RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook just got even less exciting
RIM cracks down on its PlayBook app offerings; says no more sideloading
In an effort to avoid the same problems that Google Play has seen with its Android apps and piracy, RIM announced that it will put an end to sideloading. The company is planning to crack down on developers by operating more like Apple. Alec Saunders, RIM’s vice president of developer relations, noted via Twitter that RIM is removing the sideloading feature for consumers, but is “pretty sure” there will be a “solution for devs.”
BlackBerry App World will now require testing and will put regulations in place before an app can be made available through its store. Apple already does that, and generally, iOS users appreciate the added sense of security. But Apple’s App Store also has a boatload of apps, so it’s a non-issue. RIM’s slim app selection, on the other hand, makes this announcement less than exciting for users and developers. As Gizmodo points out, PlayBook is even missing official apps for some of the most widely used social networks and services including Yelp, Tumblr, Spotify, Kindle and Twitter.
It’s only been a couple of months since RIM started allowing Android apps on its BlackBerry tablet, but that was apparently enough for Saunders. Glazing right over any facts or hard numbers, Saunders said that the company is trying to stay away from the “chaotic cesspool” that has plagued the Android Market.
The change is expected to roll out with OS 2.1.