There's no need to imagine if it was Apple, since Apple has the capability as well since version 2 of the iphone OS at least. I don't think they can wipe apps, but they can remotely kill applications so they won't run, and really, what's the difference? Wiping the app is a little better security wise.

Don't worry, Steve will spin it into the best feature ever smile

Of course if you install through packages instead of marketplace, I believe the ability for Google to do so disappears.

Do I think either company has nefarious reasons for these additions? Not really. I imagine the install asset feature is going to be used for automatic updates without the user having to bother to do so, which would be nice. Of course if that's the case they need to make sure to allow users to opt out.

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