While Apple admitted too little and too late when it comes to the iPhone’s kill switch, Google managed to do the same thing, but only before the launch of the device. That’s fair play from them and we even get a reason for this remote “destruction” of our Android apps: malicious software that can run loose on Android devices.
So, turns out that Google can remotely remove ANY app from your phone, in case it “violates the developer distribution agreement”. This is where Apple comes into play, as their app service allows you to preview software before installing it, unlike Google’s similar service, that may allow malicious software to sneak in.
Precaution comes first, even on the most open mobile OS to date, but can you blame Google for playing it safe?
[via the iPhone blog]