Verizon Wireless will push out V Cast App for Android store on its HTC Droid Incredible smartphone next week. V Cast Apps is an alternative to Google's Android Market.
Verizon Wireless Nov. 4 said it is making its V Cast Apps for Android store
available on its HTC Droid Incredible
smartphone via a software upgrade next week.
in September, Verizon's V Cast Apps for
Android is one of a handful of Android application stores companies with stakes
in Android are offering as an alternative to Google's Android Market.
When Verizon pushes out the upgrade, V Cast Apps will be preinstalled on the
Droid Incredible, making it the first phone to enable access to Verizon's
Android application store.
This means users will be able to purchase applications directly from their
Incredible handset and bill them to a Verizon Wireless account, assuaging one
of the major pain points of the Android Market.
Google's Android Market has faced heaps of criticism, including that its
applications are often too hard to find and that the Market suffers from
insufficient billing support.
paid application support in more countries, and is slated
to get PayPal support, but that has yet to
Verizon and others such as Amazon.com
and Vodafone hope to capitalize on Android Market's
weak points with their own stores.
Still, Android Market does have 100,000 applications, so rival Android application
stores have an uphill battle, not unlike the one Android has versus Apple's App
Store, which boasts 300,000 applications.
V Cast Apps supposedly sports around 5,000 applications, though a Verizon
spokesperson said in a statement Nov. 4: "Developers continue to submit apps,
so the number available through V Cast Apps will grow over time."
Meanwhile, the Incredible upgrade sports several other perks. These include:
security enhancements for Flash Player;
visual voice mail Wi-Fi improvements, including
the removal of incorrect service messages and post-call notifications;
enhanced support for Yahoo! IMAP e-mail;
the ability to play YouTube videos in the
YouTube application; and
the ability to switch between portrait and
landscape views in Google Maps.
While the Incredible upgrade will be pushed to mobile phones, users will be
able to download the upgrade here