Is Verizon Axing the Google Play Store? Droid DNA coming with Amazon's App Store Suite Pre-Installed


This is some pretty interesting news. Among all the Nexus and Android 4.2 news today, HTC and Verizon got together in New York to announce the HTC Droid DNA. Now we are still learning bits and pieces of this device but we know the overall spec's already. Now Amazon has evidently come out and said that their App Store will come pre-installed on the new Verizon Droid DNA when it launches later this month. Now the big question is, what's going to happen to Google Play?

We really have no idea yet. But this is what the Amazon App Store Suite features:

  • All the Content:  Customers get instant access to over 22 million books and songs.
  • "Buy Once, Enjoy Everywhere:" With apps available on the largest number of devices and platforms, Amazon makes it easy for customers to access their content anytime, anywhere, from virtually any device or platform they choose.  Customers can read and sync their Kindle books across iPad, iPhone, PC, Mac, Android phones and tablets, BlackBerry, Windows Phones and in their web browsers with Kindle Cloud Reader.  AmazonMP3s are available on iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Sonos and web browsers with Cloud Player.  No other company offers customers this level of flexibility with their content.
  • Seamless shopping: Instant access to Earth's biggest selection with millions of physical products available to search or browse with the integrated mobile shopping experience, plus all of the benefits of shopping on Amazon, including personalized recommendations, customer reviews, one-click ordering, Prime free Two-Day shipping on over 15 million items, and more.
  • World Class Customer Service: When a customer shops on Amazon, they know they're getting Amazon's world-class customer service. Amazon's customer service just scored 89 on the ForeSee customer satisfaction score—the highest ever attained by a retailer, the highest rating on the 2012 American Consumer Satisfaction Index, and the 2012 J.D. Power Customer Service Champion Award.  Customers have been shopping onAmazon for over 15 years, and they continue to do so because of the unparalleled end-to-end customer experience.

While none of us really like pre-loaded apps, this is one I think we can live with. Many of us use both Google Play and Amazon's App Store, so hopefully Google Play remains on the Droid DNA. If not, let's sideload that sucker on there.

Any potential Droid DNA owners upset by this? Let us know in the comments.