[Updated - it's official] No sideloading on the Inspire 4G
I dunno who said otherwise, but they're wrong. You can't sideload out of the box.
Good thing there's the Sideload Wonder Machine!
Update: Just got off the phone with HTC. They confirm that the Insipire 4G is not set up to sideload apps from outside the Android Market. The video showing otherwise is an anomaly, and they're not quite sure why. Don't expect your phone to do it. (But if it does, more power to you.)
Last edited by Phil Nickinson; 02-04-2011 at 03:17 PM. Reason: Upated with official response
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Another example is the Skyfire browser. They updated it to include that damn social networking bar at the bottom of the screen, so I backed up an older version to my computer. I want to be able to move that older Skyfire version to my new Inspire. Without Android Central's side downloading app I would be screwed.
One more example: cannot remember the name of the company but they sell HD games for Android and occasionally they give one away for free. They DO NOT release their games in the market tho, you have to be able to side download them. I have two free ones they released and I want to move these to my Inspire. I personally have about 10 apps I need to side download...not that they are "great" in general, but they are a necessity for me.
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I know I'm a newb to the forums and all, but what's the big deal about rooting/sideloading a BRAND NEW GD PHONE?? The only phone I have rooted (of the 4 I've had:OG Droid, Dinc, Droid2, DX) was the OG droid after froyo b/c the hardware couldn't take many of the minor processes. I'm a technophile like the rest of us in here, but I just don't get it. I'll admit, I'm intrigued by the Inspire, and I don't give a "tiny rat's behind"(Friends' credit) that it's locked down, cuz I can always root it and throw Cymod on it's back.
- 02-03-2011, 06:51 PM #15
Just another example: AT&T hides PDAnet in the Market. The only way to get it on my device is to side download it from a backup I made before they started hiding it.
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lol, I love how someone posts a video of it being doable, and it's pressumed that the phone is wonky and att = the devil.
I'm all for calling out a company when they deserve it, but obviously we don't know at this point. The only thing wonky right now is the assumptions being made.
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The point is you have to have a fair attitude towards all of this, because if we want to look at the history of at&t, android wasn't even a priority. Assuming that no sideloading will be possible out of the box here because that's the way past devices have worked sort of forgoes the notion of adaptive business models, which is precisely what at&t is currently doing right now as we speak with their new android line.
My only point is, don't call a chicken a chicken when it might be a horse. We don't know for sure yet, and there is enough evidence in front of us to build a logical case for sideloading to be an out of the box feature as there is that it will not be.
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I agree with you uberspeed. We need to not say for sure whether it is or isn't until we all get the device in our hands and can say for sure yes or no. I for one don't care either way. Like Phil and others said, Android Central has our back with the "Sideload Wonder Machine"! I'm not holding my breath of them allowing it, but will wait and see.