Verizon App shop closing its doors in January

Today the folks from Verizon have confirmed some sad sad news. That sad news being that their extremely unpopular and widely forgotten VCast Verizon App store will be shutting down and closing its doors early next year in January. Verizon original set out to offer an app storefront but it never took off, and is now throwing in the towel.

Apple axes Chomp for Android after acquisition

We tend to ignore Apple-specific news here on Android Community, but if you're a user of app discovery service Chomp, you'll have a hard time doing that today. All references to the Android Market/Google Play Store and Verizon's V-CAST apps are gone from Chomp's website. The Chomp app itself has disappeared from the Google Play Store, and the download links on its home page go straight to iTunes. In fact you won't find any mention of the world's most popular mobile OS anywhere on their website.

Android Community 101: Where do I find Xperia PLAY games?

So you've purchased your first Xperia PLAY, your first ever gamer phone, a PlayStation phone like you've never seen before. It's fabulous, the games are great, and you're having the time of your life. But wait, is this it? Aren't there any more apps to be downloaded? All I see are regular games in the Android Market, aren't there any more games that are optimized for this PlayStation controller? I can't believe I can't just click around and figure it out - Ah ha! I'll go to Android Community, they'll know!

VCast Music gets updated on Android

Verizon has updated it's VCast Music service to offer DRM free music downloads for a song. The new update is available for Android smartphones running vs. 2.1 or higher. The massive update delivers full track songs, ringtones in one application with DRM free titles ranging from .69 cents to $1.29 per title and can be used on a computer or other MP3 copmatible device via the VCast Media Manager. All downloads are charged to users Verizon wireless bill.

Verizon Introduces VCAST Messages SMS Application

Let's face it, Verizon's VCAST apps are not usually ground breaking. Only offering up some core services that are attached to Verizon's music and location services, they are usually overlooked. However, this time, Verizon has gone and released their own texting application, and it's pretty decent. On track to compete with Handcent and Chomp the Verizon VCAST Messenger allows users to send text messages, and the software isn't actually terrible. There is an option for sending texts to recent calls so you can easily notify someone about your status if you just missed their call, as well as location based messaging and a group conversation feature. Currently available for the original Droid, Droid 2, Droid X, LG Ally, Eris, Incredible and Fascinate, it may be a nice way to change things up a bit. QR Code: [Download Link] [Via DroidLife]

HTC ThunderBolt System Dump and RUU – Leaked and Gigantic

Take a peek at the three part leak download of the HTC ThunderBolt REE and System Dump for your very own exploration - it's super big and huge and full of sweet junk. You'll have your own look at a batch of elements including a 140MB golf game, VZW items including: BitBop, Nav, MobiTV, Mogstup, Rhapsody, Rockband, Skype, Sling, UStream, VCast Music, and VCast Videos. Then there's a Blockbuster app, Adobe Reader, HTC items by the names of FM Radio, DLNA, and Greader (of which we'd love some more info on, to be sure.) Most of these are the demos, of course, and require you to purchase the full version for full functionality.

Droid Incredible Update Available Now Via Rom, VCAST app included?

Just as Verizon announced it's App Stores availability coming to the DROID Incredible next week, we are made aware that the software has been available now for quite some time. The rooted ROM was built from a properly signed HTC Sense/Froyo OTA package. Included within the rom we see “system/app/VCast.apk” which we are expecting to be the actual VCAST app store. To check it out for yourself head over to XDA Forums for download links and instructions! Let us know what you find, as we will be digging through it as well! [Via XDA, DroidLife]

VCAST App Store Confirmed, Droid Incredible First to get it

We first heard word of the Verizon VCAST App Store a few months back. Since then many companies have also seen the need for their own Android application stores but it looks as if Verizon will be the first to officially launch their own. In a statement released today, Verizon not only confirms the VCAST app store, but also confirms it's availability for next week on the DROID Incredible. “Verizon Wireless will begin pushing a software update to the DROID Incredible next week. The update includes software enhancements that will pre-install V CAST Apps on the phone. We said earlier this year that we’d be expanding V CAST Apps to the Android platform, and the DROID Incredible is the first Android phone with the store. Developers continue to submit apps, and as a reminder, V CAST Apps allows carrier billing, so customers who purchase applications through our store will see those charges on their monthly bill. For more information about the update customers can go to” This app store will not replace the Android Market on Verizon's Android devices it will only offer up a new way for users to get applications. And with Verizon's benefits for the program we can expect to see many developers to jump into the new market and put their apps up on the store. [Via DroidLife]

Verizon’s VCast App Store Launching by the end of 2010

Last week we heard word that Verizon was planning on releasing their own app store to include on all Verizon Android devices. Verizon is now accepting submissions for apps running on Android 2.2, and stated that the Verizon App Store will be available by the end of this year. We still do not know the motivation in releasing their own App Store that will directly compete with the Android Market but Verizon is all about control and an App Store to host their own VCAST apps must make sense to them.

Verizon Bringing VCast Video to Android on Monday

There was a tweet sent yesterday by Philadelphia-area VZW rep Sheldon Jones, that said Verizon will be bringing its VCast Video service to their Android smart phones starting Monday. This is great news for all you Verizon Android owners. Whether you have a Devour or an Incredible, all of their Androids should receive this service.