Google Open About Kill Switch in Android Phones

Although T-Mobile's G1 smartphone with Google's Android mobile operating system won't be formally launched until Oct. 22, observers are busy peering under the hood and reading the fine print. One feature is sure to cause some comment: A remote kill switch that will let Google wipe out any application that violates the developer distribution agreement for Android apps.
Not long ago, the discovery that Apple retained the ability to remotely kill iPhone apps (and was not afraid to use it) sparked a sharp response from some Apple customers, in part because there was no disclosure of the kill switch and because Apple seemed indifferent to the fact that customers had no easy mechanism to get refunds for killed apps.
But Michael Gartenberg, vice president of mobile strategy at Jupitermedia, doesn't think customers will have the same reaction to Google's kill switch.
"The existence of a kill switch for Android applications is not a big deal," Gartenberg said. "The big difference here is that Google did not make any secret about it; they were open about its existence from the start."
Preventing Harmful Applications
Gartenberg thinks customers will actually appreciate the fact that Google has retained the ability to protect its operating system.
"The important thing to remember," Gartenberg said, "is that the Android system is an open platform, which means that developers are generally free to do what they want. That means, of course, that some applications may potentially be harmful and even cause damage to the network."
The goal of Google and its partners, he suggested, is to create an environment in which they have control over the software ecosystem.
Google has also announced it will take a more active role in helping purchasers of killed applications to recover their money. The company promises to make "reasonable efforts" to recover the purchase price from the developer, and...

Check Your Username: Taken or Available

Everyone of us has a cool username which we use across multiple web services like email, social networking sites, blogging platforms. What if you could check if the username you use is still available across these services?

Web Screen Capture

Web Screen Capture is one free web site and web page screenshot and thumbnail software, it can take ...

Opinion: The top 10 best-written blogs

The blogosphere has become so immense that it's impossible to keep track of everything and separate the quality from the garbage, but John Brandon has found 10 superior sites that stand out from the others.

Introduction to WEB4J: Web development for minimalists

"Keep it simple" is a rule that applies -- even when it comes to Web application development. Find out how one developer is pursuing minimalist Web development using Java.

Extended Gmail Outage Hits Apps Admins

A prolonged Gmail outage that started Wednesday won't be solved until Thursday night, and Google Apps admins are upset.

Watch Chinese Grand Prix online

You can watch all the action from the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai live online this weekend.

Broadband speed tests questioned

Virgin Media has said that broadband speed tests are unable to accurately measure its super-fast service.

Fraudsters' website shut in swoop

A website where criminals traded credit card details and bank log-ins is shut after a police operation.

Blu-ray in a TV by Sharp

Sharp introduces new LCD TVs with some models that have a built in Blu-ray recorder and player.

Share this post
  • Share to Facebook
  • Share to Twitter
  • Share to Google+
  • Share to Stumble Upon
  • Share to Evernote
  • Share to Blogger
  • Share to Email
  • Share to Yahoo Messenger
  • More...



© 2011 New Digits
Designed by BlogThietKe Cooperated with Duy Pham
Released under Creative Commons 3.0 CC BY-NC 3.0
Posts RSSComments RSS
Back to top