AT&T finally opens up Android phones to third-party applications

AT&T finally opens up Android phones to third-party applications

Summary: AT&T confirmed the news to application developers, informing them that its Android phones would no longer be locked to one app store.

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AT&T is finally seeing the light on allowing its Android customers to download third-party applications.

The ability, known as "sideloading" allows users to go beyond the purview of AT&T own application store. AT&T confirmed the news to application developers earlier today, informing them that its phones would no longer be locked to first-party apps. The confirmation comes a day after the company began pushing updates to the HTC Inspire 4G, Aria, and Samsung Captivate. The Infuse 4G ships with the capability.

The move is significant for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that it allows AT&T's Android subscribers to finally access Amazon's Appstore. More significant, however, is that with the move the company is finally drawing closer to giving Android users what they want: a truly open phone. You may now applaud.

Here's the entirety of AT&T's message:

In March we announced our intent to provide Android customers access to the Amazon Appstore. Future Android devices (starting with the Infuse 4G) will come with the option that will allow users to change their settings in order to access content from third party application stores.

[Via AndroidCentral]

Topics: Telcos, Mobility, AT&T

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  • RE: AT&T finally opens up Android phones to third-party applications

    As long as your carrier is in control of your phone's bootloader, you'll never have a fully open phone.
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  • RE: AT&T finally opens up Android phones to third-party applications

    Better late then never AT&T.
    Bates_
  • RE: AT&T finally opens up Android phones to third-party applications

    I may just stay with ATT. Finally one of the Carriers learning that the App store is add on value but not the primary value of being the carrier. Woo Hooo! In other words, you can have your own app store, but don't screw around with your users ability to get apps. Otherwise the battle becomes who has the best apps and the app makers will have you be the short hairs.
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