Google removing Application

by perumal316 » Wed, 11 Aug 2010 01:17:04 GMT


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 Hi All,

I came across various articles explaining about Google's ability to
remotely remove installed application from user's phone and also it's
ability to install applications (REMOVE_ASSET and INSTALL_ASSET).

It was further explained at the following Google's market website:

 http://www.google.com/mobile/android/market-tos.html 

at clause 2.4

My question is if the user does not have a data plan and is not
connected to wifi how does he/she maintain connnection with GTalk
Servers which is required in order to remove malicious application by
Google?

Regards,
Perumal

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Google removing Application

by Dianne Hackborn » Wed, 11 Aug 2010 02:14:05 GMT


 This is done with Google street cars.




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Google removing Application

by perumal316 » Wed, 11 Aug 2010 02:21:08 GMT


 Hi Dianne,

Sorry but I don't understand.

 I am actually asking about Google removing application remotely but
Google street cars is for capturing images for street view. Even if it
is used to remove application I guess the user must still be connected
to a wifi (I not sure).

My question is if the user does not have a data plan and is not
connected to wifi how is the malicious application is removed by
Google?

Thanks and Regards,
Perumal




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Google removing Application

by Dianne Hackborn » Wed, 11 Aug 2010 02:25:36 GMT


 If the device is not connected to a data network, then no, it can not be
told to remove the app.  This begs the question though -- if the device has
no network access, how did this app get on it in the first place?






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Google removing Application

by perumal316 » Wed, 11 Aug 2010 02:37:17 GMT


 Hi Dianne,

I think this is related to the software patching posting.

My main question is how Google can remove application remotely or push
down software patches if a user does not have a data connection nor is
connected to wifi?

I have already explained such a scenario in my previous posting titled
software patching  at:

 http://groups.google.com.sg/group/android-security-discuss/browse_thread/thread/2decc2ff1b33ee17 

Thanks and Regards,
Perumal






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Google removing Application

by Scurvy D. Licious » Wed, 11 Aug 2010 03:46:53 GMT


 Hi Dianne,
I loved the street car answer ;-)  but, for your question, I have a
Motorola Droid with a few apps on it, but it is no longer activated,
so it has no data connection, unless I use wifi. The apps are still on
it though, of course any online apps/malicious/data grabbing apps
would be useless without a data connection.

Scurvy D. Licious






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Google removing Application

by Scurvy D. Licious » Wed, 11 Aug 2010 03:47:03 GMT


 Without a data connection google cannot remotely add/remove apps nor
send updates. The device has to have an internet connection in order
to receive anything over the internet.

Scurvy D. Licious







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