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One of the better features of Google’s online Android Market is that it can be used to push apps to your smartphone. All you need to do is log in with the same Google account used on your phone. However, rooted devices that did not have the Android Market installed by default had no way to access this functionality.
Now, that is no longer the case. A recent update has made it possible to use any rooted Android device with the web market, even if the device did not originally come with the market app installed.
No special steps are required. Just install the Android Market app on your device, and then log into the web market from any computer with your Google account. The rooted device will appear in the “Send To…” drop-down list as an option. Select it, and then click Install, to push the update to your Android device.
The inclusion of this feature is timely, as both Amazon and Barnes & Noble have just released tablets that ship without the Android Market. The only way to access it is to root either device. HP TouchPad users will who have switched to Android will also find this useful.