HTC Sync application lets Aria owners sideload non-Market app

July 12, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka



AT&T has already made it clear that it will continue blocking Android users from adding apps from any source other than the Android Market. Whatever you think of those dubious reasons, that’s the reality users face.

Until now. As Engadget points out, the HTC Sync Windows application can sideload apps onto the phone. By plugging an HTC Aria into the computer and opening the HTC Sync application, users would be able to install APK’s that they download, opening up the chance to install beta apps and cut the dependence on the Market.

People previously pointed out that ADB could be used to push apps onto the phone, but that’s not the most beginner-friendly method. The sync application is simple and more likely to already be on the computer.

Download the Sync for HTC ARIA application here.


So much for that. The previous version has already been removed. A new version has been added to the site, and it lacks any option to sideload apps.