Earlier this week DLP Mobile launched Secret SMS Replicator, an application that is installed on a host phone and secretly forwards SMS messages to another handset. The function of the app didn’t sit well with Google, and in a move fairly atypical of the way apps are handled in the Android Market, Google has removed the application.
Their reasoning is that the app “violates the Android Market Content Policy,” and we tend to agree. Yes, the move by Google to ban the application will once again open up a raging debate about the open nature of the platform, but come on. If you want to spy on people and be a sketchy you can install the APK from a third party source, but why make it so easy for security to be compromised right in the Android Market?