RIM Cutting Sideloaded App Support for PlayBook

Sam Byford, The Verge:

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.”

Funny how things like this and Flash Player support tend to shift toward the policies of iOS.

Monday, 9 April 2012