Yandex New Android App Store Rivals Play Store, Amazon App Store
Google Play Store gets a new competitor, coming straight from Russia, with Russian search engine Yandex announcing that it will launch an alternative application marketplace for Android users. The new service is called Yandex.Store and it will offer almost 40k applications and allow vendors to bundle it into their devices.
Yandex services and apps have been present on Android tablets and phones in Russia for a while now, so getting their own app store seemed like a logical move. Yandex.Store is a white box service, so vendors can place their own branding on top of it, with carrier MegaFon already signing up for the task, according to Yandex. The search engine company will take 30% of the revenue generated from apps and the service also supports in app purchases with the aid of mobile billing and credit cards.
Yandex.Store has still a long way to go to match Google Play, since only last week Google announced that its app store had reached around 675k applications and 25 billion downloads. Yandex.Store launches at the end of the month and it will also take on the famous Amazon Appstore, among others.