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RIM moves against piracy on PlayBook to avoid ‘the chaotic cesspool’ of Google Play

by David Needle

April 9 2012

Research In Motion says it plans to move against software piracy by restricting the so-called sideloading of apps on the BlackBerry Playbook.
Research In Motion says it plans to move against software piracy by restricting the so-called sideloading of apps on the BlackBerry Playbook.

In a move that brings the PlayBook closer to Apple’s App Store model in terms of control, Research in Motion said it plans to restrict user’s ability to “sideload” applications the company hasn’t approved.

A future update to the PlayBook operating system will require users to download and install apps through RIM’s BlackBerry World. 

Alec Saunders, RIM’s VP of developer relations, announced the move on Twitter and said it was needed to prevent piracy. Saunders also claimed over a quarter  of Android apps are downloaded illegally. In one of his tweets Saunders said RIM was taking action to avoid “the chaotic cesspool of Android market” (Google’s app store recently renamed to Google Play). 

Alec Saunders ‏ @asaunders

@blondeboyofdoom piracy is a huge problem for Android devs, and we don't want to duplicate the chaotic cesspool of Android market 

More details are still to be worked out. In another tweet Saunders said RIM was removing sideloading for consumers and said he was “Pretty sure we've got a solution for devs” to test their apps. 

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