Verizon Apps – Verizon App Store for Android

Posted by at 10:12 am on September 13, 2011

Verizon on Tuesday relaunch of its native app store in an effort to regain some control of app distribution. Now just called Verizon Apps, the store will drop the BlackBerry and focus solely on Android. The store is now being pitched as a way for developers to get exposure without the discovery problems of Android Market.

Chomp will run the search engine for the new store.

The carrier launched V Cast Apps in 2010 in what was considered by many to be an attempt to return to the carrier’s heyday of the early 2000s, when Verizon and others could dictate what apps users were allowed to see and use. Android Market, BlackBerry App World, and the iPhone’s App Store began putting control back in the hands of phone designers and users. Verizon’s initial model of having a full alternative to official stores struggled as it often ended up being just a small subset of a larger store.

Third-party app stores have typically struggled to get any recognition, even with better deals. Outside of giveaways from the Amazon Appstore and Getjar, most Android and BlackBerry stores have little use when compared to the official OS stores.

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