Beleaguered RIM pulls PlayBook app sideloads, says Android 25% pirated

Beleaguered “RIM is dropping app sideloading support from the BlackBerry PlayBook in a bid to prevent the problems that have plagued Android, the company’s Developer Relations VP Alec Saunders stated earlier in the week,” Electronista reports. “The company would have a ‘solution’ for developers to do it in testing, but the end user would have to go through BlackBerry App World, much like Apple does with the App Store. He believed Android had a rampant problem with piracy, where about a quarter of material was pirated.”

“Saunders didn’t clarify whether that meant the number of apps in the store or the volume of downloads. Regardless, he saw developers as being worried about losing too much revenue and preferring the lockdown to a possibly very troubled Google Play Store,” Electronista reports. “‘Piracy is a huge problem for Android devs, and we don’t want to duplicate the chaotic cesspool of Android Market [now Google Play],’ he said.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Amateur hour at the chaotic cesspool is now over.


  1. I thought closed stores are Evil?

    Just another blow to the zealots that. Relieve Apple does what it does from some need to abuse it’s customers, as opposed to the fact that Apple does what it does to protect customers.

  2. Wait! Only 25% are pirated? Don’t they mean that only 25% are purchased? EVERYONE I know with an Android phone steals their software- I don’t know a single person who buys anything.

    Me, I’ll stick with my 99¢ apps, thank you very much…

    1. They really are right when they say android is for nerds…

      dishonest nerds. THe same people who torrent all kinds of software off the internet for free.

      iPhones are for people with class and integrity. 🙂

  3. Wow! Who saw THIS coming?!
    The Google-Android corporate strategy of pandering to a client base which prefers things free, or stolen, and this business model is not working out?


    1. Google’s strategy is working fine, as they collect all kinds of personal data of cheapskate pirates. It’s the ad companies who buy that data from Google, and the device manufacturers who are losing money in spite of getting a free OS, who are struggling.

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