It looks like a line in our Like a G6 parody I Got Kandi might soon be defunct because AT&T has moved forward on its plans to soften its restrictions on third party apps. So long sideloading! Well, at least for Infuse 4G customers.
The Infuse is the first Android based AT&T device that gives users access to the most coveted ‘Unknown Sources’ checkbox, allowing customers to download and install apps outside the Android Market. The carrier has long prohibited third party apps but the recent launch of the Amazon Appstore clearly forced AT&T to re-evaluate that restriction. “AT&T plans to offer the Amazon application store for Android smartphones, and we’re working to give our Android customers access to third party application stores,” the operator said in a statement last month. “This requires updates to our systems and finalizing arrangements with Amazon.”
This serves as promising news given the recent announcement of AT&T’s acquisition of Android friendly T Mobile. Many customers and developers shared valid concerns over whether or not the acquisition would affect access to and distribution of third party applications.
Currently most AT&T Android devices still restrict third party apps. For those customers, you can sideload apps onto your device with the help of Android Central’s Sideload Wonder Machine- no rooting required. Those of you with rooted Androids can now get the full MiKandi experience by downloading and installing premium adult apps from directly in the mobile app market- no sideloading necessary.