Google Confirms Android Has Kill Switch

Posted: Oct 17 2008, 6:38am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 11:06am CDT, in News | Mobile Phones

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Google has apparently taken a page from Apple's book with a kill switch for applications on mobile phones. Google confirmed that a kill switch is built into Android devices that can disable any application running on the handset.

The feature is intended to protect users from applications that are running malicious code. Google says that should it have to use the kill switch it will attempt to refund users who purchased the application and recoup the money from the developer.

I don't mind the iPhone or an Android phone having a kill switch so long as it is used only in the event of a malicious application. If they start killing apps for things like overlapping with applications they are developing, it will be another thing entirely.

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