Do iPhone users get the shaft? YES!

This week, Nixie Pixel asks, “Do Android users get all the smutty apps while iPhone users get the shaft?”

Uh, YEAH!
… and not in the good way either, amiriteladies? ;)

Jen at MiKandi gives her two cents.

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AT&T allows third party apps on select devices

AT&T Android customers, your cries have been heard! Last week we learned that AT&T opened the Infuse 4G to third party apps, and this week it appears the carrier has added more devices to its Unknown Sources OK roster. This mean those of you with an HTC Inspire 4G, Aria, or Samsung Captivate will be able to download the Amazon Appstore, and more importantly, the MiKandi App Market!

Back in March, GeekWire.com asked MiKandi co-founders Jesse Adams and Jennifer McEwen for their thoughts on AT&T’s third party app restriction. Adams had this to say,

We’ve had a lot of problems with AT&T because they don’t allow third-party apps (outside of the Android Marketplace). We get a lot of complaints from customers who are thinking Android is awesome, it’s open, very cool, bought an Android just because they thought they could get adult apps, and they send us an email asking why it doesn’t work, and we have to let them know it’s because AT&T doesn’t allow it. So when Amazon has the exclusive on an app like Angry Birds Rio that everyone loves, AT&T is going to have to reconsider the blocking of third-party apps.

We’re very happy to see that AT&T is listening to their customers and is taking steps to offer customers more freedom and control over their devices. As McEwen puts it,

What’s important is that companies need to learn to treat customers as adults, and not restrict them out of fear of upsetting another group. That’s the approach we like to take with customers. We want to treat you as adults.

Much props to Android Central for breaking the news. Even bigger props to AT&T for treating its customers as adults!

 

AT&T to allow third party apps on Android devices

Glad you two worked it out, I'll go ahead and check off this box now. kthxbai

It looks like a line in our Like a G6 parody I Got Kandi might soon be defunct because AT&T has moved forward on its plans to soften its restrictions on third party apps. So long sideloading! Well, at least for Infuse 4G customers.

The Infuse is the first Android based AT&T device that gives users access to the most coveted ‘Unknown Sources’ checkbox, allowing customers to download and install apps outside the Android Market. The carrier has long prohibited third party apps but the recent launch of the Amazon Appstore clearly forced AT&T to re-evaluate that restriction. “AT&T plans to offer the Amazon application store for Android smartphones, and we’re working to give our Android customers access to third party application stores,” the operator said in a statement last month. “This requires updates to our systems and finalizing arrangements with Amazon.”

This serves as promising news given the recent announcement of AT&T’s acquisition of Android friendly T Mobile. Many customers and developers shared valid concerns over whether or not the acquisition would affect access to and distribution of third party applications.

Currently most AT&T Android devices still restrict third party apps. For those customers, you can sideload apps onto your device with the help of Android Central’s Sideload Wonder Machine- no rooting required. Those of you with rooted Androids can now get the full MiKandi experience by downloading and installing premium adult apps from directly in the mobile app market- no sideloading necessary.

MiKandi interview with GeekWire.com

This week, MiKandi co-founders Jesse Adams and Jennifer McEwen had a conversation with GeekWire.com about our app market, the iBoobs controversy, pornography and Apple, the launch of the Amazon Appstore, AT&T’s acquisitions of TMobile and what we think that means for AT&T Android customers.

Below are some highlights:

Q: Most of the stores ban adult apps, including the new Amazon Appstore. It’s an interesting philosophical discussion. Is it a good thing or a bad thing that the major platforms restrict pornography?

Adams: The great thing about Android is that even if Amazon doesn’t want to sell adult content, the Android Marketplace doesn’t want to sell it, at least the platform allows third-party stores to sell more adult experiences. That’s the big difference. Your phone is very personal. It’s going to be the way most adults connect to the world, over any other device very soon. Even if the other app stores start to offer it, developers really choose app stores as partners, not just as an app store operator. There’s other things they’re looking for more than just being able to sell adult content — partners that will promote and market the apps, and not just treat it as a back alleyway store like adult novelty shops were for a very long time.

Q: You were the focus of a veiled comment from Steve Jobs — he referred to the fact that on Android there is even a porn app store. That was not a good thing in his mind. Was his comment a good or bad thing for you?

McEwen: Oh, that was an awesome thing. We got 10,000 downloads of our app store in 12 hours that day. It was amazing. We couldn’t believe our luck. Also, it made us a conversation starter for the argument between an open OS and a closed OS. We’re the extreme testament of what you can do, and the freedom that you get. We are actually very proud to be part of that.

Mosey on over to GeekWire.com for the full article.

Get MiKandi on your AT&T Android

Note: If you sideload the MiKandi App Store, you will also need to sideload any apps you find in the MiKandi App Store.

Attention AT&T Android owners: No longer do you have to shake your fists in the air and ask the Carrier gods, “Whyy?  Why have you crippled my Android?!”

No, AT&T has not answered your prayers.  But (inhale) Android Central Sideload Wonder Machine (exhale) has.  File this under: SAH-WEET!

From Android Central:

Or maybe *ahem* your phone doesn’t allow you to directly sideload apps, for whatever reason. And that’s where the Android Central Sideload Wonder Machine comes in. We’ve rigged up a simple Windows program that allows you to install any .apk file (that’s the extension for an Android app) via your computer. It’s completely legit — nobody’s going to track you down and take away your phone — it’s completely free (and open source!)  and now you’re back on the same playing field as everybody else, no rooting necessary.

Wanna get MiKandi on your Backflip?

Holy tether, Batman!

Follow this link for instructions for getting around AT&T’s annoying non-market apps block.

Usual disclaimer applies:  If you damage/brick/etc your phone, you’re responsible, etc., yada yada, you know the drill.

Is the Moto Backflip an iPhone in disguise?

File this under: Team Can’tGetRight

From Electronista:

AT&T’s first Android phone, the Motorola Backflip, may have had app supported artificially locked down to a level like the iPhone, early owners have found since the phone shipped Sunday. Where by default Android is supposed to allow installing third-party apps from outside Android Market through a special toggle, the AT&T version of the Backflip omits this feature entirely and limits apps to the store.

The reason for the change hasn’t been provided to MobileCrunch, the first to break the story, or to others. AT&T has been contacted byElectronista but doesn’t currently have an official response to the claims.

Without the support for apps outside of the market, the Backflip would notably omit apps that AT&T would dislike, including unofficial tethering. While a potential problem for its network, the restriction would prevent less contentious releases from reaching the market, such as beta apps or simply those that prefer to avoid the regular Android Market submission process. It may also raise FCC concerns as policies blocking legal third-party apps may violate future neutrality rules.

To date, all known US Android phones have allowed unofficial app installs, even on networks that don’t normally condone the use of tethering or similar potential breaks of terms of service. It has usually only been within Android Market that certain apps would be excluded from a particular carrier.

AT&T’s approach more closely mimics that of the iPhone, where apps can normally only install through the App Store. Buyers of Apple phones, however, do still have the option of using apps supplied through Apple’s Ad Hoc mode, which supplies a limited number of downloads outside of the official store for testing or learning.

So AT&T’s alternative to the closed iPhone is a closed Android?  :facepalm: