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Verizon shutters its in-house app store, bloatware haters rejoice

Verizon Apps Closing

Verizon (VZ) customers can expect a lot less bloatware on their phones next year. The wireless carrier on Monday announced plans to shutter its self-branded app store, which it launched in March of 2010 to offer apps directly to its Android and BlackBerry customers, in early 2013 . The carrier says it will start removing its app store from BlackBerry and Android devices beginning in January 2013 and that it planned to have all the store apps removed from phones bu the end of March. Verizon wrote on its website that customers should not notice any major changes because a majority of the apps are available on alternative storefronts such as the Play Store, Amazon Appstore and BlackBerry App World.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.