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It is difficult to know whether an APK is safe or not. Your best bet is to download from trusted or reputable sources (like Google Play, Amazon, etc). Some (trusted) developers also provide an MD5 (or other message-digest algorithm) hash of their APKs. After your download the APK, you verify if the APK has the same hash. If it does, then it's safe to say ...


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If your device allows it (AT&T only recently started producing phones that do) there is a setting which allows you to install non-Market apps. Then you can install APKs from anywhere, assuming you can get them on your device. On my Droid, at least, the setting is at Settings | Applications | Unknown sources.


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This question seems to say that it's necessary to root an at&t phone (like the samsung captivate) in order to install apps from unofficial sources. That is not true. While you cannot download apps from the Web, you can install apps through the development tools, or things based on the development tools (like the Sideloader Wonder Machine). My ...


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Grab this .apk file from the XDA forums and sideload it like you would any other app. The instructions state that it will work on unrooted devices, and CNET actually ran an article detailing this a little while back. The original XDA thread is here, the link you need is the one under the QR code (the "APK method"). This particular method will evidently only ...


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Google introduced an option Verify apps (Disallow or warn before installation of apps that may cause harm) for side-loaded apps when unknown sources is enabled (both settings available in Settings -> Security -> device-administration). You can also use an online virus scanner like Virus Total to check your downloaded .apk file. But this is the same with ...


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No need to load a custom ROM. You have two paths possible -- You can simply use special software on your PC to sideload apps or you can do some edits to the configuration databases on the phone to bypass the block permanently. This page covers both methods -- http://samsungcaptivate.wikia.com/wiki/How_to_Sideload


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You can get the .apk files from developers' sites or other forums like androidfreeware.org and alternative markets like slideme.org. Al Everett's answer above is part of the solution. After changing the settings to enable you to install 3rd party apps, you can either upload / add the APKs of apps that you want on to your SD card and then using a File ...


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I don't know that there's a definite way to answer this. It would be almost entirely dependent on how exactly the app was attempting to infect your phone and how successful its attempts were. In the simplest case, maybe the app is sniffing data or something of that sort. For that case, uninstalling would basically remove the threat since the app would be ...


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If you are downloading the .apk files from unknown/untrusted sources, there's no easy way to judge. Most Anti-Whatever solutions (anti-virus, anti-malware, etc.) are just ruling by "database entries" (i.e. they have a database of known malware, and check whether the package name matches), or only check requested permissions (and not whether e.g. a SMS app ...


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You can create an application for any device that runs the Android OS, this is not restricted to specific device manufacturers. Restrictions in the execution are caused mainly because of the version of the Android OS that runs on the device (the differtent API's) or the difference in hardware capabilities between devices. If you are planning to make an ...


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Use slideME. Download the apk from here tp your phone, then install the application from your phone and you can use that to download and buy apps. See this question: Alternative Android App Markets for a list of Market alternative Edit: Don't forget to enable non-market installation in Settings > Applications > Unknown sources


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Unfortunately the ADBD (adb daemon) is not enabled on any current Google TV hardware, so adb connectivity is not possible via USB, Ethernet, or any other means. However, a few crafty tinkerers from GTVhacker site managed to hack the Logitech Revue unit to enable this functionality. Keep in mind that this is a hardware hack and includes physically opening ...


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You will need root access on your devices (well, at least on the old one) in order to copy the apps off it. Once rooted, you can use a number of 3rd-party "Backup" apps to save a copy of the apps to your SD Card, copy it to your PC, and then side-load them onto your new phone. The one I use is Titanium Backup. Root your original device. Look at sites ...


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No, or at least not in a way that can't be automated away. Titanium Backup can install apps without the user seeing this prompt, for example. It may require root to do this. Without root, only the system can access the areas needed to install apps. So barring any bugs, apps can only be installed by the system and the system will show the permissions if ...


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Goal If you have the OTA image downloaded and, as in my case, ended up without success you should be able to adb sideload <filename> it still manually (video here). Problem/Error ... unfortunately the OTA update via adb sideload errors out with: Finding update package... Opening update package... Verifying update package... Installing update... ...


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The Android Compatibility Definition Document for 2.2 says that “Device implementations MUST support the Android Developer Tools provided in the Android SDK.” Any device which isn't “compatible with Android” according to this document isn't going to have the Google services, including the Android Market.


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Turns out I was right to suspect that this has been done before. The fix I was looking for was Super One Click. It has a fix to allow non market apps. I think what it does is to change the config file that the settings dialog ("Allow Non Market Apps") normally sets. My guess its that AT&T just took out the UI for the option. Anyway, works perfectly and ...


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Use adb to install the applications. Install the adnroid sdk ( https://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html ). Enable usb debugging in settings>applications>development. This process can be done even without enabling side-loading of apps. Open a command prompt window and type: adb install app_name.apk


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You could use other App stores like Amazon App Store or GetJar, but you would also need accounts on those. You can side-load apps via downloading APK files on PC and then installing them from your SD card. Just try opening the APK files with a file manager like ES File Explorer or ASTRO File Manager which would give a option to open it with Package manager ...


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Yes, I believe apps can be installed just by placing them in the appropriate directory. I'm not sure what the app installer does beyond this copying, if anything. The Market does update the system's list of apps "linked" to the Market however, so that the Market can check for updates and such. Apps installed by other means won't show up in the Market's ...


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Download/get the .apk file of desired application. (Example: MoboPlayer from this link.) Pass it to the android device. Use any file explorer to open this .apk file. Install the application.


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You can't install a ROM using adb install, just like you can't install a fresh Ubuntu system with apt-get. You use fastboot to install new ROMs, when the device is in fastboot mode. Instructions are different for each device, and the ROM you downloaded should come with them. Regardless, from the symptoms you describe, it doesn't sound like installing a new ...


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No. Installing packages is still a privilege reserved to the package manager, which is a system app (i.e. it's inside the ROM), and the package manager doesn't offer an interface to avoid the confirmation dialog. This is by design. That said, if USB debugging is enabled (in the developer options), you can use adb to install an APK file from a PC, with no ...


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The Facelock.apk may not be compatible or rather, clearly, missing some dependency with the Motorola's version of the framework. It could well be modified to exclude the facelock application as well. To each and their own, each manufacturer are free to modify, add, subtract from the Google Android source to suit themselves. It might help to obtain the ...


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I find that the few apps I installed that were not from Google Play have their original apk in the Download folder. They usually ended there because I clicked an apk link through a website or blog I was viewing. After the download, the notification bar indicates the download is complete, and a click there starts the installer. I would start by looking into ...


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While any Android device can be programmed, there are some caveats you should be aware of. First, what features are available to you as a developer depend very much on what version of Android is installed on your tablet. Very importantly, a tablet that is running a version of Android below 3.0 Honeycomb (or ideally 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) will not have any ...


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I don't own a Samsung Galaxy S, and certainly not a user of AT&T, but on my Samsung Spica (Samdroid Mod), if I dropped an .apk file in /data/app/ or /system/app (warning: you need to be rooted to write to these locations, so you will need Terminal Emulator or Root Explorer) Android will immediately recognize and install the apk. Assuming AT&T has not ...


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If the app you want is in the Market but blocked by AT&T, you can do this: Turn off your phone. Pop out the SIM card. Turn your phone back on and connect to a Wi-Fi network. Open the Android Market, search for, and install the previously carrier-blocked app. Turn off your phone. Pop the SIM card back in. Turn your phone back on. Enjoy! (source: ...


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No, on stock AT&T ROM you cannot install applications from unknown sources. You have to root your phone, and install a 3rd party ROM. This is because AT&T removed the "Allow Unknown Sources" option in the settings. The only way around this is to install a ROM that allows unknown sources. (or you can use ADB as you mentioned in your original ...


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Try in these: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Open_Source_Android_Applications http://f-droid.org/repository/ slideme.org/ Not so good www.pocketgear.com/es,en,eur/android/index.html



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