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Fart Apps, Web Launchers, and Browsers Disqualified from Free BlackBerry PlayBook Offer

cippifartingchipmunk.JPGYay RIM! After digging a little into the free BlackBerry PlayBook offer at Marc’s behest I noticed this one paragraph in the terms and conditions.

4.1 Applications must provide a functionality that is considered useful to the end user, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole and absolute discretion. Applications must comply with the Guidelines and these Terms and Conditions. However, the following categories of applications are specifically excluded from eligibility for the Offer:

(a) Web launchers or shortcuts;
(b) Web browsers; and
(c) Applications that provide a simple, single function, such as playing noise or displaying a graphic.

I am not sure why Web Browsers are specifically excluded but my guess is that RIM thinks their WebKit browser will blow all others away. Still I love the fact that RIM finally admits that Web Launchers and shortcuts do not count as “useful” by RIM. FINALLY. For years RIM has peddled these web shortcuts as apps so it is nice to see even RIM question their value. RIM has also made a point of disqualifying fart apps by excluding any apps that “provide a simple, single function, such as playing noise or displaying a graphic.”

It should be interesting to see what submissions RIM gets. Hopefully they won’t get inundated with eBook “Apps” which RIM has not excluded for some reason even though they are currently running rampant (almost 3,500 of them) on App World…

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  1. “It should be interesting to see what submissions RIM gets. Hopefully they won’t get inundated with eBook “Apps” which RIM has not excluded for some reason even though they are currently running rampant (almost 3,500 of them) on App World…”

    I’ve sent a couple messages and tweets asking about this – and why they’re not excluded from search results at least. Alas, no reply…

    Now to think of a useful app to publish. I was considering a BBSSH port, but having looked through the API I’ve seen that there’s *no* security/crypto API — unfortunately this would mean implementing not only the SSH protocol and terminal emulation in actionscript, but also the underlying cryptographic functions themselves. I think I’m not THAT much a glutton for punishment… and even a dual core CPU might object to that load.

  2. I agree. The shortcut icons and the stupid applications like FART apps shouldn’t be rewarded. How retarded do they think the end user is…oh, wait…paid flashlight and memory apps. My bad!

  3. Honestly they set the bar pretty low there. If you can’t create an app that does more then that, you are not really a developer that they need anyhow…

  4. Let’s hope single channel podcast and streaming radio and such are also excluded. Actually I wish RIM would ban them completely right now. I guess they are desperate for “app” numbers in the app store wars. :(

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