A new Android app store has just been launched which will provide users with an alternative to Google Play and the Amazon App Store. Yandex.Store from Russian company Yandex will be preinstalled in Android devices sold in Russia. It will also be available as a whitelabel store to mobile carriers around the world.
Yandex.Store now has more than 50,000 apps available for download including the popular ones such as Skype and Foursquare. It is currently available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Turkish, Ukrainian and Russian language with more to be added soon. Apps that are hosted on this platform are all scanned and verified by Kaspersky Lab Technologies. The company aims to make a profit by taking a cut out of the app revenue.
Alexander Zverev, Head of the Yandex.Store project, said in an interview that “The global market for Android-based mobile phones is very fragmented. There are only a few major players who enjoy a meaningful share, with the remaining portion of the market, which is quite significant, distributed among hundreds of smaller companies. We are joining the game to contribute to competition that ensures freedom of choice for the end user and other members of the market.”
The company has also unveiled at the MWC their Yandex.Shell which they say is one of them most popular user interfaces for Android devices. This UI transforms the stock Android homescreen into a 3D homescreen. It’s already been downloaded more than a million times and provides features such as push panel technology. This feature allows customized skins and themes to be sent to a device over the air.
Some of the features of this app include
- Customization opportunities for 2D graphics, 3D models and animation, widgets, panel layout and the dialer
- Customized .apk installation package
- Default layout configuration
- Over-the-air push synchronization for sending skins to the device
- Push Panel technology