AT&T bound Dell Aero won't support unsigned apps

AT&T bound Dell Aero won't support unsigned apps
Following suit with the Motorola BACKFLIP, the recently announced Android powered Dell Aero will not support unsigned applications. Even though the Dell Aero was not seen on the showroom floors of CTIA, the longtime PC maker didn't comment about their reasoning of not allowing unsigned apps – although it clearly looks to stem to just one culprit. Wireless carriers have long been able to sway their might and wants to the hardware manufacturers out there and it almost looks as though AT&T put their foot down about the situation. Sometimes in order to get handsets out there to customers, manufacturers might be willing to do absolutely what is necessary that's dictated by the wireless provider – and that's the situation we face with the Dell Aero; unfortunately. Even though there have not been any official sales figures released about the Motorola BACKFLIP, we'll eventually see if this justification may have any impact on the overall sales of this eventual handset.

Dell Aero Preliminary Specifications

source: PhoneNews



1. tiolawa

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Honestly I believe that it is unreal how companies try to control content that people put on there phone's unless it is illegally obtained they should have no say. We do not do this with our computer's why do it with our mobile devices?

2. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

We don't buy our computer from our internet providers.

5. jbroots3

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2010

ATT is going to have to move out of the way for Sprint once they lose the contract for the iphone. ATT must like bronze!

3. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

What a surprise... I hope Dell sells an unlocked version at some point.

4. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

im surprised tht dell will agree with tht. i work for AT&T and i think tht the backflip is weak because AT&T has restrictions as to what the phone can really do. it should be as good as the samsung moment from sprint or other simple android phones. i have a dell computer, but i dont know about having a dell phone as well. i havent sold a backflip yet and i almost dont want to because customers would be disappointed

8. jd829

Posts: 155; Member since: Feb 24, 2010

You must be a lazy sales rep. The backflip has been around 20% of my company's total sales since launch.

6. haley72

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 16, 2008

The average customer isnt going to care that they can only buy apps from the Market. Most people dont even know that phones are able to download apps in the first place. So, while I understand the gripe about "locking" a phone down (cause I myself am a techy when it comes to phones) I dont think it should really matter for the average end user. The backflip is still a decent phone for its price point and my customers have seen to really like them. I guess time will tell though.

7. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

That's the point, we are still the minority when it comes to seeing the potential in these devices, until this changes, wireless providers can customize whatever they want to their liking, and there won't be any uprising. The basic consumer mainly wants to do specific things w/ their phone : Facebook, Myspace, Youtube, Email, etc...that's it. Do they care if they use Yahoo search instead of Google? No. Do they care about true multitasking? No. Ask the average person the differences between Android, Web OS, iPhone OS and WinMo, and I bet most of them won't know. It sucks, but that's the world we live.

9. cansler

Posts: 136; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

my hope is these are mid level feature phones and the Desire will be opened up as a flagship Android powerhouse. And as such will not be restricted. At least, that is my hope, as I really want that one. If not, I'll have to root it with an unlocked Bravo ROM.

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