makes me think they may be in danger of going under.. just like when Gateway computers.. used to be only available for online sales and such.. then all of a sudden.. they had gateway stores.. and now they are GONZO! coincidently, the main verizon store here is located in the location that the gateway store was..
14. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
So you think the #1 wireless operator in the country is hurting for money? Look at sales figures buddy...Don't get us confused with ATT.
9. Phonatic (Posts: 27; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)
I'm not sure why it's such a problem, at least as it's been stated. Verizon wants to make money and they know apps are a great place to do it. So far they haven't said anything about yanking the Android Market or limiting it in any way, just that they are going to open their own marketplace. I love the idea of apps being put directly on my bill rather than having to charge it separately, but currently I wouldn't touch a vcast app witha 10 foot pole. Verizon, great for service, kinda "eh" with everything else. But if they do try to force customers in anyway to purchase vcast apps, I'm gone. Early termination be damned. I also don't see Google seeing this as any kind of a threat to Andriod.
10. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)
it wont be an issue what so ever, as long as i can still use the android market place as it is now, in conjunction with the Vcast market, not as a merge together, but to be able to access both of them. android/google/lynux all together as one here.. again, i hope that if verizon does this, google/android says "hey guess what, you either leave our market place in there or we wont allow you to sell phones with our OS." if that happened, and verizon said sionara to them, they would have nothing going for them. if it wasnt for android phones, they would already be circling the drain.
15. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
With the success Android has brought to VZW, I seriously doubt VZW would make such an outrageous demand.
11. lvelazq1 (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)
Apple lets the developer set the price for the application, so the developer wants to give it away for free they can or if they want to charge $500 for an app they can and every now and then they throw out a special and have an app that was $6.99 for $0.99. When you have Verizon controlling it they will want to take more profits and over price the app and start charging subscription fees for apps.
16. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
You must have signed up to be a developer for the VCast app store seeing as you already know how the pricing structure works...or have you just reversed your digestive tract and now sh*t comes out the mouth?
17. jskrenes (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
On the one hand, this could be a bad thing: Verizon might want to try to push the Android Market off of the phones. On the other hand, with more and more people moving to smartphones, Verizon is losing money on their content usually reserved for multimedia phones like VCAST Video on Demand, NFL Mobile, etc. I don't think there's a huge market for people wanting those services on smartphones, but hey, why not.
18. nessihimself (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Sep 2010)
I don't really see what the problem is. Blackberry has already has the VCast App Store- as well as BB AppWorld and Crackberry's Superstore, in addition to however many apps individual websites offer. Just another medium to get more content out.
19. Mike (unregistered)
I don't think google has much to worry about. Even if VW blocked google apps, how many of us know how to download and install them by PC. Not as easy but would still work.