AT&T Doesn't Allow Non-Market Apps On Android-Based Motorola Backflip

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Apparently AT&T is struggling a bit with the whole idea of Android, a somewhat open mobile OS. Instead of embracing it and giving users a full experience, they've decided to cripple it and not allow the installation of non-market apps.

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From the sounds of it, the Android OS allows for the installation of apps "purchased on alternative markets and beta apps like Swype" by default. It's a bit of a mystery why AT&T would choose to take this option away from users, but it certainly makes AT&T's first Android-based phone even more of a letdown. [XDA Developers via Android and Me via Engadget]

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Limiting consumers' freedom of choice by locking them up with hardware and legal terms, so that sellers can get more profit without improving the products and services.

Credit card, banking, insurance, pharmaceutical and cable companies (and many more) have been doing it for years. Apple is the pioneer on this front among tech companies. Others are just catching up. AT&T's move should not have surprised anyone.