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RIM cutting sideloaded app support for PlayBook in attempt to avoid Android piracy 'cesspool'

RIM is removing the ability to sideload apps to the BlackBerry PlayBook in a future update of the OS, meaning owners will have to download and install software through BlackBerry App World. The move was announced on Twitter by the company's VP of Developer Relations, Alec Saunders, who said he was "pretty sure" there would be a solution for developers who need to test their apps. Saunders said the reason was to prevent piracy, citing figures from an unknown source saying that over a quarter of Android apps are downloaded illegally, and calling Google Play a "chaotic cesspool."

While BlackBerry App World doesn't have anywhere near the volume of apps that Android enjoys, it's apparently more profitable, and Saunders claims that there are developers who refuse to work with RIM until sideloading support is removed. Until the company has a solid, modern smartphone platform to build on, however, we're not sure the change will amount to much.

Source: The Verge

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RIM keeps digging....and digging....

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Haha my thoughts exactly remixedcat

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They really don't want people buying their products, don't they?

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yep rim just keep driving people away

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lol, better sideload them now while I can.. People will figure out how to get around it.

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The move was announced on Twitter by the company's VP of Developer Relations, Alec Saunders, who said he was "pretty sure" there would be a solution for developers who need to test their apps.

Source: The Verge

I'm sorry, but that would make me (if I were a developer) shake in my boots if they were only 'pretty sure' I would still be able to test my apps.

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I can find just as many, if not more, iOS apps to download on torrent sites and pirate as I can Android Apps. I never pirated an android app since I want to get updates and a few bucks isnt a lot of money.

RIM is just so butt hurt over android because they handed them their asses on a platter and beat them down so bad that they are struggling to stay afloat.

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Apparently they've already backpedaled.

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