AT&T to allow Third Party Android Apps for Android Carriers Smartphones
AT&T finally announced that it will allow third party apps to be installed on its Android phones. Samsung Infuse 4G is the thinnest Smartphone announced for AT&T and will be released on May 15 and starting with this Smartphone the carrier allow third party app.
Jeff Bradley, AT&T’s Senior Vice President of Mobile Devices explained the initial reluctance to allow third-party apps when he said, “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.
The announcement may finally open to install Amazon app store for for Android and and even games from Gameloft and EA who don’t put their games up on the Android Market. it can only be good news for AT&T customers although many will have to wait for their next Android phone to take advantage of AT&T’s change in thinking.