Most Android app developers rely solely on ads within their apps for revenue. When you take a feature like that away, developers will probably leave the platform. RIM is in a situation like this, as it has just been announced that the tablet will not feature support for mobile ads. This isn’t good for anyone, as developers for the platform will probably turn to charging for every app. That leads to few free apps, which affects users.
It sounds like this may not be forever though, as it was stated that ads may make its way to the platform in the future. RIM also offers a free PlayBook to Android developers who build apps for the PlayBook’s Android app player, but that may not be enough to sway developers. Even if developers stick around, their apps will probably cost $1 or more. Was this a smart move by RIM? Do you think developers will stay? Let us know in the comments!