[OT] Is Android really free? (was Re: root almighty)

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Thu May 21 16:25:02 CEST 2009

jldominguez wrote:
> Hello, is it true that Google can uninstall an app not approved by
> themselves (that is, an app not included in the 'Android Market')? I
> understand the app would be uninstalled when the user visits a Google shop
> or accesses a Google service?

It's not true that any non-approved app would be uninstalled as soon as the
user visits the market, that's a little bit too Apple-ish. The App store is
not the only place that you can get software.

However there does seem to be a "kill switch" that would enable google to
disable specific applications. IMHO this is another good reason to run it on
FR instead of G1 or other closed handset though, as this capability can be
discovered and disabled in the source tree.
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