Sunday, October 19, 2008

Android's kill switch controversy

Here's a new feature that comes along with every cutting-edge mobile platform: 'kill switch'. iPhone has it, and now Google also admitted that Android has it too.

There was a small rupture of ruckus in blogosphere when the finding of iPhone's kill switch broke out, but how about when you find out about Android's kill switch? Do you think it's necessary for Google to have such power on your Android phone?

Even though Google isn't hiding it like Apple did (at first), "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," as reported by Computerworld. Should you let Google remove apps that you find more useful, but not for Google?

If we are to place ourselves into Google's shoe, then perhaps it does make sense. Android's Market,is an open place for software devs to sell their apps in there without restrictions as many as Apple's App Store. Unlike Apple, who already "filtered-out" app that they see bad or ugly before upload it into App Store; Google doesn't do that. Meaning there'll definetely plenty of malware & malicious apps to dwell, waiting for innocent Android users to install and use them.

If that is the case, then it'll be Android users who will enjoy the advantage for the remote 'kill switch' power that Google has. Plus Google says that users can return any application for a full refund within 24 hours of the time of purchase, and users can also reinstall as many times as they wish an application that they've bought. With all of these, it looks like Google is some kind of a big company with huge power in its hand and wear satin white robe; an image of a saint.

But the main question still remains; do we trust Google that much? Or in a more catchy phrase: "In Google we trust?" ;-p

[blogged with my Treo 750v]

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