RIM is treading a fine line with the whole sideloaded Android apps on the PlayBook tablet thing: the more apps that are available, the better for consumers.
But if sideloading also means sidestepping when it comes to costs and quality, the very developers RIM is trying to woo will be alienated. So it's decided to nip the whole thing in the bud.
RIM has decided it would rather have end users having to wait a little longer – and perhaps pay a bit more – for native versions of apps to be released than lose the support of developers altogether. In other words, sideloading is soon to be no more, set to be cut off in a future update, says Crackberry.
Whether that's a good thing or not depends largely on where you're placed in the ecosystem, of course, but RIM has had enough troubles with keeping developers interested in the past that it's the only decision that makes sense.
RIM vice-president of developer relations Alec Saunders explained the company's rationale via Twitter, also taking the opportunity to have a pop at Android.
“We’re removing sideloading for consumers,” he revealed.
“Piracy is a huge problem for Android devs, and we don’t want to duplicate the chaotic cesspool of Android Market.”
Cesspool or no, we're pretty sure which set of problems we'd prefer to have...