No More Verizon Apps Store For Android and Blackberry Smartphones

Verizon launched their own app store over two years ago for Blackberry and Android devices. Now they are announcing the end of the store in a statement:

Verizon Apps Closing January 2013

Verizon set out to create an app storefront, offering device optimization, security and simplicity for developers. Verizon Apps launched in March 2010— the beginning of what would be an app popularity surge. There’s now a whole new tech landscape in which both consumers and developers can interact like never before. We’re evolving our strategy to further simplify today’s experience and meet the needs of tomorrow.

In January of 2013, Verizon will start the process of removing the Verizon Apps application from ALL compatible Android and Research in Motion devices. We anticipate completing this process by March 27, 2013. But, no need to fear. Most apps existing on Verizon Apps are already available on multiple app storefronts, such as Google PLAY, Amazon and BlackBerry® App World. Business applications submitted to Verizon’s Private Applications Store for Business will continue to be available for purchase and download to enterprise customers.

We’ll be introducing new merchandising strategies, starting with AppLuvr: an app that can help get your Android app discovered by millions of Verizon customers.

During this transition, Developers will still

Have access to app metrics & reporting
Receive payments while the shutdown client is being deployed.

The VDC portal will continue to operate and is still a developer’s gateway to all Verizon Tools & APIs, platforms, 3rd party partner tools, Forums and @verizondev.

More info at Verizon.

If you have a Blackberry app from the Verizon store, you should see if it is available at Blackberry App World. A lot of the apps from the Verizon Store are also on Blackberry App World.