Android Developers Blog: We have a kill switch and we’re not afraid to use it

we’ve also developed technologies and processes to remotely remove an installed application from devices. If an application is removed in this way, users will receive a notification on their phone.

Remember the discussion about Apple having a “kill switch” that could remotely delete apps from your phone? The tech punditry howled. Well, Google’s got one and they’re using it.

The blog post couches it in motherly, keeping-you-safe terms. Right. If Google cared about what apps they allowed in the market to begin with, maybe they wouldn’t need to use this thing. Alas, vetting apps is not Google’s strong suit, nor is it ever likely to be.

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3 thoughts on “Android Developers Blog: We have a kill switch and we’re not afraid to use it

  1. Horus, I would hate to see the world through your eyes. Probably a very dark and selfish place.

  2. Horus,Apple doesn’t tell anyone which of the 225,000 (actually, more than that) apps in the App Store they can install.

  3. Who wants Apple’s decision on what apps *I* can install on *MY* phone? Sure, provide a safety net (pin access, age restrictions, parental controls, etc.). If someone is stupid enough to install an app that requests unnecessary/unusual permissions then that’s their problem.

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