News by Dan Seifert on Saturday May 07, 2011.
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AT&T has traditionally blocked the installation of apps outside of the Android Market on the Android smartphones that it carries. This has prevented users on AT&T from accessing the Amazon Appstore and other third-party app stores since these app store applications, which do not come from the Android Market, cannot be installed. But now it appears that AT&T has finally changed its ways, as the Samsung INFUSE 4G has the ability to install non-market apps.
Users have to enable the setting to allow "untrusted" apps to be installed (this is common to all Android phones, no matter what network), but once that is done, the Amazon Appstore can be installed and apps can be downloaded through that. It is nice to see AT&T finally reversing its stance on this, as Android users have had to resort to less-than-official means to side-load (install outside of the Android Market) apps onto their phones. Hopefully, this will be a trend with the carrier and all future Android phones will have the ability. It would be nice if AT&T also updated its older with this capability as well, but we will take what we can get.
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