It’s not often that we get to tell you about Google pulling an app from the Market, they’ve been fairly lenient so far. Secret SMS Replicator is the latest app in a very short list that Google has removed from the Android Market.
Secret SMS Replicator, an app released earlier this week, when installed on an Android-powered phone would secretly forward all text messages to any phone number provided in the app — without the owner’s knowledge.
When asked about the obvious concerns regarding the app, Zak Tanjeloff, chief executive of the software house responsible for the app, replied “This app is certainly controversial, but can be helpful to people in relationships where this type of monitoring can be useful.”
The app has been billed as a tool to “help catch cheating spouses” or for parents to see what their kids are sending to others.
Whether or not you approve of this depends on which side of the monitoring you’re on. Google, apparently, doesn’t approve and has removed the app from the Market because it “violates the Android Market Content Policy.”
The app can still be downloaded and sideloaded onto phones without going through the Market.