Smartphone Companies Plan to Add Kill Switch

Published 06/19 2014 04:34PM

Updated 06/19 2014 04:36PM

New crime stats from New York and San Francisco show that after apple added a "kill switch", robberies of iPhones plummeted.

But at the same time, violent crimes against people carrying phones without a kill switch surged.

Google and Microsoft will incorporate a kill switch into the next version of their respective operating systems.
Google's Android system runs on more than half of all smartphones used in the United States.

Microsoft's operating system is on all Nokia smartphones.

Today's announcement means that a kill switch will be incorporated into the three dominant smartphone operating systems: Android, IOS, and Windows Phone.

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