When it comes to installing Android applications, there are two ways of going about it. The most popular, of course, is directly through the Android Market. And that's how most of us do it. But from time to time we need to be able to sideload apps. Maybe you purchased it directly from a developer or some other perfectly legitimate method.
Or maybe *ahem* your phone doesn't allow you to directly sideload apps, for whatever reason. And that's where the Android Central Sideload Wonder Machine comes in. We've rigged up a simple Windows program that allows you to install any .apk file (that's the extension for an Android app) via your computer. It's completely legit -- nobody's going to track you down and take away your phone -- it's completely free (and open source!) and now you're back on the same playing field as everybody else, no rooting necessary.
Want to see it in action first? No problem. Video and download instructions are after the break.
That's it. It's that easy. To download the program and get your sideload on, visit the Sideload Wonder Machine thread in our forums for Windows, Mac and Linux. Major props to our own Jerry Hildenbrand for this.
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