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Why I'm Not Worried About the Android App Kill Switch

By Will Smith

Google remote killed a few apps today, and I feel fine.

Today, Google exercised its fifth freedom,  remotely removing two offending apps from user's Android handsets. These apps, created by a researcher, were essentially functionless apps that tricked users into installing them for some unspecified (but presumably research-y) purpose, a clear violation of Google's Terms of Service for Android developers. Frankly, I don't care whether Google was right or wrong to reach across the Internet to people's phones and remove the apps from people's Android devices, and naturally, I'm going to tell you why. 




Had this happened with Apple's App Store, this post would be a rage-fueled anti-Apple screed, but I'm not too worried about Google's use of their power. It has nothing to do with the fact that I'm an iPhone user, it's simply because the Android Market isn't the only way to install software on Android phones. On fully-featured Android phones, like the Nexus One, Motorola Droid, Droid Incredible, or HTC Evo 4G, installing third-party software is as easy as flipping a toggle in the Settings panel, then visiting a web page with Android apps and downloading and installing them. 

Do you agree with me or disagree? Or are you too taken by your shiny new iPhone 4 to care about Android today? Post below and let us know!