AT&T Sheds More Light on Sideloading of Android Apps from Unknown Sources

A screenshot which leaked this past week gave us an idea that AT&T will actually allow sideloading of applications from unknown sources on Android devices. AT&T has now formally informed developers that the company plans to allow downloading of applications from unknown sources with future Android smartphones including some Android handsets that are currently available on the network. Other than allowing sideloading of applications a representative from AT&T said – “over the next few weeks, we will also roll out this capability to existing devices in our base for which an upgrade is possible”. Most members of the AT&T Developer Program received a notification yesterday  which stated that the company will start rolling out this feature with the recently launched Samsung Infuse 4G. Other devices will gradually get it through an OTA update.

AT&T however failed to mention as to which version of Android will be eligible for this update. Though preliminary reports and screenshots suggested that Froyo could be the one getting the update. The users with Android 2.1 Eclair on board are very unlikely to be getting this update. Devices like the Samsung Captivate, HTC Inspire 4G which run on Froyo could the first lot of devices to get this feature.

AT&T Sideloading of Apps

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