AT&T infamously prevented users from sideloading apps onto their Android apps since the first such “open” device hit the carrier. Now AT&T will start letting users sideload apps, meaning AT&T customers can finally enjoy the pleasures of the Amazon Appstore.
Starting with the Samsung Infuse 4G, five Android devices on AT&T will get an OTA update to enable the option to sideload apps. The other four devices at the HTC Inspire 4G, Samsung Captivate, HTC Aria and LG Thunder. All of these phones will receive the update over the next few weeks. Noticeably absent is the Motorola Atrix. Fret not Atrix users, your phone will get the update, but only after a “future maintenance release” from Motorola.
After the OTA update users will be able to go into Setting and allow third-party applications to installed on their phones, just like everyone else. That means that they’ll get a chance to get the ad-free version of Angry Birds Rio, and the two-week exclusives of Chuzzle and Plants vs Zombies. There are other apps to download as well, like Grooveshark which recently got kicked out of the Market, or any other app that has been deemed unworthy of the Android Market. But, the most likely thing AT&T users will do with their newfound freedom is download the Amazon Appstore to get their free apps every day.