Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Jun 2010 22:56 UTC, submitted by fran
Google While it's currently cool to love Google's Android and hate Apple's iOS, especially because of the massive difference in philosophy (open vs. closed), Google still retains a fair amount of control over the Android Market. This was demonstrated this week Google employed its remote kill switch for two Android Market applications, removing them from all Android devices on which they were installed.
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Double standards
by moondino on Wed 30th Jun 2010 00:46 UTC
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Why do people defend Google in this situation?

If Apple did this, some of you would be all over it.

There should be a setting, defaulted to ON, that can be changed to PROMPT or OFF for any remote application uninstall.

Imagine if someone keys in the wrong command and wipes all purchased apps from your phone? Or accidentally flags all apps as malicious? Even if it isn't "evil", systems and the people operating them make mistakes.

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RE: Double standards
by Neolander on Wed 30th Jun 2010 09:15 in reply to "Double standards"
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If Apple did this, some of you would be all over it

And some would advocate it too, explaining how great it is for security with lots of buzzwords like "techie just can't understand" or "curated app distribution model".

I really don't think that there's a double standard. From an exterior point of view (I despise the entire current touchscreen smartphone market), both platforms have their unilateral-thinking advocates who will unconsciously find everything Google/Apple does marvelous, no matter how objectively horrible it is.

For Apple, this can be explained because the brand has traditionally pictured itself as thinking differently and knowing better than the other, and hence logically got the "I'm-a-genius-nobody-understands-me" kind of people among their supporters. For Google, the phenomenon is more difficult to analyze, but I think that's because they're generally doing great and display it prominently, while knowing to hide their bad actions pretty well.

Edited 2010-06-30 09:18 UTC

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