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Along the same lines as this question. What's so special about enabling Unknown Sources, and what are some things that I should do once it's enabled?

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I'd upvote but I ran out of votes last night... check back in ~6 hours. –  gary Jan 27 '11 at 16:24
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This allows you to obtain and run an application (i.e. the .apk file) from sources other than the Android Market. (i.e. you get it from a download from a developer's site, from an email, etc.). That's it.

Edit: Once you enable Unknown Sources this post covers the rest: How can I install an app given only its APK file?.

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For example, enabling Unknown Sources allowed me to install the Beta version of the Swype keyboard from beta.swype.com (but if your phone already has Swype then don't do that) –  Luke Dunstan Jan 27 '11 at 16:23
    
Ah cool. I had always seen "enabling unknown sources" listed as a thing to do after rooting, but never saw an explanation why. –  travis Jan 27 '11 at 16:28
    
I don't have "Unknown sources" on my Dell Streak. What should I do to get this option??? Please, help! –  Pavel Popov Apr 11 '11 at 15:44
    
@Pavel: You must have AT&T as your carrier. AT&T has (in)famously disabled the "Unknown Sources" option. Unless you're willing to root your phone and install a custom ROM, you're out of luck. –  Al E. Apr 11 '11 at 15:50
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Visit m.getjar.com and go nuts! download cranky birds. It seems to be the game so many people like.

I wonder if there is an android version of Cut the Rope out yet.

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