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Verizon may be getting ready to have another go at its own app store or distribution

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Verizon may be getting ready to have another go at its own app store or distribution
Are you a Verizon customer and remember when the carrier had its own app store? It was initially called V-Cast and was later renamed Verizon Apps. It had its hey-day before iTunes and Google Play changed the world.  The tiny store that was Verizon Apps faded away, unable to compete with the cross carrier access that the mobile platform marketplaces provided.

A report from The Information noted a number of anonymous sources that Verizon was going to get back into the game with a new app store of sorts.

Verizon immediately denied it was doing any such thing, “been there, done that.”  However, Amir Efrati, who wrote the initial story called Verizon to task saying it was playing a semantics game. He contends that Big Red is not pursuing an app store in the traditional sense, but a cross platform app distribution channel while will incorporate a variety of “partners.”

While it looks a bit like a "he said, she said," we are certain that Verizon is not interested in resurrecting an “app store” in the classic sense as it would have no chance in competing with Google Play, iTunes, Windows Phone Store, or even BlackBerry World.

source: PCMag

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posted on 24 Aug 2014, 21:17

1. Jinto (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)

NO! that is very anti-consumerist

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 21:31 1

2. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Bloatwares, why would any one want this on their gear.

Who's the partners, Wal Mart?

Can these services not be procured without a carrier being involved?


posted on 24 Aug 2014, 21:54

3. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Android needs a third-party app store, one that is free from Google. But Verizon is not the company to provide it.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 22:59

4. JC557 (Posts: 1794; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

They are definitely not the company for that. I mean, yeah, Vcast was okay back in the flip phone days for ringtones and simple games but nowadays I see their VCAST anything as useless and overpriced bloat. If they have plenty of free or ad supported stuff then maybe but not likely.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 01:04

6. Gawain (Posts: 426; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)

While there isn't a single "store" per se, there are a lot of apps that can be had directly from developers and smaller stores of sorts. If you trust the sources, there are plenty of options.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 23:37

5. Suspiro (Posts: 26; Member since: 24 Aug 2014)

They're waiting to make sure that the name they've picked is not another terrorist organization.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 01:06

7. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Am I the only one who finds it funny how soon this article came after the news about China developing its own OS? Both Verizon and China are doing their thing for the same basic reasons. :D

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 08:35

8. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 356; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)

Bruh, nobody wants this ish.

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