No Virtual currency allowed on RIM Appworld

A little while ago, I read that you aren’t allowed to sell virtual currency on the RIM(blackberry) Appworld.

“Virtual currencies or in-app credits – The BlackBerry Payment Service does not permit the sale of digital currencies or in-app credits that can be used to purchase digital goods. Using an intermediary currency to sell digital goods can cause confusion as to what exactly is being purchased.”

That’s just rubbish isn’t it?  There’s loads of apps on IOS devices that use virtual currency, and generate a lot of revenue. But RIM is now making sure that these popular apps wont appear on the Playbook for example, and that we as developers can’t use this type of revenue in our apps.

So you won’t see popular apps like the smurf village, appearing on the playbook. and it also prevents other businesses to make apps for the playbook. No casino apps, or even Party Poker etc.

Although its not my cup of tea, I know those apps and sites are generating a lot of revenue, and I think RIM is missing out.

I’ll stop griping now 🙂

Also, don’t forget to check out my Modplayer for playbook,  and if you already have? be sure to rate it in the appworld 😉


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  1. I had a brief play with a BlackBerry PlayBook at Orlando airport this monrnig. Most of it wasn’t functioning because there was no wifi connection, so it wasn’t possible to try out the browser or any of the web-dependent apps.a0Of course, the 7 inch screen just looked stupidly small next to my iPad. A point of sale display nearby boastfully proclaimed Amateur Hour Is Over (presumably a sly dig at the iPad), but all I could think of when I picked up the device was how it felt like a Fisher Price toy. It felt too light and too plasticky. It just isn’t a device that is in the same class as the iPad and I found it hard to take it seriously.a0My deep reservations about the form factor aside, the good news is that the QNX software is fast and fluid. It’s far more responsive than Android on the Galaxy Tab and far more polished than Honeycomb on the Motorola Xoom. Seeing all your open applications running live in the card view is really quite cool, but I didn’t get a chance to push the multitasking to the limit to see if performance would suffer in real world use.a0I hunted around for an app which would allow me to test the onscreen keyboard, eventually stumbling upon Word to Go (which looked pretty similar to the iPad version, I have to say).a0Unfortunately, that is where the similarity ended. Firing up the application and attempting to type in landscape mode was an exercise ina0frustration. Not only did the keyboard take up half of the already small screen, but the keyboard itself was only a three quarters of the width of an iPad’s and each key about two thirds the height. Worse still, there was no autocorrect, resulting in a large number of typos, even in the few short sentences I managed to type.a0Switching to portrait mode, I was more successful. Thumb-typing is definitely the way to go on the Playbook it feels really, really comfortable when held that way. The lack of autocorrect is still a handicap, however, with the keyboard depending upon complete accuracy when typing so the typos persisted. It felt great, but it didn’t work great. Moreover, can you imagine sitting in a business meeting with a Playbook held up in front of your face while taking notes?Overall, I think $499 is a steep price to pay for a device which is basically no more than a BlackBerry accessory. It may indeed find a market with some of the BlackBerry crowd, but the form factor alone severely limits its usefulness. My iPad has replaced a laptop for me; I couldn’t imagine the Playbook doing the same.

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