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Here are the first third-party apps for Android Wear

android_wear_introduction_video_screenshotWith Android Wear going up for pre-order yesterday, after Google announced the platform officially — did you buy one yet — it was only a matter of time before we started seeing third-party apps make their way to the wearable. It was a short wait indeed, as we have six new apps available for the watch — despite the fact that the SDK was only released yesterday. The six new apps are as follows:

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Sprint Continues to Upset With the Blocking of WiFi Tethering Apps

It was a while back that carriers caught on and started blocking customers from downloading wireless tethering apps from the Android Market. You may still be able to tether via USB cable but the wireless method is now all but extinct. Sprint held out the longest allowing customers to use their phones in conjunction with a third-party app to serve as a free wireless hotspot. Those days are gone my friends, Sprint devices are now too blocked from downloading such apps from the Android Market.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise because the Now Network has already put a cap on 4G mobile hotspots and broadband usage, charging $.05 for every MB exceeded. If your device is rooted though, you still have an option for stickin’ it to the man. You can sideload the third-party apps by doing so directly from their websites, ie. WiFi Tether. So although it sucks and pisses us off, lets at least be thankful for all those great developers out there who always have our back in a pinch. Thanks guys, you rock!

[via Android Police]

Want To Manually Enable Sideloading On Your Motorola Atrix 4G?

You know here at Talk Android we have nothing better to do than scour the web and find note worthy news, slap it on a spoon and force feed it directly to you, right?  Yeah, it’s kind of our motto.  And with that, here’s some worthy news for ya now.  As many of you know, Motorola, as no surprise, disabled the side loading of third party applications on the Atrix 4G.  But fret not my fellow Android lover.  You know where we go when we need a hack or a mod, right?  You guessed it, XDA members have provided a way for you to install third party applications the old fashion way.  Member gdanko has taken on the small project and provides a walkthrough for you over at the forums.  If you’re ready to give it a go, then head on over to the thread via the source link.  Don’t forget to head back over to Talk Android and let us know how well this is working for you.   Read more