Pirated Apps are now appearing on BlackBerry App World
New Delhi, India, January 09, 2013: Its about to the launch of the BlackBerry 10 operating system, Research In Motion has caught up with another problem. A developer posted on Reddit saying that apps, which are found in the BlackBerry’s store and are packaged as BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 apps are actually Android apps.
“Apparently RIM has made it very easy to repackage existing Android apps for BB10 / Playbook OS. They even have an online tool that will take an Android APK and turn it into a BB-compatible BAR file that can then be published on BlackBerry App World.
Which is great, if it wasn’t for the fact that they don’t seem to check the origin of the apps. I recently had two users email me about certain compatibility problems. They did mention that they were using Playbooks, but I figured they were running some kind of Android ROM on their devices. I asked one of them for his Google account, and he informed me that he only had a BB ID, not a Google account, and that he had downloaded the app from BB App World.
Sure enough, someone had downloaded my app from Google Play, converted the APK and published it for BB using his account, along with half a dozen other Android apps that were obviously not his own. Most of them have since been taken down, but his account remains active, and he still has three apps published that look like they might be from Google Play.”
This might mar the image of BlackBerry as RIM has already started to send BlackBerry 10 devices to enterprises for testing. In a CNET report, a RIM spokesperson said, “If a developer believes that their copyright or trademark rights are being infringed by third-party content on the BlackBerry App World storefront, the developer can submit a complaint to our IP team and the issue will be reviewed. In the case of copyright or trademark violations, the offending content will be removed immediately.