HTC removes app sideloading from HTC Sync, world points finger at AT&T

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    HTC removes app sideloading from HTC Sync, world points finger at AT&T



    AT&T is gaining a poor repuation for limiting the capabilities of its Android handsets. However, last week it seemed like things could possibly be changing at AT&T. Last week, HTC released an update to its desktop-based HTC Sync software, which allowed AT&T Aria users the option to 'sideload' apps from the SDcard for the first time. Now we all know that 'sideloading' apps in Android is a basic feature of all Android phones, but has been disabled on all AT&T Androids.

    Too good to be true? AT&T finally turning the tide? Not quite, as yesterday, HTC removed the Application Installer (sideloading) option from its HTC Sync software. We suspect that HTC tried to slip this update past AT&T's watchdogs, but AT&T certainly caught on, and in less than a week, that basic feature is again disabled for Aria users. This certainly doesn't bode well for Android's future on AT&T. With the Samsung Captivate being released in the next few days, I wonder if that device will be locked down as well.

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    Again, big deal. People are really making too big a deal out of this. With Droid Explorer and/or adb.exe people have been "sideloading" and installing 3rd party apps from their PCs to their Backflips for months now. Really I'm not so sure why this was such big news to start with since it didn't really add anything that couldn't already be done.

    I guess people were excited to see it in the official HTC Sync software, but still.

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