AT&T Finally Listens To The People, Sideloading Available On All Devices From Here On Out

Not sure if it was the hundreds and thousands of AT&T users out there ranting and raving about the inability to side-load apps onto their devices or not, but it looks like AT&T is finally listening.  With the recent release of the Infuse 4G (unboxing & review) it was assumed that from here on out all future releases would be distributed in the same manner.  Man, are we glad our assumptions were correct!  AT&T has recently confirmed to developers that from here on out, no more disabling the side-loading feature on smartphones .  Thank you for listening to the people AT&T, we greatly appreciate it, for once.  Is there anyway you can get Motorola to stop implementing Motoblur on their devices?  Hey, I figure it was worth a try.  So what does this mean now?  It means you can finally hit up the Amazon App Store and download all of the cool apps Talk Android has been reviewing on a daily basis.  If you’re an AT&T customer, let us know what you think of your new found freedom in the comments below.

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About the Author: Joe Sirianni

Joe was born in New Jersey and spent most of his childhood moving around from state to state. He eventually made his way to Pennsylvania where he met his Portuguese beauty and made her his wife. He now has three great kids and full access to all of the Portuguese food he can eat. Joe's love for mobile technology began when he bought his first Palm Pilot, a Palm M130 and left it on top of his car, driving off, causing it to smash into a thousand pieces. Forced to buy a new device, he quickly discovered that specs were changing so rapidly he was buying a new device every six months just to keep up. Since then, he has constantly felt the need to have the latest and greatest. When the "smartphone" revolution began and integrating cell phones and PDA's was the norm, he quickly jumped to Windows Mobile for several years until the first Android device was launched, the T-Mobile G1. Joe began appreciating all of the free utilities Google provided and sold his soul (his precious data) to Google long before they got into the mobile OS business. So, there was no hesitation at all for him to jump on board and ride the Android train as an early adopter. And boy has it been a blast. Joe now works in the Engineering & Operations dept for a major mobile carrier where he remotely troubleshoots cell sites and loves being an Editor for TalkAndroid.


  • http://www.otecology.com Justin

    I’ve been using the sideload wonder machine to do this for a long time… This is not even news…

    • Joe Sirianni

      Justin,

      Your average consumer is not aware of this tool nor do most of them know how to operate it. They just expect apps to work on their device. In addition. You are held captive by your PC as that is a windows application. In my opinion, most users want to be able to download over the air directly from their devices while on the go.

  • FredOak

    No mention of previous devices though

  • Afstefan

    About time. But as someone else stated what about existing devices. Will the inspire be open for side loading when the update is released

    • Joe Sirianni

      I believe AT&T will be rolling out with an update for existing devices which will unlock the feature for you.

  • teh Dude

    Justin,
    No, yuo!!

  • Angela Gamblin

    That said update for EXISTING devices better be rolling out…AT&T has gotten a lot of my money. I wasn’t planning on upgrading any time soon.