PocketGear Buys Handango, Merging the Two Largest Cross-Platform App Stores

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As of today, PocketGear has acquired Handango, creating the world’s largest cross-platform app store with a catalog of more than 140,000 paid and free titles. It offers software for smartphones running the Android OS, Symbian OS, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Palm, Linux, and Java.

PocketGear and Handango were the two largest independent app stores, and over the years have generated over $400 million in sales from customers living in more than 175 countries and using over 2,000 different models.

Bigger than Many Realize
Although not everyone with a smartphone is familiar with PocketGear or Handango, many people who might think they have never heard either name have actually used one of their stores. Between the two, they handle online smartphone Software Sales for Research in Motion, Microsoft, T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Samsung, LG, and Sony Ericsson.

“Our vision is to facilitate an open app store ecosystem that supports every mobile device, every application, and every carrier network globally,” said Jud Bowman, President and CEO of PocketGear.  “By combining the two largest independent app store companies, we’re creating significantly more scale and value for all of the stakeholders in the open app store ecosystem.”

Jud Bowman will remain as President and CEO of PocketGear and Alex Bloom, current chief executive of Handango, will become Chief Operating Officer of PocketGear.

Source: PocketGear



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