There have been quite a few sideloading tools for BlackBerry 10 and the PlayBook over the years with their pros and cons. Terrence pointed out yet another project that is kicking off now in beta that tries to combine all of the sideloading functions into one. The developers is tied to BB10bars.net so you will be probably seeing some integration there. The goal of the project is essentially to offer the following functionality in one app:
- Downloading BAR files
- Converting APK files
- Installing BAR files
So far the current beta version allows for Installing BAR files, Downloading BAR files, Installer, uninstaller and shortcuts. Upcoming versions will add the APK converter and update tool. Check out the project page on BB10Bars.net for details along with this great thread the author started on CB forums. Hopefully they will give it a proper name soon.