Verizon Mandates Their Own App Stores on Future Devices
In the finest playground tradition, a constant in any mobile-oriented forum is chatter about the best and worst wireless providers. The latest bit of news out of the Verizon camp will certainly fan the flames of debate and add to the already heated Sprint vs. Verizon rivalry.
GigaOm are reporting that Verizon Wireless is going to soon mandate handset manufacturers to install the new Verizon multi-platform application store on every device. In fact, such a portal will override the various app stores existing and forthcoming from most of Verizon's handset partners; chiefly, Microsoft, RIM, and Palm. Additional details and speculation is available from Engadget.
This news is certain to be another blow to Pre-watchers (including yours truly) who are eagerly awaiting the confirmation of that device's rumored arrival on Verizon in early 2010. Verizon has traditionally lagged far behind other carriers in regards to carrying Palm's latest and greatest handsets, as the year-old Palm OS-based Centro is their only remaining Palm device since the Treo 755p and 700wx reached EOL status last year. Verizon also elected to pass on the Treo 800w and this year's CDMA Treo Pro. The Pro is, however, officially available through Verizon's newly-acquired Alltel subsidiary.
Presumably, it will be a matter of a quick download to install the Palm App Store portal on a device but the events are aligning for a fierce battle with carriers on one side, handset manufacturers and developers on the other, and the consumer caught in between in the crossfire.
With the release of the Mojo SDK, the barren Palm App Store should start showing some signs of life in the coming months. As a result, this move may become a greater point of contention further down the road when a Verizon-branded Pre actually appears and a robust application and a robust application ecosystem starts to form around the Pre as well as future WebOS devices such as the rumored Palm Eos/Pixie.