from a USA Today article (full link below): "Google and Microsoft will add kill switches to the next versions of their cell phone operating systems, according to San Francisco district attorney George Gascón. The move is seen as a major step towards making smart phones and other easily-stolen devices such as tablets less of a theft risk...." This will allow a user to disable their stolen phone and erase data (if they wish)...making the phone not worth hardly anything. If the phone is recovered, it can be reloaded by the rightful owner. here is the full article: USA Today Article
The new version of Google PlayStore has reduced the amount of detail that you see for permissions the desired application requires. This could cause us to download and install an app that needs permissions that we don't want to grant. So...here is a link to an article that explains the situation and shows you how to see the permissions detail before downloadin/installing a new app from the PlayStore.