1. While I agree with you in some sense, one of the main reasons I love Android over Apple is that it gives me the option to install unknown sources. Why would the Android Market allow another company to jeopardize their main source of income? Of course they aren’t going to allow a generic download of it. Furthermore, if Amazon did something shady through this app people would find out and not only would it quickly go under but Amazon would also go down several notches in my mental rankings. :-)

    March 24, 2011 at 10:04 am |
  2. Maybe I understand this wrong. The allowing unknown sources is just to allow the install of the Amazon market, which is an app. It’s just the initial install of it that requires allowing unknown sources. This is because the Amazon market app is not approved by the Android market (why would it be? it’s like advertising a competitor).

    March 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  3. I don’t believe it allows other things to install apps without asking. It just allows you to. The reason it’s there is to stop people who have no idea what they’re doing from installing something malicious. It’s basically the same idea that Ubuntu has in requiring you to chmod+x downloaded software.

    March 24, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  4. Well, yes… but you’re choosing what you install. It’s not doing it without asking. I can’t speak for whether the Amazon market is worth a hill of beans or not, but just trying to clarify what they mean when they say, “It’s okay, It’s Amazon.” It’s similar to when you install something on your computer from a trusted company… you expect it to be malware free.

    March 24, 2011 at 4:25 pm |

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