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Android in disaster recovery mode, vows to remote-wipe malware apps

by Kristen Nicole

Google (GOOG) found itself in disaster recovery mode last week, after some 50 Android Market applications were found to contain a malware program called DroidDream. In an effort to restore faith in its App Store alternative, Google’s vowed to build new safeguards into the Android Market, confirming the remote removal of malicious applications from users’ devices. Android users that have downloaded a malicious app will receive an e-mail within three days, explaining the situation and solution. Google is also pushing through an update called “Android Market Security Tool March 2011,” addressing several users’ concerns about what to do after the malware had been discovered.

Android vs WP7

The predicament was handled relatively swiftly by Google, as the company must take large scale measures to protect the integrity of its Android OS. As the mobile operating system takes a big lead over its competitors, some even wonder why Nokia (NOK) turned to Microsoft (MSFT) to save its platform, instead of following the Android herd. Intel (INTC) CEO Paul Otellini reportedly disagrees with Nokia’s decision to team with Microsoft, considering the lag Windows Phone 7 has in comparison to Android and iOS. Even Microsoft employees wonder at Windows’ platform usability, as the company’s recently released Bing Deals debuted on Android and iOS devices, leaving WP7 phones completely out of the picture.

Angry Birds reaches 30 million downloads

The gaming industry certainly realizes the promise of Android’s platform, as Angry Birds reaches an astounding 30 million downloads in the months since launching on the Market. The ad-supported version of Angry Birds has been a huge success for Rovio’s game network, with CEO Peter Vesterbacka noting at the recent Game Developer Conference that “80 percent of the folks that downloaded the game kept coming back for updates. That is an indication that people continue to play the game.”