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Google removes SMS spy app from Android Market

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Google removes SMS spy app from Android Market
Even though Android is an open system, there are limits to what  Google will allow as the developers of the app named Secret SMS Replicator found out. Added to the Android Market Wednesday, the software was removed Thursday after numerous complaints. The app allowed users to read SMS messages not intended for their eyes, by having the message transferred from the host phone to the user's phone secretly.

Citing the Android Market Content Policy, Google quickly kicked the app out the back door. Zak Tanjeloff, CEO of product developer DLP, defended his firm's Frankenstein creation when he told the New York Times, "This app is certainly controversial, but can be helpful to people in relationships where this type of monitoring can be useful," The executive continued, "The app is unique because there is no visible icon or shortcut to access it, so once it's installed, it will continue to monitor without revealing itself."

DLP, also the developer of the Mirror App for the Apple iPhone, says it creates about 100 apps a year for the Apple handset and for Android devices. Tanjeloff said that they decided on submitting the Secret SMS Replicator to the Android Market instead of the App Store because the former would not need to review the submission before having it listed. "We can’t build it for the iPhone because it wouldn’t make it past the App Store approval process," Mr. Tanjeloff said.

Did Google do the right thing, or should open system mean open system regardless of what software is developed?

source: NYT

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posted on 29 Oct 2010, 16:36

1. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1037; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Wow i want that app! But i don't want anyone else to...

posted on 29 Oct 2010, 18:36

2. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)


i wish i would have known about it! i would have added it right away!! i am going to kick myself for not seeing it if it was a free app..

if i would have downloaded it, would it still work had it been downloaded?

posted on 01 Nov 2010, 12:53 1

3. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)


"This app is certainly controversial, but can be helpful to people in relationships where this type of monitoring can be useful,"

how is that useful to a relationship, numbskull? spying on ur other half whether or not there is valid cause or justification from jealusy or other notions, this tool is not a relationship councilor, a priest, or a drinking buddy.... this apps is strictly spying, denying privacy everyone (including cheating spouces) is entitled to.

I'm an android user. but Apple gets one up here for making sure this is not permitted in the first place to ther market.

posted on 03 Nov 2010, 00:02

4. badmigraine (unregistered)


Funny how people are outraged that an app like this would be available, yet like sheep they submit to illegal wiretapping and surveillance of phone calls by the US government.

The app does have uses which are not as easily discounted as spying on a cheating spouse. For example, parental monitoring of their kids' texting. Some parents who might be interested in this app over concern about internet predators, or for supervising a child that may be having drug, depression or other issues.

I personally know a person in Japan who was considering divorce due to his wife's sneaking around and adultery. He used FlexiSpy and Mobile Spy on his iPhone to monitor her texting. Using information from the texts, he successfully prevented his wife from abducting the kids.

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