Over the last few weeks we have seen a bit of RIMs vision on how they plan on integrating BlackBerry ID closer into the BlackBerry OS. This had me thinking over the weekend what this could possibly mean for leaked BlackBerry OS betas and the apps that are extracted from them. Currently RIM could really track down who is using leaked OS versions through PIN numbers or BIS but they choose not to. Once RIM integrates the sort of “single sign on” provided by BlackBerry ID will they be more proactive?
Think about it for a second. For example, in the beta zone RIM could simply integrate BlackBerry ID and authorize certain apps based on your ID. They could also do the same thing with BlackBerry OS beta builds simply authorizing them only on certain logins. Don’t get me wrong I am sure Hybrid builders could find a way around “Frankenstein-ing” an OS update out of its parts but its an interesting concept. I have always said it is ridiculous that RIM almost 10 logins/profiles for different systems for customers ranging from BBM, Forums, BIS, Developers, App World Vendors, etc and they need to consolidate them. The question is what will they do with the consolidation.
What do you think? Will BlackBerry ID mark the downfall of leaked OS builds and apps?