AT&T confirms non-Market app sideloading coming to existing Android devices

When the Samsung Infuse 4G launched with the ability to install unsigned apps from third-party sources, a long-standing policy with AT&T was reversed. In every Android release up until the Infuse, AT&T had blocked the capability over concerns for user security. A recently leaked document suggested the carrier would be retro-actively enabling what has come to be known as app sideloading for several devices via updates, and now a spokesperson with AT&T is confirming the fact, saying, “over the next few weeks, we will also roll out this capability to existing devices in our base for which an upgrade is possible.”

The carrier points to a previous inability to “find nefarious apps and to take them down.” CTO John Donovan, for whatever reason, now feels Android on AT&T is at a place where he feels comfortable opening up their devices to third-party markets without feeling like users are at risk.

Thanks for looking out for us for so long, AT&T, but I think we got this one. Sure, there will always be a handful of users who make bad choices when it comes to putting third-party software on their devices, but Android users on other carriers have been making out with sideloading just fine. For those on AT&T, expect a wide range of current devices to have the ban lifted in the near future.

[via AllThingsD]

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  • Rlfetterhoff

    Thats great I hope they get to the Atrix soon 

  • MarcusDW

     Soooo what did AT&T accomplish by blocking sideloading anyway?

    • Scott Tompkins

       Ensured that I would never use AT&T, for one ;)

  • jasn

     Really? American carriers doesn’t even let you upload non-market apps? Damn.

    • Drew R

       AT&T is the only one.

      • MarcusDW


  • MrDSL

    Thanks Apple for letting your users who bought their phone with their money load apps onto their phone without your written permission.

    Opps I mean AT&T not Apple.. 

  • Al

    Apple and Iphone will not be one!!! Apple has always controlled theirs.

  • 3rd_input

    Too little too late. AT&T still sucks.

    • DannyB2

      If you don’t like this, and you’re on AT&T, complain to customer service by using your mobile to dial 666.

      Ooops, I meant 611.

  • Jdog25

     Nice AT&T-mobile.

  • Dirk DiGiorgio-Haag

    Not being able to sideload has made it more difficult for developers to test thier devices …

  • Len

     Grats guys. Its a start.. if AT&T brings back unlimited you guys will be alright. 

  • DarrenMR