RIM Stopping The Android Market “Cesspool” On The PlayBook

Reasearch In Motion has decided to drop the major bombshell and stop the ability to sideload Android apps on the Blackberry PlayBook. It’s reasoning? RIM highlights 53 percent of surveyed Android developers believe app piracy is either somewhat of a problem or a huge problem. This seems to fall in line with recent findings showing apps being published without (Android) developer consent. Here’s Alec Saunders, VP of Developer Relations summing it up best:

“[P]iracy is a huge problem for Android devs, and we don’t want to duplicate the chaotic cesspool of Android market.”

While it seems like it’s a direct attack on the Android platform, there’s actually some reasoning to his statement. The Android Market Play Store has a number of quality apps available, but every now and then users will have to search through a multitude of poorly developed apps in order to find the real jewels. RIM wants to keep the integrity of its own app store by keeping its app ecosystem full of quality apps— even if the number is dwarfed by what is found in the Play Store. That means reducing the number of unofficially ported apps to the PlayBook in favor of a smaller number of apps that were developed, tested and certified by developers and RIM.


source: GigaOM

  • http://twitter.com/darkcobalt Howard Ha

    I wonder if the average consumer would complain more about having to wade through the “cesspool” Android apps, or not having enough apps to use on their device?  Whenever I play with the Playbook I always fall under the second category.

  • nory826

    That VP from RIM really has some balls calling the play store and “cesspool,” without having Android apps on the Playbook, they would barely have any apps for people to use. Oh well, drop the play store RIM, you shouldn’t be able to use our apps anyway. That kind of pissed me off lol