According to a recent Networkworld.com article, RIM, or Research In Motion, the company responsible for the BlackBerry; has held an event offering application developers incentives to port (modify the app to run on the BlackBerry) their programs to the BlackBerry 10 platform. The event was apparently successful, because they got 15,000 app submissions. The app developers will receive US$100 for each app ported and accepted. This sounds like a great way to obtain apps for the BlackBerry 10 customers. However, donning my cynical hat for a moment, this may not be a good thing for RIM’s customers of the BlackBerry 10.
Does anyone remember the fiasco that occurred when Google provided apps for the Android platform from their Google Play site…you know, the ones that contained malware that infected the phones as soon as the app was downloaded? See Android Malware: Is Google Part Of The Problem? I suspect it’ll take RIM quite some time to run a good security check on these 15,000 apps to make sure there isn’t any malware contained in them. Surely RIM has learned a lesson from Google on this one…surely they have…well, let’s hope so. But, still wearing my cynical hat, I seriously doubt the security department at RIM will get enough time and resources to do a proper vetting of the apps. That’s because, they’ll most likely be overridden by the marketing department who has undoubtedly made a commitment to get BlackBerry 10 launched on January 30th…that’s two weeks from now.
My advice to anyone planning to buy a BlackBerry 10 device is to wait and let others, hopefully RIM, debug the apps for you. You’ll save yourself a lot of grief.
Be very careful…it’s dangerous out there.
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