Verizon to begin closing its app store for BlackBerry and Android in January

Verizon to begin closing its app store for BlackBerry and Android in January
Originally set up in 2010, VCast Apps, now known as Verizon Apps, served as an alternative place for subscribers to get applications. The problem was that most, if not all of the apps in Verizon Apps are also available in the BlackBerry App World and Google Play environments.

Verizon did some house cleaning with its app store last year and partnered with Chomp who has since been acquired by Apple. Verizon’s goal (along with other carriers) was to foster an environment where developers might create applications which were tailored to the carrier’s services. Indeed, Verizon has innovation centers in San Francisco and Massachusetts, AT&T has “foundries” in various parts of the country that also pursue the goal of engaging with developers.

Since all the smartphone platforms have their own market places to download apps, this move by Verizon is probably not a surprise. For those that used Verizon Apps, the carrier will begin removing the app from devices in January and expects the process to be complete by the end of March.

source: AllThingsD

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21 Comments

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

More amazing news as verizon seems to over due it when it comes to bloatware on there phones.....

5. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Agreed, I love Verizon but that VCast nonsense has been useless since they launched it; glad to see it go away.

2. androidornothing

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Its called rooting your phone and removing all crap that Verizon forces on sexy phones. My Verizon Galaxy S3 is running official touchwiz Jelly Bean and does not have a single Verizon app. Thank you developer community. Speaking on behalf of all Android homie users!!!

3. ghost7787

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

I honestly haven't met too many people that use carrier apps. Good riddance!

4. AndroidShiz

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

What?? You mean this amazing idea didn't take off? What's this girky plaid wearing underwear world coming to? Next thing you know we'll be denied all the awesome pre-loaded apps that we all have come to love and cherish. I want to live in a world were reviews of carrier apps are negative zero in the Playstore and still are forced into our phones dagnabit!

6. longhairbilly

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 23, 2010

Wait, Verizon has an app store? Ah, the perks of owning a Nexus.

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Finally. Vcast apps were pretty goddamn useless anyway. About the only two useful ones were backup assistant and vz navigator, and the latter is only useful if you don't have or don't know about Google Maps and Navigation.

8. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

Isn't it 2012? Anyone who doesn't know about Google Maps is completely lost anyway! Next, vzw should close their horrific customer service department. Just grab some random homeless dudes off the street and start from scratch. Shrug....couldn't be worse.

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Their customer service is actually pretty good. They're consistent in their policies and procedures, and at least I can f**king understand them and they me.

12. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, that's a good idea for them after dancing with T-Mobile for JD Power's best customer satisfaction awards for all these years...

10. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i think the only useful ones are My Verizon and Backup Assistant.

13. metalpoet unregistered

Yeah but myverizon is down half the time and sometimes will try and say that your number isnt even registered, and backup assistance was useful when it was just for contacts, now theyve expanded to other media and wants to charge for more memory, another way fro verizonto take my money for another 2 years simply because Verizon is the only thing that works in southern utah FML!

16. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i don't use My Verizon that much but when i do i don't have any problem with it and if you don't want Backup Assistant Plus opt out of it. it's not hard you know. it's a click on your "Change Features" page on the web or in the My Verizon app. quit whining, especially if the service is good for you.

11. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Wow about damn time ! Is all I can say

14. EXPLORER901

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

love Rhapsody

15. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

good riddance

17. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Gift 4 ma b'day from big red. Tnx a lot.

18. ReallyEhly

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Yeah, I need to say. I never understood the reasoning behind the VCAST Apps. I understand having your product be promoted and known but it truly was "bloatware." Just leave Backup Assistant.

19. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Now hopefully they'll get rid of back up assistant so it doesn't try to load every half hours..

20. ReallyEhly

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

You can just change that in the settings right?

21. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I wish. It will still prompt you for a password repeatedly. Only way I found to get rid of it is rooting the phone.

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