Verizon recently announced at a conference for developers in Las Vegas that it is going to give having an Android app store another try. This time the store will be called Verizon Apps. The service will be accessible for free to Verizon subscribers with Android smartphones. Verizon made it clear that Verizon Apps will not replace the Android Market. Instead, it will work along with it.
It can be recalled that the telecom company offered direct sales of apps to its Android users a while back but the endeavor didn’t quite become successful. Verizon relies heavily on the Google OS platform. Before having its own version of the iPhone, the company used Android to compete with iOS carriers. Now it seems that Verizon trusts the popular OS enough to give its app store a second chance.
The Verizon App store features a search engine powered by Chomp. Both Verizon and Chomp have provided briefings at the said conference about the new Android app store. Verizon’s other application storefront, V Cast market, will remain open despite the launch of Verizon Apps. The company believes that the market is big enough to accommodate more storefronts.
To attract more software partners for its revamped app store, Verizon is offering guaranteed promotion to developers.
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