RIM to end side-loading on PlayBook – cites piracy concerns

RIM to end side-loading on PlayBook – cites piracy concerns
RIM has announced that it will drop support for side-loading apps. Alec Saunders, Vice President of Developer Relations at RIM, made the announcement on Twitter and then cited piracy concerns as the driving force behind this decision.

“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.

source: Electronista

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5 Comments

1. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Sinking ship? No thanks.

2. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 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: Apr 05, 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: Feb 20, 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: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 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.

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