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RIM to move BlackBerry PlayBook away from 'cesspool' of Android market

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Research In Motion intends to drop the ability for BlackBerry PlayBook users to sideload Android apps onto the device, as part of plans to avoid the "chaotic cesspool" of Google's apps market.

Alec Saunders, RIM's vice president of developer relations, tweeted a small survey of 75 Android app developers, which indicated that 53% viewed app piracy as somewhat of a problem, or a huge problem.

Saunders told Ars Technica that there have been instances of developers sideloading free Android apps onto the PlayBook that aren't actually theirs.

Crackberry also notes that sideloading Android apps often results in a buggy and low quality experience on the PlayBook.

"[P]iracy is a huge problem for Android devs, and we don't want to duplicate the chaotic cesspool of Android market," tweeted Saunders.

But the RIM VP's criticism rings a bit hollow when considering the torrid time that the PlayBook has endured since its launch last year, as a massive price cut was required from RIM to address sluggish consumer demand.

Despite recently rolling out a new operating system improving performance, it is estimated that only around 1.35m PlayBooks have been sold since the device hit stores in spring 2011.

This means it has had a tiny impact in the tablet market compared to Apple's iPad and products running Google Android. The PlayBook is also soon expected to face stiff competition from a raft of new devices running Micorsoft's Windows 8 operating system

RIM was recently forced to hurriedly deny it was retreating from the consumer market following a disastrous set of quarterly results, which prompted RIM co-founder Jim Balsillie to depart the firm.

However, Saunders does make a reasonable point about the Android market, now known as Google Play, as it has been dogged with complaints about piracy and even apps containing malware getting approved by the Google gatekeepers.

Google has various issues to address if it really wants Google Play to truly rival the iOS App Store, which crucially has a much better rate of users browsing apps and then actually making a purchase.

If reports are to be believed, the US search giant has already started attempting to push all app developers to use its Google Wallet payments service rather than rival offerings, in order to create a less confusing experience for consumers.

However, Google must also work on creating a more seamless search system for apps, and be more rigorous in checking for low-quality and rogue apps.

This is required if Google Play is really to gain the trust of consumers, as well as increase sales conversion rates to boost the profits of legitimate developers.

> Google Play 'considering movie sales'

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