Ma Bell changes position on side-loading apps

When demo units of the Samsung Infuse 4G first started going out, it was pointed out by several people that the side-loading of apps was enabled in the smartphone. Fortunately, that will stay true once the device is available, and will make it’s way to other AT&T branded Android devices as well.

In an interview with PCMag, Senior VP of Mobile Devices, Jeff Bradley, said that originally, AT&T blocked the option for network security. Now, however, it’s a different ballgame, and AT&T wants to take a more “open” stance against the feature:

“I think we’ll go more open. First and foremost we were genuinely concerned from a network bandwidth standpoint and a customer experience standpoint for not having any mechanism to take down a bad app. And the only way we could do it at the time was relying on Google to leverage what [security] they had in [the] Android Marketplace. We took a lot of negative publicity for doing it, but it was 100 percent driven by a desire to be able to have the ability to support our network and be able to help our customers. It really was.”

Exactly how previously released devices will be dealt with is a different story, but this is certainly a step in the right direction. Look for more information on the change as soon as it’s made available.

How does this make you feel dear readers? Is it about time, or could you care less? Let us know in the comments below.

Via Android Police

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