Their position about why they only allow market available apps to be installed that is. “Q. Why can’t apps be installed from sources outside of the Android Market?” Simple. Developer accountability. I, I mean… A.:
“Android Market, managed by Google, is open to all developers. There is no approval process for applications, they are all accepted by default and Google has stated that they place apps in the Android Market within 24 hours of their submission. AT&T selected Android Market as the exclusive source for applications because it forces developers to be accountable for the apps they submit. If the Android community has issues with an app, the app can be flagged and removed. This minimizes the risk of malicious apps harming customers and provides more protection to the customer’s private data stored on the phone.”
OK, OK, this is understandable. But still. I don’t like it, and I’m sure many of you don’t either. Then again… if you are installing experimental apps that aren’t in the market, you probably know how to make sure your device can already do so. What it really boils down to is this: One of the major selling points of Android is how open it is. The freedom to do what YOU like with YOUR device. AT&T is taking a little piece of that away from you. Involuntarily. Sure, there is no approval process so apps fly right in if devs so choose, but that only alleviates the sting a little. Because now, if a dev doesn’t put their app submission in right away, you don’t get to use it. End of story. Oh well I guess. Love it or hate it, I highly doubt the policy is going to up and change.