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VCast Apps Google/Verizon Romance Going Sour?

Verizon subscribers who own an Android smartphone may already see the V Cast Apps store on the Android Market--it's the third tab at the top, listed as "Verizon" and sitting to the right of "Apps" and "Games" on the home page (that's how it appears on the DROID, at least). Although Verizon apps can be found outside the V Cast space within the Market, this area typically lists Verizon-specific apps--VZ Navigator for DROID 2, V Cast Video, V Cast Tones, etc--and a handful of highlighted 3rd-party items that seem to shift on a monthly basis.

But recent reports indicate that Verizon plans to remove the V Cast section from the Android Market and install the service as a separate application. Unnamed sources said that Verizon didn't want to merely be a side portal, but rather offer a full-fledged marketplace that ties into the subscriber's account. This means that games, digital comics, or whatever else Verizon plans to host will not require a credit card, but instead will be charged to the subscriber and appear on next month's bill.

There's also speculation that the Verizon store may sport a better interface. App submissions will be free, but Verizon will require final approval before going live. Given the current state of the Android Market--cluttered with subpar apps, disguised malware, and highly unnavigable--Verizon's approach may be a welcome one to Android owners.

Recently Verizon ruffled Google's feathers by making Microsoft's Bing the default search engine on a number of upcoming Android-based smartphones. Although the future models in question weren't revealed, a Microsoft spokesperson said that the Bing pre-load is part of a 5-year mobile search pact signed by both parties in the first half of 2009. Currently the Bing app is available for free on the Android Market, offering maps, directions, and more.

  • jeraldjunkmail
    This is a bucketfull of fail. The whole android experience is based on advertising revenue and donationware stuff (I have paid for a few apps via donation on my phone).
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  • Why do people call it a "donation" when they are clearly making purchase to use said app? Unless it was a free, unrestricted app with the option to donate to the developer, then it isn't called donating! It's called making a purchase. Stop trying to make yourself better than you really are.
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  • fkr
    From what I've read the will be keeping Google for the high end phones. I research my apps on the WWW. As long as the search bar still works let the marketplace get flooded and have the consumer decide whats best.

    "cluttered with subpar apps, disguised malware, and highly unnavigable--Verizon's approach may be a welcome one to Android owners." Everything Verizon touches is ****, and they charge for it.
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  • Some apps are available with a free version and a version that costs a few dollars. No additional features in the paid version. You can choose to get the paid version to make a "donation" to the person who created the app.
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  • kingssman
    Verizon Apps are 90% fail,,, thats why nobody ever bothers to download them. I mean Jeeze, $5.95 for Tetris? $10.99 for a news reader?
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  • back_by_demand
    kingssmanVerizon Apps are 90% fail,,, thats why nobody ever bothers to download them. I mean Jeeze, $5.95 for Tetris? $10.99 for a news reader?Cost is fail, but the idea rocks.
    Not entering pay details every time and having purchases appear on my monthly bill? Great idea.
    Now if only they could do the same with pay & go where it debits items I buy from my call credit...
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  • captainnemojr
    V Cast is a joke. The NFL app was "free" allowing streaming and all, but now it's an additional $10 on top of the $30 for "unlimited data" plan. It'd be nice if it was included. I mean I'm not going to sit and watch TV on my phone all day because the battery would die after 10 min, but it'd be nice to. I'm glad the data isn't capped...yet...
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  • i7Rocks
    captainnemojrV Cast is a joke. The NFL app was "free" allowing streaming and all, but now it's an additional $10 on top of the $30 for "unlimited data" plan. It'd be nice if it was included. I mean I'm not going to sit and watch TV on my phone all day because the battery would die after 10 min, but it'd be nice to. I'm glad the data isn't capped...yet...
    NFL app is free and doesn't cost me an additional $10 a month. Why do you have unlimited data in qoutes?? my plan is unlimited and I use the shit out of it all day everyday. also you wouldn't watch TV on your phone but it would be nice to??? yeah that makes a lot of sense. mega fail!
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