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DROID Incredible First to get VCAST App Store? (Updated)

We just posted news of a Droid Incredible update that should start at any time and failed to realize a major addition that will come with it.  The VCAST App store will apparently make its debut.  Normally I ignore anything with the word “VCAST” in it and I’m using that as my excuse, but this is pretty big news.

Update:  Verizon has released a statement confirming the VCAST app store and the Incredible as the first device to see it.  The update will start rolling out next week…(via Phandroid)

“Verizon Wireless will begin pushing a software update to the DROID Incredible next week. The update includes software enhancements that will pre-install V CAST Apps on the phone. We said earlier this year that we’d be expanding V CAST Apps to the Android platform, and the DROID Incredible is the first Android phone with the store. Developers continue to submit apps, and as a reminder, V CAST Apps allows carrier billing, so customers who purchase applications through our store will see those charges on their monthly bill. For more information about the update customers can go to www.verizonwireless.com/droidincrediblesupport.”

Verizon announced this new app store a couple of months back and there were rumors suggesting it would be out by the end of the year, but did anyone expect it before Thanksgiving?  For those not sure exactly what the point of this VCAST app store is, just understand that it will be a separate market for you to buy and download apps from.  The selling point here is that you can bill those purchases straight to your Verizon account and pay them all off at the end of each billing cycle.

I guess they found some developers.  This is interesting stuff…

Cheers MOTOX for pointing it out!

  • dale&dinc

    does this update fight against rooting? I got the update several HOURS before I decided to root.

  • Rizzidy

    I thought it was already integrated with the Android Market. What is that “Verizon” tab for at the top then?

  • Game4set

    I really hope this V CAST app store crashes a burbs in hell. It's just Verizon's way of trying to get into the money flow system that's being provided by Android. I can only see this as causing “fragmentation” as an app might be on the V CAST store and not in the Android market. Besides I wouldn't want to go to multiple app stores every once in a while to check for updates, search apps, etc. I want a one quick stop place where I can find anything, not multiple stops. Hopefully there isn't much support for it and it fails misserably. Good game Verizon but we don't need anymore of your crapware.

    • http://twitter.com/Game4set Jonathan

      *and burns

  • Port

    Non-news posts like this is why I am tending away from Droid Life. VCast, a portal I avoided even when I had a dumbphone. The Market says what.

    • Michael_NM

      Commenting on “non-news” like this seems a bit hypocritical… just saying. As always you're free to “port” yourself somewhere else… :-)

      For me, I LOVE all of the tidbits of info I get here! Dr. Droid for President 2010! :)

      • Mrpicolas

        was gonna say it myself but well put

    • Mrpicolas

      we try to keep you informed of every droid related item on the planet if youd rather us not we all could use a day off. So who wants us to take the day off????

  • http://twitter.com/bfuleky Brian Fuleky

    Does this mean they are going to make every app on there pay per month like they did with most V-Crap? Or a yearly access fee?

  • EC8CH

    VCAST should have died with the feature phone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000723233001 Michael Welborn

      I agree completely!

      Thankfully, with rooting, that will never touch my phone again.

  • Rob_P

    I may be misunderstanding. Is it like the Moto Droid where there's a VCast tab in the Market app or are they forcing apps on to peoples desktops? If the latter, that sucks.

  • InvaderDJ

    I thought it was actually some VCast apps rather than just the App Store. Still Incredibly (did you see what I did there) pointless but one icon is easy to ignore.

  • http://twitter.com/UFSanity Curtis

    This might be the push I need to try another ROM… there's too much crapware on my phone already, I don't need another app store that I will never open.

  • DeliMan

    *barf*

    • incredible with MIUI

      i'm having a gmail sync issue too. Deletions on the phone aren't showing up on the web. Not sure what's going on?

  • Muddy B00ts

    sweet, I was just wondering “how am I gonna get all that bloatware on my phone? My OG Droid has been left out”. Now I can!!!!! :D:D:D:D:D

    Off topic- has anybody else had a problem with gmail not syncing lately? I can force sync it, but it won't do it automatically. I've wiped cache- no dice, wiped data/factory reset- nada. I'm wondering if the problem is on Google's end?

    • http://openid-provider.appspot.com/sbcale sbcale

      Same here, I have the X and got no email notifications last night, come in to work today with 11 emails that weren't delivered to my phone. I hope it is fixed soon!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000723233001 Michael Welborn

        I had that too; I think the cloud services were down for maintenance. It appears to be working now, tho.

      • Muddy B00ts

        I've got a temporary fix, I have no idea why it works but I just put my GMAIL info into the stock EMAIL app and it works well enough for now. I like the Gmail app better though, hope it's fixed soon.

  • Bigplayer215

    Install the leak and See ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Will-Gilman/583413042 Will Gilman

      where's the leak?

  • Michael_NM

    VCRAPST: Verizon Creates Ridiculous App Store Today.

    Big Red already gets enough of my Big Green! -10 VZ

    • Muddy B00ts

      Big Red= crappy gum
      Big Green= Awesome 1995 Soccer Movie :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000723233001 Michael Welborn

      Big Red used Mandatory System App Updates

      Root countered with su; rm /system/app/com.vzw.*

      IT'S SUPER EFFECTIVE!

  • NorCalGuy

    Haha suckers more junk to waste space on your phones

  • Michael

    who cares! VCAST is a joke!

  • droidrev71

    Going out of order? Dx is next?

  • Droid

    Just wondering, whats different between this and the Verizon tab option from the Android Market right now? DX.

    • BigDaddy2351985

      Google decides how apps are payed for in the Android Market. VCAST(Verizon) Market, verizon will decide on how to bill the apps in which they are letting you bill it to your account. Im assuming amazon market will probably have a paypal option. Did this answer your question.

      • Droid

        So its just the way you pay, not access to apps that aren't displayed there now? If so, yep, thanks for the info.

        • Michael_NM

          Think of it this way. VZ thinks we're stupid. VZ wants our money. VZ knows it can get more money from stupid people. VCRAPST app store is born. The upside? VZ Navigator will now be easier to find… /sarcasm

          • Anonymous

            Off the subject a bit but if you guys want a good laugh today go to google maps / get directions. Put in Japan as start, China as end and read #43.

          • Seattle.1

            Thanks, this just made my day!!!

          • Lasteve11

            That’s hilarious!

          • Droid

            Gotcha. And that's the one I still can't figure out. Does anyone actually pay for an inferior navigation when Google Maps navigation is not only superior to VZNav, but to other GPS gadgets too? At least in my opinion…

  • KleenDroid

    Interesting 2

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

      hahahahaha “2”

      • KleenDroid

        I wrote that because my first post vanished in this thread and the last. I wrote “Interesting 2″ to see if it would stick.