If you are an HTC Aria owner, here is some good news. You no longer have to root your Android device in order to get custom apps that are not available on the Android marketplace. Phandroid reports that the latest update to the HTC Sync application allows HTC Aria users to install .APK files from outside the Android marketplace.
However it is not clear if this is going to be available for long. After the release, HTC clarified that the announcement regarding the ability to install non-Market apps was made in error. However, Aria users have delightfully reported that the new Sync update indeed allows you to install .APK files from outside the market. Considering that AT&T has not been a fan of non-market apps, it is not clear if this is an update made available in error and hence could be pulled back soon, or if Ma Bell has indeed had a change of heart.
Who knows..Enjoy while it lasts.
What we know is that a new Android 2.1 based HTC handset is making its way to the AT&T store. But what we do not know is the name. We first heard about HTC Aria which was speculated to launch of June 7.
However, when the launch date arrived, we heard that another HTC handset – the HTC Liberty was coming to AT&T. Today, a screenshot from an AT&T Inventory system shows a third – HTC Intruder. The screenshot was apparently taken at a Radio Shack.
Are these three devices one and the same? There is no word about it. The HTC Intruder is priced $129 on a two year contract and comes at $699 off-contract.
[via Android Community
Late last month, we wrote about a new HTC phone called Aria. The Android 2.1 handset was rumored to be launching on AT&T on June 7. Well, while the June 7 launch never happened, we are now beginning to hear that the phone may actually be called HTC Liberty.
This is courtesy a few leaked shots of the latter which seem to be extremely similar to the specs and features of HTC Aria. AndroidCentral writes,
“Courtesy of ROM-chef extraordinaire Conflipper, we find this render of the HTC Liberty, which looks to be very similar to some leaked shots we saw of the Aria. User-agent profiles for both devices (Liberty | Aria) show a 320×480 touchscreen (we can hear developers grumbling already at that resolution).
Otherwise, not too much to go on just yet, and who’s to say what name — assuming any of this pans out — AT&T gives the phone, and when it might ever see the light of day.”
[via Android Central
HTC Aria – a new Android 2.1 based device running Sense UI may be coming to AT&T soon. According to sources PhoneDog spoke to, the new smartphone shall launch on June 7 – incidentally the day when the iPhone 4G is also expected to be unveiled, or better, sold.
Details about the device are sparse at the moment, and except for the platform, nothing else is known at the moment. Nevertheless, the timing is quite interesting. HTC EVO 4G is expected to launch on June 4 – just days before the iPhone 4G launches. Motorola Droid 2 is expected soon after – in July. With HTC Aria launching on June 7, is this going to be the famous “three pronged strategy” that Google Android is going to take to combat the iPhone menace? Looks silly to me – the timing of the launch, that is.