Android So Much Of An iPhone Wannabe That It, Too, Has A Kill Switch

from the remote-disabling dept

There was plenty of attention a few months back when it was revealed (first by a hacker, then confirmed by Apple) that the iPhone contained a kill switch that could remotely disable any application. Nancy Gohring, over at IDG, has gone through the terms of service for the first Google Android-based phone and noted that it appears to have a remote kill switch as well, though at least it's upfront about it. You can understand why mobile operators might want this (for example, to stop a bandwidth hogging app), but it's still rather troubling that an app that you thought you had placed on your own device might be remotely deleted one day. If we've been able to deal with rogue and runaway apps on PCs for all these years, you would think that mobile operators would be able to deal with it as well.

Filed Under: android, kill switch
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    Jesse, 28 Dec 2008 @ 10:30am

    kill switch

    The kill switch is intended to stop an application that is hogging up the bandwidth. Take Facebooks mobwars for example.. you can download a bot and have that program running incessantly for days and days. The kill switch just stops the program... It doesnt keep you from keeping the program on your phone. enough with the conspiracy theory and big brother crap already

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