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Big Brother Google?

Mar 8, 2011   //   by FreshTraffic   //   Google, internet news  //  Comments Off

In a little shown display of power, Google excercized it’s mobile muscle on it’s Android operating system over the last few days. It came to the attention of the mobile team of malicious software being made available on the market, and they quickly stepped in to isolate and destroy the offending apps.

What they did next, was show how much control that they have remotely to your Android software. I’ve read estimates that tens of thousands of users were affected by the software, and with the flick of a switch, Google removed the software from the infected devices. They remotely uninstalled the software from the handsets and for a final resolution recommend resetting the phones to factory default for good measure.

The Android Marketplace is being updated with better tools to manage applications, but the largest point made I noticed was the control Google was able to exert on their mobile operating system. It’s a touchy subject of privacy when users are subject to a websites constantly changing privacy policy ala Facebook, but it opens up a whole new can of worms when your mobile device is openly controllable from a remote location due to it’s operating system.

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