Sep 13 AT 1:12 PM Edgar Cervantes 47 Comments

Verizon re-launching its app store; do we really want it?

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V Cast Apps may have been one of the worst attempts at an app store we’ve seen, but Verizon is not giving up. Verizon’s first attempt resulted in an app store that was very difficult to work with (slow and buggy) and had a lack-luster app selection. As a matter of fact the app store never even worked with my HTC Thunderbolt, so it’s been some months since I’ve even been able to access it at all.

In an attempt to improve its chances of success, Verizon just announced that it will be re-launching its app store under the name Verizon Apps. The name is much better/simpler than V Cast Apps, but Big Red will need more than a good name. We still don’t know what the changes to the app store itself will be, but Verizon will need to have something up its sleeve to grab customers’ attention.

There are many reasons Verizon’s third-party app store was never successful (aside from the fact that it was not well designed). The main reason is the official Android Market. The Android Market is clean, simple and fast. It’s the most trust-worthy and is available for every Android device out there. Not only that, but it has the best selection of apps for Android; almost every existing Android app is available. (There are some third-party app store exclusives).

There are some success stories other than the Android Market, though. Take the Amazon App Store, GetJar and AppBrain for example. The most successful of the three has been the Amazon App Store, although it’s mostly used for the free app of the day. These app stores can–and have to–resort to great deals or usability advantages, whereas V Cast Apps has neither.

The only advantage we can see in Verizon Apps is carrier billing, something other major carriers are now offering in the Android Market. Why are Verizon customers not getting that treatment? Probably to push people into using their third-party app store.

Please understand that it’s not our intention to bash Verizon Apps (or V Cast Apps); this is simply the truth. Verizon’s first attempt was not worth the bloatware space, and Verizon Apps needs to throw a good curve ball in order to move away from its bad reputation. V Cast Apps was simply a bad product. If the company wants to make us eat these words, it’ll need to invest the work and time to improve the service at hand.

And it does seem Big Red might be really trying to make things better. The company has invested in an office in San Francisco. Developers are invited to come to Verizon’s premises and develop their apps, as well as test them on the carrier’s devices.

Verizon Apps has not been released, and we have to hold judgement until it comes around. Verizon Apps needs to offer game-changing services in order to grow. Until then, the Android Market (which will continue to come pre-installed on every Android device) is still your best friend.

Stay tuned to see what Verizon Apps will have to offer. The app store should come pre-installed on future devices. Current devices will probably get it via an OTA update. For now, tell us what you think! Are you guys waiting to see what Verizon Apps has in store? Do any of our readers use V Cast Apps? If so, why do you use it over the Android market? What do you guys think Verizon could do to succeed in the app store business?

Source: CNN

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • Cheer Up Charlie

    I want Verizon Wireless for their network. Not their over-priced apps, walled-garden and ridiculous data caps.

    Big Red, if you want impress customers, keep investing in your network and leave the apps alone.

    • CTown

      Wow, that sounds like the comments Verizon used to get in the pre-Android days. Guess, Verizon is back to their old tricks again!

  • vz is bad

    Come on verizon. You could have provided a great Android experience. Great network with good customer support and the first usable 4g network. But instead all you do is trash android phones with all your sh#$. Stop bending over for apple and trash android. They brought you into the smartphone race.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Verizon will do better off focusing on better pricing on there devices as well as providing better software updates they are worst in the business right next to motorola. Case and point the Droid X2 with FROYO??? A dualcore device runing Froyo.. A total JOKE…

    • snowbdr89

      Stop typing moron!!

      • Richard Yarrell

        Is this the real snowbdr89 posting OR HIS MOM these days you never know always hiding..You SORRY PERSON..You and the rest of the verizon faithful can use some true knowlege about your overpriced network that IS CRAPPY WITH SOFTWARE UPDATES. Screw you and verizon simple as that…

        • squiddy20

          Why would that be “his mom”???? Are you just trying to be “kool”, as you’ve put it in the past, by inserting a very stupid and immature “yo mama” joke? For your information, Verizon has done quite well with their software updates. When was the last time you heard of an update to a phone that then DISABLED some other thing? Oh wait, that was an Evo 3D issue. Grow up. The world isn’t nearly about “you, you, and you”.

          • Richard Yarrell

            As usual you would say anything that doesn’t apply to you…MIND YOUR BUSINESS LOSER…And go check for your updates that never arrive…Who cares what you people say the truth is verizon sucks and so does all there devices. plain and simple….

          • squiddy20

            I think the 106.3 million Verizon subscribers (according to wikipedia) would beg to differ about their carrier and devices “sucking”. Compare that to Sprint’s 52 million customers (again, according to wikipedia). The numbers don’t lie.

            Besides, nothing says “stupid” more than bad spelling and punctuation.

    • snowbdr89

      @dick the dumbass yarrell do some research before u open that hole in that fat face dx2 has 2.3 phuckin moron

      • Richard Yarrell

        As usual you DOPE I am holding an Droid X2 in my hand right now in one of your useless verizon stores you dummy and the verison is 2.2 froyo. You are misinformed as usual which is normal in the world you live in. Since you seem to think you know so much tell me how many 2.2 froyo devices rather singlecore or dualcore that verizon has at this time??? I can answer that question for you since I am here but I won’t. All I know is every singlecore and dualcore device on sprint is runing 2.3.4 The Nexus S4g, EVO 4g, Epic 4g, Photon 4g, Evo 3d, and the Epic touch 4g, I see this useless revolution here with 2.2 your useless thunderbolt with 2.2 this useless droid x with 2.2 as well as the droid x2 with 2.2…Your lame my friend and you need to get up to par with reality don’t come to this site with your USELESS posts GO BACK TO PHANDROID where you belong.

        • snowbdr89

          Yes fat lonely man this is the real snowbdr89 an I dont have to go into a dick measuring contest with you over the better network because it speaks for itself besides when was the last time you saw you’re little buddy let alone used it?

        • squiddy20

          As usual you DOPE, you demonstrate your stupidity. Just because the Droid X2 you are holding in your hand “right now” is on 2.2, doesn’t mean the update isn’t there. Did you try running “Update Android” from the settings menu, or are you ignorantly saying that just because it’s not right in front of your dirty little face, it doesn’t exist? Try using those services Google provides (read: SEARCH) for “Droid X2 Gingerbread”. You’ll find it’s been out since the end of JULY. I can’t count the number of times I’ve walked into a SPRINT store to find their phones running “outdated” versions of Android. In fact, walked into one a few days ago and found an Evo 3D STILL running 2.3.3. Go back to school.

        • squiddy20

          Oh, and your statement of “every singlecore and dualcore (two words each you uneducated dipshit) device on sprint is runing (again with the spelling errors?) 2.3.4″ is COMPLETELY false. Samsung Replenish, Kyocera Echo, LG Optimus S, Samsung Transform, Motorola XPRT, and Motorola Titanium are ALL Sprint phones and ALL have 2.2 or below. Why don’t you check your facts before making such stupid and ridiculous claims. I’ve known fanboys to stretch the truth a bit, but never outright LIE. The argument doesn’t go your way so you make up total BS? What a child. Go sit in a corner. You NEED a timeout.

          • Richard Yarrell

            You sad little boy

          • squiddy20

            Please enlighten me about how I am “sad”. Is it because I speak the truth while you come up with complete and total lies? Is it because you’re too stupid to think for yourself and look beyond what’s in front of your grubby little face? Or is it because you just don’t want to face the cold hard facts and admit you’re wrong? Who’s the one who has completely wrong info and whines and complains when he doesn’t get his way? That’s alllll you. So please tell me, who’s the “little boy” now?

          • lmfao@yarell

            I’m trying to figure out how he is supporting one company (samsuck) that don’t even update they shit in a timely manner????????? While he talkin bout 90% of the HTC phones Verizon has, HTC is the LEADER in update support!!!!

    • krazytrixxxsta

      no evo comments??? lmao

    • squiddy20

      Do you never learn? If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a hundred times, FUCK OFF. You aren’t a Verizon customer. You don’t own anything pertaining to Verizon. It doesn’t matter to you if Verizon has “overpriced” devices because YOU’LL NEVER BE BUYING FROM THEM. And if Verizon customers want to justify spending the money that they do on those “overpriced” phones, then that’s their prerogative. Not yours. And as I said earlier, why don’t you make the little bit of effort to check your “facts”. Use your GOOGLE “device” to search for “Droid X2 Gingerbread”. You WILL find it’s been out since about July 27th or 28th depending on the source. And the “total JOKE” now is…. well, you. Have a great day moron.

      • obsessive acorn

        You’re a bloody idiot. I’ve never seen such a stupid fanboy like you before. Evo this. Evo that. Sprint this. Sprint that. Nobody gives a sh*t.

      • Richard Yarrell

        MISGUIDED SOUL…I KNOW THE TRUTH HURTS….YOU AND VERIZON SUCKS EGGS

        • squiddy20

          Hey dumbass, in case you’ve forgotten, I’m with Sprint too. Only difference between you and me is, I’m not a complete and total moron. Face it. You don’t know shit. Have the balls to admit you’re wrong and shut the f*ck up.

    • Mark

      Seriously, STFU. You’re annoying.

  • salty

    Thank god I’m running an AOSP rom and don’t have to worry about them trying to cram this garbage down my throat via an OTA update. Waiting on something with an unlocked (or easily unlockable) bootloader before I finally let the OG Droid go.

  • snowbdr89

    Correct me if im wrong but vzw has been pumpin out updates, d2, r2d2, incredible 2 etc got 2.3 updates

  • Limited Tiers

    You need a apps. You need Droid. You need bloatware and battery sucking apps to keep you tethered to a charger.

  • Richard Yarrell
    • snowbdr89

      Why do we care who has more phones with 2.3 dumbass? Dam you need a life n maybe its time to move out of moms house an get a girlfriend!!

    • squiddy20

      Ummm you do know the article’s headline you linked to indicates that the DInc got Gingerbread, right? Basically the article contradicts the point you’re (stupidly) trying to make. So much for refuting the argument. Try again moron. Or better yet, just shut up and and make less of a fool of yourself.

  • Richard Yarrell

    If they kept up with there updates why are they all coming now???http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/09/13/motorola-droid-r2-d2-gingerbread-update-rolling-out-now/

    • squiddy20

      I’d LOVE to see you try porting a whole Android OS update to a phone, all the while making sure that it runs well, is optimized as much as possible for the hardware, has no bugs, plays well with the network (calling and data), has better battery management, etc. Try it juuuust once. I dare ya.

      Besides, isn’t there a saying “better late than never”? F*ck off.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Another lie….You verizon FANBOYS need to be honest and stop MISLEADING PEOPLE generally. Or are you acting just like your carrier MR. snowbdr89 and squiddy20 bunch of sick fools…http://www.androidnew.com/news/update-your-android-os-to-gingerbread-of-motorola-droid-x2-verizon-wireless.html…….Don’t hate now that the truth is out…..

    • squiddy20

      Again, with this link you are proving yourself wrong. According to your earlier comment, you said the Droid X2 only had 2.2 and NOT 2.3. Here’s your direct quote: “I am holding an Droid X2 in my hand right now in one of your useless verizon stores you dummy and the verison is 2.2 froyo.” The headline in the link you posted says “Update Your Android OS To Gingerbread (which FYI is indeed 2.3) of Motorola Droid X2″ Not only have you just proven yourself wrong, YOU have lied about it. Go sit in the corner for a time out.

    • squiddy20

      Oh, forgot one thing. Since you obviously can’t remember anything past a week, I’ll refresh your memory. I am a Sprint customer and have been for about 10 years. I own a “useless” (as you like to put it) Samsung Moment which is a SPRINT ONLY phone. Try writing all this down so you don’t make yourself look like such a fool.

  • Richard Yarrell

    I guess this device has 2.3.4 also….PLEASE……http://www.androidcentral.com/lg-revolution

    • snowbdr89

      Dick your new name is STUPID

  • IOS SUCKS

    @ snowbdr89 and squiddy20 let em go lol hes trolling he just wanna get a kick outta messing with ya

    • squiddy20

      By making himself out to be a moron? Surely he isn’t THAT dumb? :P

      • snowbdr89

        Im pretty sure he or she is that dumb

  • snowbdr89

    Oh I know he or she is tryin to get a rise but its still fun to talk shit to the moron

  • Dharmabhum

    The only third-party app store I use is the Amazon App Store, and I’ve tried to get rid of it before. Unfortunately, one needs the Amazon App Store on the phone to authenticate the purchased apps (such as Soundhound Infinity) and that’s the only reason I reinstalled it on my phone. I don’t know if the Android Market has to do the same authorization each time you start the purchased app (since the Android Market and my apps are so closely integrated) but this I do not like.

    And I’ll never use a Verizon-proprietary app store. I’m still unsure if I think the Amazon App Store was a good idea overall for the platform.

    • squiddy20

      I’m kind of on the fence about it too. On the one hand, with the Amazon App Store, you get daily free apps and generally lower prices for other paid apps (good for us and developers, lower prices usually sell more). But on the other hand, you have one more “app stores” for users to have to dredge through. I couldn’t imagine the amount of time it would take to go to all the various stores to get your updates, find new things, etc. You’ve got Gameloft, Android Market, Amazon App Store, Verizon’s app store, Appbrain (if you consider that a different “store”), and probably a few others I’ve never heard of (isn’t there a porn only Android app store?).
      Of course, all of these markets could create competition (more innovation within each market, lower prices on paid apps, possibly wider selection of apps, etc)

      Simply put imo, it’s got it’s pros and cons.

  • snowbdr89

    Look dick the dummy yarrell once again has multiple hidden due to low comment ratings i think thats grounds for the boot. : )

  • MrPhilly

    Verizons apps are so damned overpriced. Might as well just buy an iPod touch and save loads of money and get way better and cheaper apps. Steve Jobs ma man.

  • NongDin

    rating

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