1. int19's Avatar
    Thinking about the plight of BB10 and it's dearth of apps...

    We all know that native BlackBerry apps can be sideloaded, and Android APKs installed directly from downloaded files.

    What if BlackBerry allowed native apps to be installed directly from the Web without the need of an app store? This could potentially spark a huge amount of interest from developers, especially those who are interested in porting their free, open-source projects across.

    Either way, blackberry aren't likely to ever generate substantial revenues from their store - at least this way gives consumers a choice. And for many users, the draconian policies of the Apple Web store might be enough to get them to switch platforms, especially if it gives them more freedom to develop and create as they see fit.

    Furthermore, it would be a great advertisement for the intrinsic security of BlackBerry 10.

    What do you all reckon?

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    09-29-15 02:15 AM
  2. Richard Buckley's Avatar
    You mean like it was in BBOS 4 days before BlackBerry started their applications store? As a BlackBerry developer I certainly don't want to go back to those days. Paying for development tools. Setting up your own website to distribute the application, or using one of the cut throat commercial sites.

    LeapSTR100-2/10.3.2.2639
    09-29-15 04:45 AM
  3. int19's Avatar
    The app store is great - but what about giving those developers that don't want to go through the approval process an avenue to publish their own software? One doesn't have to replace the other.

    Palm and Maemo both had thriving development communities because the toolchains were free.

    Posted via CB10
    09-29-15 06:30 AM
  4. Emaderton3's Avatar
    Don't you increase the risk of malware then?

    Posted via CB10
    09-29-15 07:24 AM
  5. Fastmarc's Avatar
    ^ ^ ^ I would expect tremendously.

    Posted via CB10
    09-29-15 07:27 AM
  6. Richard Buckley's Avatar
    The app store is great - but what about giving those developers that don't want to go through the approval process an avenue to publish their own software? One doesn't have to replace the other.

    Palm and Maemo both had thriving development communities because the toolchains were free.

    Posted via CB10
    The Beta Zone and BlackBerry World sandbox would both allow that. The tools to allow anyone to upload a signed application come along with the developer tools so a use could download a BAR and install it using those tools. Some enterprising Crackberrians have built a system that uses those tools and a VPN to allow users to install any BAR they want to. Finally anyone using a BES, either full or cloud version, has their own application store. But since no one is vetting any of these applications the risk over maleware goes up, some way more than others. As a developer I would not want to go back to the wild west model with the piracy and maleware potential. If bbw goes away, my distribution of applications to the public will be over.

    LeapSTR100-2/10.3.2.2639
    09-29-15 12:32 PM

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