Change paves way for Amazon Appstore downloads

AT&T Sideloading

It's a Christmas miracle, folks! Starting today, AT&T is pushing updates to select Android phones that will enable non-market installations -- app sideloading. And, more important, it means the Amazon Appstore will work on AT&T phones.

Who are the lucky ones? If you've got an HTC Inspire 4G or Aria, or a Samsung Captivate, keep an eye out for the update -- those are Froyo devices, if that helps. The new Samsung Infuse 4G already has sideloading enabled.

Good on AT&T for finally fixing this. We'd like to think it was our little editorial that did it, but more likely it was because the Amazon Appstore wasn't working (it sideloads apps, and we can't believe they didn't work that out beforehand). but whatever the reason, we'll take it.

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AT&T pushing updates to enable sideloading on older phones

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Haven't seen the update yet but I hope its soon since PopCap just announced exclusive apps of their popular games to Amazon. And on day 1 they will be free!

You should be able to get the amazon apps even without the AppStore on your phone. All you have to do is go to the amazon desktop site, and "purchase" the free app of the day and have it tied to your account. That way, when you get the side loading update, you will be able to install all those apps, even though you couldnt install them when you got them.

That won't work. In order to buy an app, even a free one, you have to effectively pair the device (at least one) with the app store. This is done by installing the app store app and logging in with your Amazon credentials. In order to install the Amazon app store app, you have to have sideloading enabled. It's a catch-22.

I have heard that they have had technical problems in getting it to work on the Atrix. Not that they just skipped it.

Notice how since AT&T lost exclusivity of the the iPhone, they are gradually uncrippling their line of Android phones? First uncapping their upload speeds...now this.

I'm glad to see they're finally coming around.

You wouldn't, because if memory serves, I recall you saying once that you use a Nexus One.

You have never had AT&T block sideloading because you have a vanilla Android phone & since yours isn't a 4G phone you haven't had AT&T cap your upload speeds to 3G, but just because you haven't experienced it doesn't mean that it wasn't happening & they haven't been slowly undoing those restrictions over recent months.

Here is proof of the capped speeds:
http://www.androidcentral.com/atrix-4g-inspire-4g-get-their-big-boy-hspu...

and another article about allowing sideloading, this time on the Inspire 4G:
http://www.androidcentral.com/att-re-enables-sideloading-infuse-4g

Edit: And is there any reason in particular that seemingly every time you post, you come off like you have a GIANT stick in your a**?

For the Atrix, maybe they're waiting for Moto to fix the SSL bug they introduced with the last update where all the bank apps stopped working.

Well I got around having to wait for my Atrix a week ago by rooting it and then allowing side loading apps. I am almost willing to bet if AT&T had not block side loading I would not of been so quick to root because biggest thing I wanted was the amazon Appp store.

Buy a high end smartphone: get ripped off the most by AT&T. First 4G, then sideloading... next will be netflix...

I suspect sitting in Congress answering a bunch of SKEPTICAL congressional inquiries about mergers makes at&t think they need to play nice for now.

Don't expect it to last. If they get to buy t-mobile they will be too big to control.

This comment: "Notice how since AT&T lost exclusivity of the the iPhone, they are gradually uncrippling their line of Android phones? First uncapping their upload speeds...now this.

I'm glad to see they're finally coming around."

makes way more sense then:

"I suspect sitting in Congress answering a bunch of SKEPTICAL congressional inquiries about mergers makes at&t think they need to play nice for now.

Don't expect it to last. If they get to buy t-mobile they will be too big to control."

Really? so many haters on the merger...

And so many juveniles slinging the word "haters".

There has been no uncrippling yet.
The only thing worse than AT&T's treatment of their customers would be a much larger AT&T (largest in the western hemisphere). People who can't see this are simply delusional.

Try "Realist".

My previous carrier was "merged" into AT&T. I gained nothing but restrictions. No improved coverage, no lower rates, no improved capabilities, no customer service improvements.

Some of us have been down this road before. My naïveté on such mergers ended long ago. Name one Telco merger that benefited the customer!

"I gained nothing but restrictions. No improved coverage, no lower rates, no improved capabilities, no customer service improvements."

LOL....and you stayed with AT&T why?

"LOL....and you stayed with AT&T why?"

He didn't say he did. The same thing happened to me. I used to be on the old AT&T Wireless which was soon gobbled up by Cingular (now AT&T). They smooth talked me into switching outright to Cingular. After the switch I could no longer get service in my own apartment (in suburban Seattle, not the country) even though I had four bars with AT&T Wireless. This is all while they were advertising "more bars" in commercials indicating that the two services were merged. I called them and they gave me no relief, just nonsense about how the towers weren't unified yet. I dumped them and went to T-Mobile and haven't looked back. Now I'm faced with being forced back into the carrier that I fled from.

I thought Cingular & Bellsouth were both bought by AT&T, not the other way around. All these years...I better do some googling.

From the Wikipedia Cingular article: 'Originally Cingular Wireless LLC, a joint venture between SBC Communications and BellSouth, the company acquired the old AT&T Wireless in 2004; SBC later acquired the original AT&T and re-branded as "The New AT&T". Cingular became wholly owned by AT&T in December 2006 as a result of AT&T's acquisition of BellSouth.'

My sister worked for the old AT&T Wireless at the time of the acquisition. It was definitely a takeover by Cingular and not the other way around.

Hey guys i'm on t-Mobile with the HTC Glacier but what about the Atrix?!?!?! i mean come on get with program we must haz theze

All I'm waiting for is Gingerbread...btw isn't the reason ATT doesn't allow 3rd party apps to protect your system? Because if so, I wouldn't be too fond of removing that protection.

Has anyone actually gotten this update yet? I've tried via the software update menu option and kies but no sign of the update...I also googled for more information about this update and there were no recent results...I also signed up for the notification email and have yet to receive one. I wonder if this was a bogus tip..

Same here...all I get is no update available. And whats with that stupid thing where you can only check for an update once in 24 hours? What if I just missed the release time, then I have to wait till the next day? Stupid. But I still love my phone and service.

If you go into manage applications, select to display all running apps, look for one called "device management"...select it and then select cleat data. reboot your phone and the 24 hours timer should be reset.

I still find it interesting that I still cannot find any info about it this morning and even AT&T's own forum doesnt mention any upcoming update..

I feel, though, that since the warning on my phone says it was for security reasons that all other sources were blocked, that AT&T has taken responsiblity for the apps in the Android Market. Also, they have implied that the spps found in the Market are not security risks but are safe and they have the liability if an app screws up my phone.

@antonum - That is a great tip about resetting the 24-hour timer. With prior OTA releases, I had been changing the date on my phone to a few days forward to see if I could get the update quicker. This time, I accidentally changed it to a month in advance and it said that I had to wait 700+ hours to be able to check for another update. I tried your fix and it worked perfectly. Thanks for the info!

I was just on-line via the Tech Support chat on the AT&T site and I asked the rep to confirm if she even saw that this OTA update was available and she said that she doesn't see it on her system. Not sure what to believe any more...

I called AT&T about this a little while ago and they said that the update would be available before the end of the month and it should start on may 26. Hopefully we get it before then :)

I have a HTC Inspire 4G and like most of you I checked for the new update and I got that messege were u could check again in 24 hours. About 2 hours after i did this i just randomly went into my Applications folder and i now have the option, (Unknown Sources: Allow installation of non-Market applications)

I called AT&T this afternoon and guided the tech support person to this site and this posting. She didnt know anything about it and asked some other support techs including the escalation techs and they hadnt heard anything about it.

She did something that would have resent any OTA updates available but I did not get this one. She said if it was available what she did would have forced it to my phone. I did see messages on my phone in response to what she did but nothing new was updated.

i just got off the phone with att tech support, they dont have anything about the update and said as far as he knows it isnt happening. can we stop posting stuff til u verify the information??? what

I have the Samsung Captivate and I've been checking updates almost daily for the past few months, and still nothing. Does anyone with the Captivate have this update yet? Is there anything special I must do to get it? I'm in Oregon, if it matters.

Also, here's what I've been doing:
I have Froyo. I've been going to Settings, then Software Update, then "Check For Updates" or whatever the wording is. It connects but never finds any updates on the server.

This is total B.S. I've had a Captivate for months now and there has been no such update. I have spoken with customer service at both AT&T and Samsung and neither of them is aware of any update.

There is indeed an update -- you just have to talk with the person with "XDM System Function Access", not all do.

That is, if you are not a prepaid account in which case "it is not supported", apparently ATT's way of punishing you if you do not pony up 60$ a month when you only need to make 5$ worth of phone calls a month and use the free wi-fi function.

Cheers,
L