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RIM to block sideloading apps to stop piracy

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 09 Apr 2012 10:37 User comments (10)

RIM to block sideloading apps to stop piracy RIM will soon remove the ability to sideload apps on the BlackBerry Playbook in an effort to block piracy.
The future firmware update to the operating system will block all installation of apps not directly from the BlackBerry App World.

BlackBerry VP of Developer Relations, Alec Saunders, tweeted "piracy is a huge problem for Android devs, and we don't want to duplicate the chaotic cesspool of Android market" in response to a question about the update.

Saunders did note there would probably be a solution for devs who need to test their apps.

The exec also claimed that some developers have refused to work with RIM until sideloading is banned.

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10 user comments

19.4.2012 22:52

A transparent ploy to try to close the gate, now that the horse is gone. Sorry, RIM, you're no Apple, and you don't have enough apps in your walled garden.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 09 Apr 2012 @ 10:52

210.4.2012 13:59

Don't worry couldn't come close to duplicating Android if you tried. Still, I have to support you in you efforts to make your products even less useful...that is quite a feat.

310.4.2012 14:10
Unverified new user

I really hope rim goes under after this incident we bought the playbook because we didnt want the apple ipad but something different with the added functionality of using android apps in a sandbox thats the reason why half a million playbooks were sold last quarter ,if they really dont want any more sales of playbooks and thousands of lawsuits in their hands i would recommend them to remove sideloading but if rim wants to sell more playbooks it must fire alec saunders.

410.4.2012 14:30

Final nail in coffin.
When will these people learn?

Oh, Im sorry... Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?

510.4.2012 17:57

Originally posted by ThePastor:
Final nail in coffin.
When will these people learn?
They won't, R.I.P. RIM

Keep your head up, keep alert, and don't let them take you by suprise.

610.4.2012 18:53

It's like Nokia and RIM are trying to beat each other to bankruptcy.

711.4.2012 03:24

RIM is planning to disable support for sideloaded apps on its BlackBerry PlayBook with a forthcoming update. The company’s vice president of Developer Relations, Alec Saunders, made the announcement via Twitter, saying that the move was to avoid the rampant piracy of apps, or in his words, the "chaotic cesspool of the Android Market."

Officially supported Android apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook were introduced with the PlayBook OS 2.0 update back in February, but the selection is still limited. Users wanting apps not yet available through the BlackBerry App World have been able to sideload the apps to their PlayBook through software on their computer...

811.4.2012 14:41

Yeah........real smart RIM!!!! NOT!

You should be trying everything possible to GET PEOPLE to want your phones. RIM will be bankrupt by 2022

913.4.2012 10:39

could someone explain to a none techie how the hell does one pirate an apps i mean I'm really that clueless.....I've never read this to be an issue on the crackberry forums so this to me is just a head turner making me HUH????? WTH.....????

1013.4.2012 10:42
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