Originally Posted by EricTheHalfBee
Sure it does. In order for a 3rd party to offer advanced features (like locking or bricking a phone) they need access to API's. If they can access them what's to stop someone from using this API in a regular App to screw a bunch of people over?
This type of functionality should not even be made available to developers.
I still believe that, third party =/= not trustworthy. We'll have to agree to disagree. I think it's pretty safe to say that installing a "regular app" made by Sony, Autodesk, Adobe, BBC, Associated Press, etc. is not going to include a virus and they're not going to screw a bunch of people over by locking their phones. That's separate from the fact that most (if not all) of the apps made by those developers aren't even capable of wiping a phone as they don't utilize that API.
Now, if an Android user goes to the Play Store and installs a calculator app that:
1) was uploaded recently (the rare malicious apps don't tend to last long in any mobile app store)
2) is made by "JohnSmithCoding" or some other no name developer
3) requests permissions that include locking your phone (RED FLAG! A calculator app doesn't need that level of access!)
4) the user ignores that huge red flag and installs it anyways
4) the app developer really did have malicious intent and remotely locks the persons phone
If something like that were to happen, I'll laugh at that person right along with you.