Verizon was rumored to be launching a rival to the Google Play Store in order to offer a decent alternative for apps on Android devices. And just as we hear about those plans fizzling out, a new report coming from The Information suggests that the carrier is secretly building a coalition with other major carriers of the U.S. to bring this idea to fruition. Obviously, the carrier can have a bigger impact by getting other carriers on board, rather than developing this app hub on its own.
It’s an early report so we don’t have access to the specifics as of yet, but the report suggests that this app hub could be targeted towards the global audience and not just Americans. It is said that there will be some “specific features of wireless-carrier networks” which could appeal to the developers.
With over a billion Android devices in the wild, it will be interesting to see if this new project has the potential to convince users to shift from the Play Store. However, there’s no reason why the two can’t coexist.
Source: The Information