On February 26, 2011, the Android 2.2 update for the HTC Aria was made available to AT&T customers.
HTC Aria Specs and Technical Details:
- 2G: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; 3G: HSDPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz (no 3G in US).
- 5 megapixel color camera with auto focus, Widescreen Photo Capture and Geotagging.
- 3.2 inch Touch Screen with Pinch-to-Zoom Capability (320x480) display.
- Android Operating system with HTC Sense - 600 MHz CPU Processing speed.
- Wi-Fi, email, HTC Widgets, GPS, facebook, Twitter.
AT&T Wireless faced criticism for its inability to download .apk files—Android applications outside of the Android Market. AT&T cited security issues as a reason. On July 9, 2010, HTC released an update for their HTC Sync program that is used to sync their phones to a PC. The update version 3.0.5372 gave the ability to side-load non-market applications to the device. Sideloading was only possible by syncing the phone, and installing the app to the Aria through the computer. However, the update which included this side-loading feature was taken down a few days later. HTC Sync version 3.0.5372 can still be downloaded through third-party websites not affiliated with AT&T or HTC. It is still possible to side-load .apk files through ADB. This requires the use of the Android SDK and must be done through the command line. This restriction can also be removed by way of third-party ROMs. The official Android 2.2 update prevents rooting the device, disallowing loading of custom ROMs.
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