Google Confirms Android Kill Switch

Agrees with Apple in at least one way...

So Apple got a shoeing when it revealed the iPhone kill switch so it’ll be interesting to see what the reaction is now people’s champion Google has done the same with Android…

Picked up by, which squinted its way through the small print in Google’s Android Market terms of service, is the line:

“Google may discover a product that violates the developer distribution agreement … in such an instance, Google retains the right to remotely remove those applications from your device at its sole discretion.” Helpfully it also states that “reasonable efforts to recover the purchase price of the product … from the original developer on your behalf.”

Ok, let’s get this out the way, my opinion is simple and applies to both companies: good.

Why? Well, while it can lead to exploitation it is also overridingly sensible and a vital safeguard for users of either operating system. Example: an app sneaks through which contains malware – Apple or Google need to stamp on this before it has time to spread and you can’t wait for owners (especially less technically savvy ones) to pick up on what is going on.

On the other hand, is it Big Brother-ish? Probably, but sometimes that’s a necessary evil…


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