Jan, 16 2015

The Motorola Backflip has its lovers and has its haters – but lets put this particularly unique piece of hardware aside. A good portion of the phone’s criticism has come because of AT&T’s insistence on locking down Android. Not only do they bloat up you phone with ATTware, prevent you from removing/deleteing said bloat, but they also don’t allow you to install .APK files from anywhere besides Android Market.

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FOOEY! If you’re the type of person who wants no part of that nonsense, there IS a way to finagle your way around those limitations. Over at XDA they’ve got a complete guide to setting up ADB (developer’s tool) on your computer, connecting your backflip via USB, and moving/installing non-market android applications directly to your Backflip.

The beauty of this is it can be done without rooting your device, something that scares away a good portion of the masses, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t proceed with caution. You should – and this is me going on the record stating that. So yeah, proceed with caution and enjoy your APKs from here, from there, from everywhere!

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