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RIM To Take On BlackBerry PlayBook Pirated Android Apps

In February, Research in Motion (RIM) released PlayBook OS 2.0, which allows owners of the device to install and run Android applications. However, these apps still need to be repackaged by the developers, and have to run in an emulator environment on that very device.

These repurposed Android apps can be downloaded from the BlackBerry App World store, but there are currently a number of pirated apps that can be downloaded for the PlayBook. These applications are unofficial versions that have been repackaged, by people other than the developers.

As these pirated apps are downloaded outside of the BlackBerry App World and Android Market, the developers aren't earning any income from the apps - which should require payment. In a move to protect the developers, RIM are going to doing something about it.

"We're removing sideloading for customers," explained Alec Saunders, RIM's VP of Developer Relations, on Twitter. "Piracy is a huge problem for Android devs, and we don't want to duplicate the chaotic cesspool of Android Market. Pretty sure we've got a solutions for devs."

The solution will be to release a software update that blocks the ability to sideload applications, where Android Apps will then only be available through the official BlackBerry App World.

Source: Information Week (opens in new tab)