Its social search app blocked by Facebook, Yandex (YNDX +2%) is hoping to have better luck...

|About: Yandex N.V. (YNDX)|By:, SA News Editor

Its social search app blocked by Facebook, Yandex (YNDX +2%) is hoping to have better luck offering a Google service alternative: the Russian search giant has launched Yandex.Store, an international Android app store containing 50K apps at launch time. That's well below the 700K+ offered by Google Play; Yandex is counting on a lack of deployment/usage fees to get carriers and OEMs to sign up. Also launched today is a 3D update to Yandex.Shell, the company's custom Android UI.