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News Android features kill-switch

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 17 Oct 2008.

  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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  2. liratheal

    liratheal Sharing is Caring

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    Not shocked. At all.

    With application stores, either as closed as Apple or as open as Android, there needs to be an option like this. More so with Google than Apple, but hey.

    At least they're being more up front than Apple about the whole thing.
     
  3. [USRF]Obiwan

    [USRF]Obiwan New Member

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    wtf?

    obi talking dirty over the phone to his girly...

    GOOGLE: (in a android like simulated voice) "MDK! MDK! your phone will be disabled for 5 minutes for violating rule 36"


    Rule 36: Your repeated violation of the Verbal Morality Statute
     
  4. shigllgetcha

    shigllgetcha Come at me bro

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    you can do whatever you want as long as we agree with it
     
  5. BioSniper

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    What irks me is peopling saying "oh well, it's probably a good idea". Yet when apple does it people cry foul.
     
  6. liratheal

    liratheal Sharing is Caring

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    There is a difference between the two, though. Apple control their store very, very strictly. However, Google are running a much more open store, so the chance for malicious apps is much, much higher.

    It also helps that Google have got this pretty up front, where as Apple didn't tell anyone until someone stumbled across the black list in the phones firmware.

    Doing something like this with no explaination gives people a reason to cry foul, and yet, doing the exact same thing, but telling the users, and providing a fairly sound reason, isn't really giving people a leg to stand on to complain about it. As a side note, I wasn't fussed about Apple doing it either, but hey.
     
  7. quack

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    Wasn't fussed about the Apple kill-switch, not fussed about this one either.
     
  8. Tomm

    Tomm I also ride trials :¬)

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    I think the interesting thing will be how they choose to exercise their right to use the killswitch. Will it just be used to help users rid their phones of malicious programs, or will they block other programs that Google or T-mobile just disagree with?

    I know that a few iphone apps to allow using the iPhone as a modem have been pulled from the app store, presumably because AT&T (and the other major carriers) didn't like the sound of it (although I don't believe Apple have used the killswitch to remove programs from your device yet?). I don't really see how this news can be interpreted as being good for the consumer, but I'm not going to get too upset by it.
     
  9. liratheal

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    Yeah, AT&T (Not sure about O2, but I expect they're the same. More than likely driven by Apple, to be honest) don't want the iPhone (Unsure about their other 3G phones) being 'tethered' (Used as a modem), which is a real kick in the junk.
     
  10. War-Rasta

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    I don't know how anybody could not be upset by this. I don't own an iphone and don't plan on ever getting one and as for google's phone I don't think I'll get one any time soon IF i ever do get one, but giving google, apple or any company for that matter the power t odecide what goes on your phone just seems like a stupid concept to me. I wouldn't want Microsoft or Intel deciding which apps I can install on my computer just because my CPU or OS come from them! If I paid for the thing I have the right to do as I please with it and if I Install something that breaks my phone in two after it sent my passwords and credit card information to a terrorist organization that drives over baby cats in the Philippines that's my problem! Do you go crying to MS when you catch a virus on your computer? What they have to do is make sure that whatever they sell is not gonna do any kind of nasty things in the first place, but once I have an app on my phone it should stay there. If they find something they missed and want to pull the app off the should send me some kind of notice and I'll choose what to do.
     
  11. Lepermessiah

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    I wants me an Android.
     
  12. Tulatin

    Tulatin The Froggy Poster

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    Short of for rifling malware, I don't see the ethical grounds for this.

    It would be akin to Microsoft being able to parse your list of installed applications, and remove them at will.
     
  13. D B

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    That's pretty much what I think of the whole thing
     
  14. p3n

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    They have to have a killswitch for mobile networks to agree to have it on their network, its simple people.
     
  15. D B

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    ?
    please expand on this for us simple people :lol:
    ... this is true for all phones? ... all networks
     
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