AT&T users have long been denied the ability to install applications unavailable on the Android Market on their device, but these strict lockdowns may soon be lifted!
It’s been reported that during a private press conference AT&T announced that it’s soon-to-be-released Samsung Infuse 4G (set to launch May 15 for $199.99) offers the ability to install applications from unknown sources, being the first Android device from the carrier to do so.
It’s unknown whether existing devices will receive updates enabling the feature, but it’s safe to assume future devices will all follow suit.
Phillip Berne, a Samsung employee, managed to snag a pre-release device and confirm the announcement with a tweet this evening:
“@philipberne: @Det_Conan_Kudo My retail-box Infuse 4G has the “Unknown sources” option under Applications. Hope that’s true for all of them.”
The Samsung Infuse 4G’s specs are reported as follows:
• Software: Android 2.2 Froyo, TouchWiz 3.0
• CPU: 1.2 GHz Hummingbird (single-core)
• RAM: 768 MB
• Display: 4.5 inches, 480×800
• External Memory: microSD (16 GB card included)
• Camera: 8MP rear-facing, 720p HD video recording + full HDMI playback; 1.3 MP front-facing
• Battery: 1,450 mAh, 6.5 hours talk-time, 15 days standby
Note: GizmoDigit will be putting out a full review upon the phone’s release.
There you have it, AT&T customers. YYou called (no pun intended) and your carrier listened…now go and enjoy the free apps of the day from the Amazon Appstore!
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