Aug 20 AT 1:32 PM Dustin Earley 11 Comments

Verizon looking to take on Google Play with upcoming app store


There are billions upon billions of dollars to be made in facilitating the sales of apps and in-app purchases. And right now, only two companies are really getting in on that money: Apple and Google. According to a report out of The Information, the may not be true for long. Verizon could hold the keys to the next big app store.

While other third-party app stores do exist, like Amazon’s for example, their success has been nowhere near that of Apple’s App Store or Google’s own Google Play. Verizon itself is no stranger to peddling apps, but apparently this time it will be different. Instead of going it alone, Verizon is rumored to be teaming up with other carriers and manufacturers to provide a comprehensive alternative to Google Play.

Rumored to be Android only, Verizon and friends’ new app store could feature two key differences over Google Play. In order to make app discovery more relevant, Verizon wants to utilize your data and GPS information to serve up app suggestions based on where you are or what you’re doing. The other key difference is that Verizon is rumored to be implementing an ad system in its app store that would allow developers to pay for enhanced visibility.

We’ll reserve judgement on how this project will turn out until we know more, but considering how similar scenarios have played out in the past, it’s hard to be optimistic. Still, we suppose competition is never a bad thing, so long as it’s not thrown in your face and shoved down your throat. You listening, Verizon?

Via: Android Police

Source: The Information

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Derek R-C

    Stop trying to make your apps happen Verizon, it’s not going to happen

  • ALee101

    YAY! More bloat!!!

  • pekosROB

    Of course it’s going to be shoved down our throats. Going to have more bloatware as if there weren’t enough already.

  • jake

    Didn’t Verizon used to have an app store, when these smartphones were still new? I’m pretty sure they did, with only Verizon apps. So I guess this would be different.

  • VKG

    Wow! I can’t wait to install an application that I’ll never be able to to uninstall! ^_^

  • Jonathan

    exactly why i dislike Verizon. not only uninstallable crap, but with the gps function it will be a battery drainer as well.

  • Brandon Horwath

    Based on Verizon’s current apps, their popularity, and user reviews… this is a terribly flawed idea. If Verizon history is any indication, it will only get worse for consumers when finally implemented. I truely love Verizon, and their service… but, as a developer, their apps are truely the worst.

  • John Patrick

    Buy apps from my platform maker and a great developer community both of whom I like, admire and respect.


    Buy from a bunch of scum-sucking greedy undead bastards who deserve nothing more than a dull wooden stake pounded through their unbeating hearts? Plus, I don’t like them much either.

    Let me think…..

  • Dirty_Azkals

    “I think they want to be disruptive to the two big giants of the Android markets: Google and Amazon. It’s this closed minded thinking that’s raising prices among the stores. I’m a hard working American and for Google to ask 99 cents for an app is an outrage. At least paying Verizon is supporting the little guy in this cutthroat App market world we live in.”

    I will choke out the marketing team if they try to paint their store as a postive.

  • tmihai20

    I am very curious on how will they make the developers pay for their apps to be available in the Verizon store. This is utterly stupid, they don’t even have such a large userbase. Will they remove the Play Store from their phones? This will not happen any time soon.

  • droidweb

    And this is why I root and Rom away all traces of Verizon from my devices.