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Verizon to Re-Launch Android Appstore, Wait Why?

According to reports this morning, Verizon is preparing to re-launch their Verizon Appstore after it struggled to gain any momentum when it initially went live.  Currently known as VCAST Apps, the new store that will launch as early as today, will carry the name “Verizon Apps.”  It may launch on “DROID” phones first, but details are not available just yet as to how that will happen.  It will more than likely sneak its way into new updates for phones so that the VCAST store (which is a system app) can be removed.

No details were given as to what differences we will see, but we aren’t sure if it even matters if they make changes at this point.  Why would anyone want to use the Verizon Appstore other than for the fact that they can bill directly to their account?  The app selection is horrible.  The app itself is buggy, slow and not-so-user-friendly.  If anyone wants to use something other than the Android Market, we already have GetJar and Amazon.  Do we really need a fourth player?  If you ask me, I’d say dump it and add carrier billing to the real market just like every other carrier is doing.  /end rant.

Hoping to hear more today…I’m sure you all can’t wait!

Via:  CNN

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  • Anonymous

    This will fail for Verizon. It will fail because the only reason they are doing this is to make more money! That is their only intention in this having their own app store idea. That is why it failed from the begging, before any code was even written, it was going to fail. You can’t just jump into something because you want your share of the fun. Their has to be a bigger idea than just dabbling here and their to see where money can be made. I just see right through this “idea” if you could even call it that. I mean everyone wants to make money form a good idea but that isn’t the what makes great idea’s.

  • Daniel Maginnis

    anyone with a new moto notice that was one of the items pre installed? i cant tell you what it’s called, cuz i already rooted and booted it. but i could swear i saw a vcast apps icon in my launcher.

  • http://www.ringcentral.com/phone-service/index.html phone service

    Oh dear…this will not end well.  I’d rather that they improve their basic product and service first. THEN I’d be more willing to try anything else they try to feed me.

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  • Anonymous

    Hooray for bloatware! Its a great day for useless applications!!! 

  • Knlegend1

    You know this Vcast store may actually be good. Who knows? But the problem verizon has is they make these things system apps. All we want are options to uninstall, we don’t always want to root. These phones coming out now are pretty nice, I think anyways. Verizon just give us options to remove it. Thanks for introducing it to us but eh we don’t want. Or, thanks for introducing me to Vcast I love it. Just no more system apps.

  • Anonymous

    Well they got one thing right… getting rid of the VCast label. I’ll always associate that with feature phones, not smart phones. Still don’t think it’ll help though.

  • Drnick124

    I’ll just freeze this one, too…

  • Kidd_Funkadelic

    Wasn’t everything in the vcast store of the monthly subscription style? I haven’t looked at it since I had a dumb phone a few years back and couldn’t understand how anyone would want to pay $10 a month for navigation, or $4 a month for weather, even in the absence of free alternatives on your phone. It’s ludicrous. Is that still the case? Dear Verizon, that is not the correct pay model. We don’t want it. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/spdivr1122 Stephen Wagner

    bloat bloat bloat

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000395370412 Logan Lopez

    Nothing to see here, move along….

  • http://twitter.com/tittlemanscrest Stephen Parker

    Has anyone ACTUALLY used it? 

    • djembeman

      I tried to give a chance when I got my LG REVO, but the app never worked.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marsgrafx David Marsh

    just proves the point that MORONS RULE THE WORLD!!!

  • Anonymous

    What is a Verizon appstore anyways?????

  • Anonymous

    Because Apple forced Verizon not to via contract negotiations, and Google is forcing consumers to eat whatever the carriers feel like doing…@fef6bad3df5d202d46e25a1241dfd84d:disqus I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use http://bit.ly/grab2051

  • Anonymous

    If Verizon’s network wasn’t so great, I’d have walked away months ago over the Xoom crap.

    Now more bloatware to look forward to?

    Shenanigans.

  • crack

    Articles like this are only reminding me why I rooted my phone.

  • Anonymous

    Yet even more crapware.  Shame on you Verizon.

  • http://twitter.com/Pollita_Droid Erica M.

    Great more useless bloatware, just what we needed. 

    • http://twitter.com/Pollita_Droid Erica M.

      not like i really care because I’m just gonna root my phone anyway and watch the bloat go away. There is no reason was the V Cast app store needs to come back, we have the android market and even the amazon market. How many markets do we need?

  • EC8CH

    Why do they even need this.  They just preinstall all their crap on our phones without our permission anyway.

  • Anonymous

    next month’s headline:

    “Verizon’s Android Appstore fails to gain momentum… again”

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  • http://twitter.com/il_Sole_Leone Stephen Box

    *Applause*

  • http://twitter.com/drudometkin David R.

    I feel like if I open one of these vcast apps I’m going to be insta-charged for some crappy service on my next bill.  

  • John

    i’m sure they’ll find a way to dick us over with this

  • rick

    hey, verizon … all we care about is the phones and signal strength. just give us those 2 things and leave everything else alone. please. 

    • EC8CH

      really I wish they’d just provide signal strength.  All they do is screw up the phones, I’d rather they have no part of the handsets.  I’d rather buy them directly from the manufactures instead of through the carriers.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed, def like the European mobile market better than ours…..u buy your phone, then select a carrier

    • Anonymous

      I’d be happier if they were dumb data pipes and didn’t provide any phones or other services.

      • http://twitter.com/Lancer033 Keith Hollis

        yep, let me port my number to google voice and let me keep my unlimited data pipe and leave me alone.

  • Bill Jenkins

    Will they automatically charge us a fee per month without telling us?

    • Anonymous

      Knowing Verizon, they’ll probably try.

  • EC8CH

    *facepalm*

  • Anonymous

    What’s that old meme? “Kill it with fire.”

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  • GotSka81

    When has Verizon ever done anything in the best interest of the customer?

    • Anonymous

      after building a very reliable network, never.

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      • Anonymous

        They just do that with hopes that their new tiered data subscribers will go over the data cap

    • Anonymous

      Verizon is back on my shit list.  They think we’re all idiots (and they sadly have a point) but not this little moth.

  • Anonymous

    Hurray for more bloatware!

  • Guest

    Does this exist on the iPhone?  Why are Android users forced to use this if iPhone users aren’t?

    • Anonymous

      Because Apple forced Verizon not to via contract negotiations, and Google is forcing consumers to eat whatever the carriers feel like doing.  I’m still an Android fan overall, but really both Google and Apple are anti-consumer, each in their own way.

      • Bill Jenkins

        Google is the developers of the open source technology aka Android. The carriers use the open source technology with their phones. Google has nothing to do with customers. Google makes the OS and the carriers use it. Which means the carriers make all the rules for how they want their service to run. Google makes the updates and its up to the carriers to release them to the public.

        • Anonymous

          Let me rephrase that.  Google is not directly forcing anything on consumers, BUT by allowing the carriers and OEMs to run wild with the customizations, they are indirectly causing lots of misery on our part, in the form of bloatware and lack of regular security patches and bug fixes.  There IS a way to enforce certain pro-consumer restrictions, like forcing skins and bloatware to be removable and requiring that UI customizations cannot mess with the OS on such a deep level that critical security fixes are horribly delayed, but Google has chosen to not bother with this, so we are purely at the mercy of the OEMs and carriers.

          You can point your finger at OEMs and carriers all you want, but Google is just as much at fault. I applaud the idea of an open platform, but anybody with an ounce of sense knows that a playground without any rules will only result in pure chaos, and somebody is bound to get hurt in the process.  Android will succeed, regardless, but it could be so much better if Google would just lay down the law on certain things.

          • Anonymous

            Your anger is misplaced.

      • Anonymous

        Substitute Google with the phone manufacturer and you would be correct. Google phones aka Nexus have no bloat except for the carrier tethering app that they just started adding.

    • Anonymous

      AT&T, Verizon, etc understand how much money they can make if they have their own appstores. Part of the reason AT&T is pushing for mobile web apps over native mobile apps is because that way they aren’t screwed over by the software platform; AT&T can in turn make their own webapps and web app store and sell things while bypassing Apple’s restrictions.

      This isn’t the last we’ve heard or seen of carrier appstores.

      • Bill Jenkins

        Restrictions? I’m sorry. I own a rooted android phone so I dont know what “restrictions” mean

  • Anonymous

    Wow they really must think that the average consumer is as dumb as they look.

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunately some are that dumb and a lot just don’t know any better…..think about it, most come from a dumb or feature phone & the vzw store was all they had, so they see it on their shiny new smartphone & think it’s what they have 2 use