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Sideloading apps to Android gets easier, as Google settles its lawsuit

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 19 Dec 2023 11:09 User comments (3)

Sideloading apps to Android gets easier, as Google settles its lawsuit

Google settled a class-action lawsuit in September 2023, which accused the company of distorting the Android app market and abusing its dominant market position in the United States. Today, the company announced the terms of the settlement.
Firstly, it will pay a total of $700 million in compensation to parties and authorities that participated in the class-action lawsuit. Of the amount, which is equivalent to approximately 637 million, 90% will go to consumers who participated in the class-action lawsuit, and the remaining 10% of the compensation amount will go to individual US states.

From the perspective of an average Android user, the bigger significance is that Google intends to simplify the so-called sideloading mechanism for Android as a result of the settlement. This mechanism is used to install applications on Android phones from outside Google's own Play Store.



Currently, the process of downloading apps (typically in .apk file format) with phone's browser and installing it includes several roadblocks that Google has added, to "protect the users". Because of the settlement, the entire process gets streamlined.

Here are two screenshots showing what exactly is changing (current popup alert on the left and the upcoming new notification on the right):



Previously, users were intimidated more, and downloading from an external source required navigating through settings, which caused some back-and-forth jumping between different views. In the future, only one question will appear, where the setting can be set permanently.

Google also commits to keeping the updated installation process at least as simple for five years from the time the updated installation process is introduced.

The exact time for when the update will come to Android has not yet been announced.

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3 user comments

121.12.2023 06:33

When referring to Android apps, "sideloading" typically means installing an application package in APK format onto an Android device. Such packages are usually downloaded from websites other than the official app store Google Play.

26.1.2024 02:56

Google's settlement of a lawsuit paves the way for easier sideloading of apps on Android devices. This development signals a shift in the app distribution landscape, granting users more flexibility in installing applications outside the official Google Play Store.<a href="google.com">click</a>
The resolution aims to enhance user choice while fostering a more open ecosystem for Android app developers and consumers.

33.2.2024 07:56

In the realm of Android applications, "sideloading" commonly entails the installation of an APK-formatted application package onto an Android device. These packages are often sourced from websites beyond the official Google Play app store. For a parallel convenience, explore reliable car recovery Dubai services in your automotive assistance endeavors.

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