"Side loading" is shorthand for installing applications from places other than the official Android Market.

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Can I install apps on phone without using the Android Market?

I have this Huawei Device that does not come with the Android Market installed. Is there any work-around for this? As in how can I install Android Apps without the Android Market? Is there a way to ...
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How do I sideload, i.e. install non-market apps, on at&t phones?

I'd like to try out some Android beta software I found online, but when I tried installing it on the device I got a message that said that installing non-market apps has been disabled for security ...
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How to know if a side-loaded app is safe?

How can we be assured that the APK of an app that we are downloading from a website is safe to install on our Android phone? Is there a way to know that the downloaded file is safe? Is there an app ...