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Google Can Install Or Uninstall Any App on Android Phones

Google has revealed it can remotely install and uninstall any application on a user's Android smartphone.

Termed the "Kill Switch", the Remote Application Removal feature has recently been used to remove two applications developed by security researcher Jon Oberheide.

Google removed the applications, saying that although they did not pose a security threat, they were completely useless to users.

On the removal, Android security lead Rich Cannings said in a blog post: "After the researcher voluntarily removed these applications from Android Market, we decided, per the Android Market Terms of Service, to exercise our remote application removal feature on the remaining installed copies to complete the cleanup."

According to Google, Jon Oberheide, the developer of the two applications, had voluntarily removed from its Android market the two applications, which retrieved native codes through a periodical phoning process.