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Google Remotely Removes Android Apps From Phones

You've heard about Apple's rigorous approval process, but did you know that Google has the power to delete entire Android applications from the Android Market and all Android phones on which they've been installed? It's true! Google used its remote wiping application to remove two applications from all phones. According to Google, the apps "misrepresented their purpose and thus violated Android developer policies."

Google isn't saying which apps it deleted or how many phones were affected, but it's a pretty remarkable feat. Apple does not have similar capability — at least, none that it's used — but its approval process would likely weed out any violations from the beginning. Google also says that the apps were "practically useless" and that most users had already deleted the app on their own, leaving Google to remove only a few hundred copies of the app. Google also noted that the apps in question caused no security problems to users who had installed them.

Source: Flickr User osde8info

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Akasha Akasha 5 years
You know when Kindle did this with Animal Farm people freaked. Amazon offered to give everyone their money back and offered another copy of Animal Farm, but people were mad regardless. I'm not sure I'm comfortable with a company being able to remove information from my tech without my permission or approval. If it wasn't up to standards then they shouldn't have released it in the first place. Bad form
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 5 years
it sounds odd for google to do something this "apple-like". But I at least I haven't heard of google banning the word "apple" from the android market. When that day comes, i'll really be scared.
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