Android apps being submitted to BlackBerry App World without developer permission?

Daniel Bader

February 26, 2012 7:30 pm


One of the best reasons to upgrade your Playbook to OS 2.0 is its support of Android apps through an emulation engine called the Android Player. The use of such an app is fairly seamless, since it opens in a full screen window that incorporates many of the existing Playbook features such as swiping down to make the menu bar appear.

But there seems to be something fishy going on behind the scenes. Dolphin Browser HD, one of the most popular third-party browsers in the Android Market, was made available for download by a company called Handster. Turns out, though, Handster had nothing to do with the development of Dolphin, and merely packaged and submitted it to the BlackBerry App World in spite of of developer MoboTap. Handster seems to be submitting both free and paid Android apps to the App World irrespective of whether the original developer intended for it to be available.

Handster is a publishing company owned by none other than Opera, the creators of its own popular Android browser. MoboTap has expressed concern over this practice and is looking to have Dolphin Browser HD removed from the App World listings. I had a chance to test it myself and found performance to be about as poor as possible on a tablet, coming nowhere close to the fluidity of the native Playbook OS 2.0 browser.

MoboTap claimed, “We do not condone Handster submitting our Dolphin Browser app to BlackBerry’s App World for us and are currently working to take it down and assure Handster will not submit our app for us again. We will assess developing for BlackBerry when the time is right.” We think that is the correct strategy, and it’s unfortunate that the Android capabilities of the Playbook are being taken advantage of by publishers with dubious intentions.

Neither Handster or RIM have responded to calls for why third-party publishers are allowed to repackage and submit existing Android apps, but we’ll let you know if they do.

Source: Engadget

  • Betty Koyle

    Good old RIM messing up again, RIP…

    • briggs

      There’s a possibility that it was an automated process, and that RIM hasn’t had a chance to look over it yet. Or that a RIM employee simply didn’t know that Dolphin was developed by someone else. In any event, I’ll wait or RIM to explain themselves before declaring their death.

    • sp

      biggest troll of them all.

      please stop posting such comments. you make no sense and have no proof on anything you post.

      its like saying Betty Koyle messed up because all she does is post trollish comments against rim. Only difference is I have proof that this is true.

      Thank you…Good Night….Come Again

  • Will

    Handster notified all developers who have published their apps on Handster that they would be submitted to App World, Dolphin Browser just didn’t read the email and opt-out! This isn’t RIM messing up, its developers not paying attention.

    RIM has allowed Publishers to publish apps to App World on behalf of developers, and maintains a policy that if a developer submits the app themselves (after a publisher has already submitted it) the developers direct submission will replace the publishers. This program is just getting apps more exposure, and letting developers control how their app is distributed (they can opt-out of App World with the publisher such as Handster).

  • Kid.Canada

    Every small thing RIM does wrong = RIP? Great logic ur using there sir…

  • MidnightWatcher

    Betty, what makes you think this was RIM’s fault? For all we know, maybe you had a, well, Handster in it.

  • deltatux

    Hope RIM would quickly tighten up their App World, it’s kind of embarrassing for them to approve an app that is being published by an unauthorized third-party.

    Also, the Android Player isn’t much an emulator seeing how it’s just a variant of Java and Java is meant to run anywhere with the correct interpreter it needs. It’s just the Dalvik VM being integrated into Blackberry Tablet OS 2.0 than the traditional sense of an emulator.

  • Hub

    There can’t be anything good coming out of this.

    Android Player, the worst thing that could happen to the Blackberry Playbook apps: why should one write for this when they can just run Android apps (even if they need to resubmit)?

  • LeafsFan77

    @Betty Koyle, how is this RIM’s fault? Please explain?
    Handster submitted the applications not RIM.

    Read the Handster developer T&C’s, section 1.3, you will see Handster can distribute submitted apps where they want to.

    1.3 …In addition, Publisher [Handster], at its sole discretion and at any time, reserves the right to choose which distribution methods, if any, will be used to distribute the Software.

  • EvanKr

    Because RIM failing will definitely stimulate the Canadian economy…

  • Geoff

    No!! I use the Dolphin browser because I can’t get the Blackberry browser to save usernames and passwords (yes, I did make sure private browsing was turned off).