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Research In Motion is planning to restrict consumers and app developers from sideloading Android apps onto its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, according to Alec Saunders, company vice president of developer relations. "We're removing sideloading for consumers. Pretty sure we've got a solution for devs," reads a message posted on Saunders' Twitter feed. Saunders later referred to Google's Android Market, which was recently made part of the Google Play store, as a "chaotic cesspool."
Developers go where the money and people are. RIM is putting up a brave face, but sinking market share puts them in a very rough position. As a developer, there's little incentive to go to RIM's platform where iOS and Android are both so dominant. Microsoft has to go out and pay people to develop on their platform. RIM does get some interest, but its not a mass appeal. I want them to succeed to give people more quality options, but I think they're in a death spiral they can't recover from.