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    Default will android always have the ability to download apks that aren't on the play store?

    Will Google ever get rid of being able to download apk files that's not in the play store?

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    Default Re: will android always have the ability to download apks that aren't on the play store?

    IMO, that would be very surprising, but I suppose anything is possible.
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    Default Re: will android always have the ability to download apks that aren't on the play store?

    Quote Originally Posted by ahawkua View Post
    Will Google ever get rid of being able to download apk files that's not in the play store?
    Probably not. Google has no reason to.

    Android is not a product Google is selling. They do not make their money from Android. It's just a means to an end for them. Anything that makes Android less popular is not in Google's interests.
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    Default Re: will android always have the ability to download apks that aren't on the play store?

    Think that would make a lot of people mad?

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    Default Re: will android always have the ability to download apks that aren't on the play store?

    Probably. I don't think Google has any control of APK's anyway since it's up to app devs to release those outside of the Play Store. Maybe they could eliminate the option to allow unknown sources....


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    Default Re: will android always have the ability to download apks that aren't on the play store?

    Even if they did an OEM or ROM developer could just put it right back in there. Samsung did it with uSD card support. It's pretty hard to permanently add or remove functionality in an open source OS.
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    Default Re: will android always have the ability to download apks that aren't on the play store?

    Quote Originally Posted by ahawkua View Post
    Think that would make a lot of people mad?
    Probably. Even if it did not, Google has no incentive to do it. Part of what makes their product appealing is the openness.

    Google makes it very clear that adding APK's is at your own risk...a warning pops up when you disable your security (which you have to do in order to install APKs manually).

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