Mar 26 AT 10:13 AM Taylor Wimberly 11 Comments

Verizon to pre-load PlayPhone Games Portal on upcoming Android phones


Today at the Game Developers Conference, PlayPhone announced that Verizon would begin pre-loading a Games Portal app that is powered by their social mobile gaming platform. Details are limited, but it sounds likely that Verizon will pre-load the Games Portal on most Android devices starting in Q2 2013.

Verizon launched their own app store called V Cast Apps back in 2010, but that didn’t work out so well and Verizon decided to close it this year as they evolved their strategy to “further simplify today’s experience and meet the needs of tomorrow.”

Games Portal will attempt to woo developers with distribution to millions of Verizon customers, a huge marketing push, direct carrier billing, and a social network that connects gamers across different platforms.

“PlayPhone’s SDK provides developers with powerful social game discovery capabilities – social game recommendations, friend invites, leaderboards, achievements, and brags – enabling viral games discovery,” PlayPhone said in a blog post. “Add in the sheer size of Verizon’s network, and Games Portal becomes the mother lode of distribution, fueling exponential growth to your games.”

We are not huge fans of carrier pre-loaded software on Android phones, which is why we support unlocked devices, but we do like to see any push that encourages more game developers to target Android devices.

Look for more information on Verizon’s Games Portal in the coming months.

Via: VentureBeat

Source: PlayPhone

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  • redraider133

    Hopefully this is one thing you will be able to disable for those who won’t ever use this. Wish they would allow you the option to be able to uninstall it.

  • ibap

    More stuff the carriers put on phones that we don’t necessarily want. Notice the reference to “direct carrier billing”? FOLLOW THE MONEY.

  • uknowme

    Wow you couldn’t pay me to switch to Verizon.

    • kazahani

      The coverage is worth it. You can pick up a used Galaxy Nexus (no bloatware!) for $200, and it’s going to run 4.2 stock, and it’s going to have LTE almost everywhere. It’s the best mobile experience available right now, in my opinion.

  • oddball

    I have this great simple place where I can buy many forms of media for my phone. Everything from games to magazines it’s called the play store. This is just another attempt from Verizon to grab a bit of customers money for no advantage to the consumer

  • Max.Steel

    Greedy, worthless carrier.

  • hokiewv

    It’s unfortunate that the option is available to device manufactures and carriers to preload apps. Hopefully they’ll learn that crapware on PCs caused a lot of customer dissatisfaction and isn’t sustainable in the long term.

    Of course, with Verizon already disabling Google Wallet and poorly supporting the Motorola Xoom, I’ve already written the off.

  • Robert Stevens

    There is a serious increase in root users. We can uninstall this crappy bloatware

  • Mikes_phone_and_tab

    Let’s hope by then with Key Lime Pie, Android gets its own Game Center/Hub

  • jamal adam

    Verizon doing it’s very best to ruin the Android experience. All they see is money falling at their feet with every move they make. The greedy just keep on getting more greedy.

  • donger

    Boo Verizon. Just ask yourself why?