We knew Google had the power to remotely remove Android apps
have backdoors into their mobile operating systems, too -- but it's always a little disconcerting
to see a kill switch used. Such is the case today, as we've just heard Google unleashed the hounds this week, siccing bits and bytes of remote deletion power on a pair of "practically useless" but still Terms of Service-infringing apps. Curiously enough, Google admits that most who'd downloaded these programs had deleted them already, and that this "exercise" of the remote application removal feature was merely a cleanup operation. Google says users will get a notification beamed to their phone if an app is removed, however -- so as Big Brother as that all sounds, at least the company's being nice and transparent about the whole matter, eh?
To be clear, the developers of the offending apps had already removed them from the Android Market, so this was
technically a cleanup. The only question is why Google would go out of its way to mop up an app that absolutely no one would miss.