One of the big testing categories in the realm of mobile – in this case mobile platforms – is unauthorized applications. Much to the dismay of users, Apple has gone to great lengths to maintain its ability to say which apps stay and which apps go. Android has done the same. Not to be outdone, we now learn that Mircosoft’s Windows Phone 7 will be no exception. Here’s CNET’s Josh Lowensohn with the details:
Built into Windows Phone 7, and the apps made available through the included marketplace application, is a layer of security that lets Microsoft disable or remove entirely an application from a user’s device.
According to a PC Pro interview with Todd Biggs, Microsoft’s director of product management for the Windows Phone Marketplace, this is a worst-case scenario type of security measure, and something that is unlikely to be a common occurrence given the company’s testing process prior to an app becoming available on the market.
Biggs also noted that apps can simply be pulled down from the market if trouble is suspected.
Apple made headlines in late 2008 when it was discovered that built into every app was a line of code that would phone home to make sure it wasn’t on Apple’s blacklist, and the app would become disabled if it was. This was later revealed to be more about protecting the security of a user’s location for apps that might seek to share it without the user knowing. Around the same time it was discovered that Google’s Android had a kill switch of its own that would let Google remove an application remotely.