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On Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 08:22:10AM -0500, Derek Martin wrote:
> FWIW, my understanding (which may be partially wrong) is that if you
> download and develop with Android's SDK (available for all 3 major
> desktop OSes), it makes it possible to upload applications to your
> phone directly and test/use them. Whereas with Apple, things are more
> complicated, platform-dependent, and may even cost you a yearly
> subscription fee.

If you tell your Android phone to flip a particular
configuration bit ("Allow software installation from unknown
sources") then you can install an .apk package which has not
been signed, from any source. Copy it to a card, download it
over HTTP, no problems.

AT&T has chosen to ship the Backflip with this configuration
bit inaccessible. Only Android Market apps can be installed.
Also, AT&T ships apps on the device which cannot be removed.

I believe it is currently the only Android phone with these

The config bit, however, can be worked around in the way Derek

install the USB debugger, and run "adb install application.apk"
to bypass the signature check.


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