Verizon to start preloading Playphone's "Games Portal" on Android devices

Verizon to start preloading Playphone's
Verizon wants to fill a gap in the Android ecosystem and offer a gaming social network for the platform, and with that in mind, the carrier is planning to start bloating preloading Android devices with Playphone's "Games Portal", which is a combination app store and gaming social network. It's not totally confirmed, but it sounds like the plan is to start bloating preloading devices in Q2 of this year.

Playphone's "Game Portal" will be completely separate from the Google Play Store. Playphone claims this is a good idea because the store will offer direct carrier billing with Verizon. Of course, the Google Play Store offers the same thing, so we're not sure how it will benefit users to have a separate game store. Playphone is also saying that Verizon's "massive distribution network and marketing muscle" will be good for game developers. We can't argue that, but it still doesn't give a reason why users would want to split their money between this store and Google Play. 

Still, Android does need a gaming social network similar to Apple's Game Center, and this may be the best option, because none of the current options like Scoreloop or Swarm only get visibility through the games that are connected. Verizon has big marketing muscles. And, the carrier loves to bloat add value to its devices.

source: Playphone via The Verge



1. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

As long as its something I can remove then great BUT knowing Verizon they will block your ability to hide just like they did with the Thunderbolt. Verizon when will you realize that no one wants your crappy apps seeing as they never work properly.

2. Kallistos

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Awesome! Moar bloatware please! Verizon, while you are at it, why don't you rewrite the Android OS yourselves?

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Yep, bloatware is the single greatest complaint I have with VZW. Once, they sent me a customer satisfaction survey.... Guess which item I mentioned as the worst part of their service? Haven't received another customer satisfaction survey since that response.

4. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

No Verizon, please don't.

5. rb68

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 23, 2010

Verizon crappy bloatware ftw! That company will never change.

6. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Oh yay, another app to disable

7. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Ok, am I missing something? Game Center on iOS isn't considered bloat, but this is? Cuz I hear many pro Apple, iPhone, iOS folks say the iPhone has no bloat ware.

8. Kallistos

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I am neither pro nor anti Apple and I will tell you this: you are missing something. Game Center is 'made' by Apple. When you understand what bloatware is, you will know that Game Center is not bloatware. Sprint ID, Verizon Playphone, HP Media Center == bloatware. Gmail, Safari, Xbox Live != bloatware.

16. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Motorola software, Samsung software, HTC software pre installed on the called bloatware by many. Smart Action, S Voice, Blink Feed, etc. Many ppl use Smart Actions. I stopped, didnt want to any more. Reading some definitions of come ppl want Game Center, but not this? I see one definition as unwanted software pre installed on devices. Some might want this on their Android phone Its just a double standard, or some ppl just dont know...

17. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

When Moto had Zumo Cast, Moto cast....that was called bloat ware by many. Maybe some ppl have a different view of whats bloat and whats not. Cuz I miss Zumo Cast/Moto cast and dont care for Smart Actions anymore.

13. NateAdam8

Posts: 437; Member since: Feb 17, 2012


14. MartianMe unregistered

Facccccccccc ........verizon..

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