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Updated: BlackBerry PlayBook OS v2.0.0.3894 Developer Beta Available – App World Removed!

Update: RIM let us know that their note in their blog post this morning that said App World not being included in this version of the PlayBook OS 2.0 developer build “was a typo that has since been removed.”  Hopefully that means RIM is not even considering it anymore. Now I can finally download the update and check for myself.

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RIM has rolled out an update to the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Developer Beta bringing it to v2.0.0.3894. This is not the regular consumer build and to ensure that RIM has taken the DRASTIC measure of removing App World from the developer build in this update. That means you can only sideload applications for testing. The problem is that RIM has essentially turned the developer build from something you could more or less still use regularly and test on to a device that is for development only. There is a reason other OS development builds of upcoming OS releases like Windows, iOS, etc DO NOT DO THIS! It pisses developers off!

Either way if you want to update to this new developer build you will get updates that include two development improvements including:

  • BlackBerry WebWorks applications can now successfully call GPS
  • Wi-Fi® profiles are now saved and no longer disappear during tablet reboots

I really hope RIM reconsiders this mistakenly altruistic idiotic approach of removing App World. Make sure to let them know on the BlackBerry Dev Blog. I for one will not be upgrading but let us know if there is anything new if you do.

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  1. That sucks. I guess I’ll stay away from 2.0 for now.

  2. boooo

  3. BOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

  4. lol what???

    this deserves some explaining me thinks…

    everyone tweet Alex Saunders at @asaunders for answers…

  5. I was waiting for this to happen. Every site (even non-BlackBerry) were telling users to get the OS 2.0 build and use it for everyday and not just testing. So who didn’t see this coming? lol

    • Yeah but there is a reason companies do not do things like this. It would be like Windows releasing public betas of Windows 8 that you could not install apps on. Or Apple releasing iOS or Mac OSX dev build updates that did not have iTunes. Or Google/Mozilla releasing Chrome/Firefox updates that could not install plugins through the plugin market…
      Do I need to go on? It is a really good way to stop people from using the bleeding edge software but it pisses off people along the way. No developer or hardcore user wants to carry around a brick for testing.

      • Oh I agree with you completely. I just chuckled when I saw your post. I just figured it would be coming.

        I had to wipe my Playbook last month and one thing I now avoid is trying to sideload. It isn’t tedious, but it’s a small hassle. So I understand the devs too!

  6. I suspect the intention in this is to stop idiots from using 2.0 then writing negative reviews on developers apps on App World complaining that they do not work properly. Developers shouldn’t have to deal with support and negative publicity when their apps haven’t been tested to work perfectly on a beta OS months away from public release.

    Though as someone who uses 2.0 on my main device, this move sucks! Guess I’ll be keeping it at the current version for a while longer.

  7. My App World is intact after the upgrade.

  8. Looks like RIM is trying to retract:
    http://www.berryreview.com/2011/11/02/rim-deletes-mention-of-removing-app-world-from-playbook-os-2-0-developer-beta/

    Now it no longer says in their announcement that they are removing App World. I cannot try the update again because I am away from Wi-Fi but let me know what you guys find.

  9. RIM let us know that their note in their blog post this morning that said App World not being included in this version of the PlayBook OS 2.0 developer build “was a typo that has since been removed.” Hopefully that means RIM is not even considering it anymore. Now I can finally download the update and check for myself. :)

  10. Too bad they haven’t fixed the browser…

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