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.
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.
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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]
“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 www.verizonwireless.com/droidincrediblesupport.” 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]