RIM to end side-loading on PlayBook – cites piracy concerns
“Piracy is a huge problem for Android devs, and we don't want to duplicate the chaotic cesspool of Android market [Google Play store],” he said.
While RIM does have about 70,000 apps available in the BlackBerry app world, it must be feeling the heat considering the Windows Phone Marketplace just soared past with 80,000 apps the other day. RIM claims that in conversations with developers about porting their apps over to the PlayBook, several developers said they were not interested until app side-loading was removed due to the higher piracy rate amongst Android apps.
The other half of the equation is, developers who plan to release to App World often use side-loading to beta test their apps prior to submission. When asked about that, Saunders’ reply tweet eluded that RIM has an alternative solution in the works. While developers currently do have access to a sandbox in the BlackBerry App World, it doesn’t allow a closed beta to be conducted. Hopefully RIM will release a solution that meets in the middle by maintain control through the App World and gives developers the ability to test beta apps without making them available for general download.
2. Phoneguy007 (Posts: 218; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)
and i was just thinking to myself ...if only bb would allow google play on thier devices they just might live!
3. Republican (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
Good. Make the rabble pay for what they want to use. If they can't afford it,there is always the public library.
4. jump454 (Posts: 5; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)
chaotic = blackebrries reasoning for having the least ammount of apps. if you have only one choice, its much easier to choose.
5. belovedson (Posts: 821; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
rim your getting annoying. just bring the play store into the bb world or unlock the bootloader so we can customize our tablets or run a different os. im getting sick of waiting for the apps i use on android to be ported over.