I was happy when I first learned that BlackBerry followed my suggestions in my previous rant and opened up OTA Android app installs. Sadly they did not take it all the way and tear down the BlackBerry App World wall. As you can see in the screenshots above and below BlackBerry has allowed users to install Android APK files directly from the browser or in this case the file manager. There is a converter now on the device that turns it into a BAR file. The catch is that you CANNOT use this method to install native Cascades, WebWorks, or Adobe Air BlackBerry 10 applications. Notice the missing install button below:
I can understand that BlackBerry is doing this to be able to maintain the revenue they get from BlackBerry World. On the other hand as I have detailed before BlackBerry World has been doing a huge disservice to BlackBerry 10 since the launch.
What do you think about BlackBerry possibly allowing OTA Android app installs in future official builds but blocking native OTA BlackBerry 10 app installs?