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Android's remote kill switch for rogue apps


Published onOctober 16, 2008

It seems that Apple is not the only player in the mobile world that has implemented a kill switch to disable/remove applications that are discovered to be dangerous. While we don’t know if the functionality is actually in the Android OS yet, Google mentions it in its terms and conditions.

The important point, I suppose, is that in the event of a “recall” of a rogue app that had to be purchased, Google will try to recover the purchase fees from the developer. If they can’t recover all of the fees, the money they do manage to recover will be split among those impacted.

With a far more open system, the Android Market seems much more at risk for such issues than Apple’s iPhone store.

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