App Store Kill Switch..? Great =/


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  1. Huey Freeman

    Huey Freeman Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    ...awesome:mad:

    http://www.dailytech.com/Googles+Android+OS+Features+Kill+Switch/article13216.htm

    Just like the Apple with its iPhone, Google is looking to keep its Android phone programs under tight reins

    The news that Apple's iPhone had a kill switch built in that could destroy users apps that they had bought and paid for was at first met with incredulity. When users discovered that the rumors were indeed true, they reacted with shock and anger. Now Google has a similar situation brewing after it was revealed that its G1 phone which features its Android OS has a similar kill switch.

    The tidbit was gleaned from the user contract terms of Google's Android Market, which it uses to sell software, similar to Apple's App Store. The terms stated that Google can remotely kill your programs, describing, "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."

    While the G1 phone from T-Mobile does not go on sale till October 22, many have been lent to reporters, so detailed information is becoming available. While some may be angry at Google's decision, others are saying Google is treating the issue in more of a sensitive manner than Apple. Google is acknowledging the kill switch for Android at the time of release. Apple, critics point out, only acknowledged that a kill switch existed when a developer discovered it and loudly pronounced its existence to the internet community.

    Also Google says that it will try to refund users for any deleted Apps. While this sounds common sense, iPhone users have yet to discover if they will get anything back if Apple deletes their Apps. Google, on the other hand, says it will make "reasonable efforts to recover the purchase price of the product ... from the original developer on your behalf." It will recover as much as it can from the developer and if it cannot offer a full refund it will redistribute whatever it collects to give a partial refund.

    The kill switch also makes more sense as Android is decidedly more dangerous when it comes to applications. It does not pre-screen its applications like Apple -- anything can be sold on its market. This raises the possibility of malicious applications. Google has given no indication that it will delete or prevent the release of applications that overlap its products, something Apple has actively done.

    Google is also kind enough to provide users with a 24-hour satisfaction guarantee, where unsatisfied users can return their application in this timeframe for a full refund. Android Market users also get access to an unlimited number of downloads for their purchased programs, helpful in the case of phone loss or failure.

    Injecting a bit of humor, Google also added that "no robots were harmed in the making of this product" and that further, "None of the products are intended for use in the operation of nuclear facilities, life support systems, emergency communications, aircraft navigation or communication systems, air traffic control systems or any other such activities in which case the failure of the products could lead to death, personal injury, or severe physical or environmental damage."

    The new user terms also include friend "shout-outs" from Google, in which it plugs the various developers, groups, and companies that were instrumental in launching the OS.
     

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  2. Huey Freeman

    Huey Freeman Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    "Google is also kind enough to provide users with a 24-hour satisfaction guarantee, where unsatisfied users can return their application in this timeframe for a full refund. Android Market users also get access to an unlimited number of downloads for their purchased programs, helpful in the case of phone loss or failure."

    That is pretty sweet tho.. maybe it won't be so bad.
     
  3. sleebus.jones

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    I really don't have a problem with it. I think this is more for malware type apps, rather than nuking stuff they don't like.
     
  4. waynester

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    thats my take on the kill switch,
    some bad crapola is bound to slip by at some point in time
    while , true the user has most responsibility for actions
    there is always the chance of program affecting more than the phone it loaded on
    as android gets more and more popular , it will attract the low lifers too
    though i would like to see some type of user option , to accept or deny
    with a link to more info as to the why of a "kill"
     
  5. sleebus.jones

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    I'm betting it was a TMUS requirement, in case some application goes bonkers and tries to take over the 3G network.
     
  6. OrganizedFellow

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    I can just imagine a bunch of Google employees whose sole purpose is to download and test all the new apps that get uploaded to Android Market.
    haha.

    They MUST have some sort of undisclosed method to prevent malicious apps from getting to our phones.
    IF an app of negative nature makes it to a consumer phone, how do they expect us to notify them?!
    Some webform? A SMS? A phone call?

    (mind wandering now)

    What sort of technical support will be offered for our phones?!
     
  7. Rob

    Rob I'm tellin' mommy on you! Administrator

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    I think Google pretty much HAS to do this even if they don't plan on utilizing it unless there is a total emergency. The fact is an emergency could happen.

    These days hackers, scammers, spammers and worse are always trying to find ways to get one step ahead of security. With an emerging technology that will develop over time, who KNOWS what will be possible on the Android platform with the crafty work of a developer.

    At the end of the day Google is still a business and as a business can be held responsible and accountable for things that go terribly wrong. Do they want to accept the damage done if something DOES go wrong, regardless? Or give themselves an "out" by allowing for a contingency plan under the worst case scenarios.

    A fire ladder might look crappy on your bedroom door... and you might never use it. Heck, you never WANT to have to use it. But its there for a reason... because something could go terribly wrong and if it does... you want to have planned ahead.
     
  8. deedend

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    For me this is a TERRIBLE news.. I am very disappointed about this :(
     

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