Now this might be an important bit of information to all you AT&T subscribers stuck with your locked Android handsets. In an interview with a leading publication, AT&T’s senior vice president of mobile devices, Jeff Bradley announced that they would no longer block people from installing software from non-Android Market stores. Bradley revealed AT&T’s new plans when asked about its future policy on non-Android market App Stores that are sprouting up each day.
Bradley said that AT&T will “go more open” from now on and that the only reason they had this block in place was because they were genuinely concerned for not having any mechanism to take down a bad app. With Google already doing the necessary screening of Apps, AT&T was spared from this headache. This however was not the case with other app sources. “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,” he added.
Thanks to this closed door policy by AT&T, many of its Android users resorted to rooting their phones and bypass AT&T’s restrictions. With Samsung’s upcoming Samsung Infuse 4G being able to install Apps from external sources, looks like there might be a reduction in the number of AT&T phones being rooted!. It would also be great if AT&T brings an update to all its existing Android handsets and enable other market access to them too.