GizmoDigit reported earlier about the AT&T Samsung Infuse 4G having the ability to install packages from “unknown sources”, leading communities to believe future Android devices on the network would include similar abilities.
It’s official, now. AT&T announced to developers today that “future Android devices” would have the option to allow side-loading applications on devices. There’s no word on whether existing devices on AT&T will receive updates to enable the ability.
“In March, we announced our internet to provide AT&T Android customers access to the Amazon Appstore. Future Android devices (starting with the Samsung 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.”
This is a great victory for Amazon’s Appstore, who had since been “locked out” of all phones on the AT&T network (besides for those that found alternatives to side-load applications). This is also a definite step in the right direction for AT&T, as it’s ways of locking down user’s devices was likely effected (at the least) a small group of customer’s decisions regarding using the company.
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