Fake Apple apps pop up in Google Play, promptly yanked

Fake Apple apps pop up in Google Play, promptly yankedAvid Mobot readers (if such a thing exists) will know that one of Jan’s favourite iPad apps is Apple’s own GarageBand, which he's currently using to record his debut solo album.

Said app, along with five other Apple creations, appeared briefly on the Google Play store over the weekend, before being yanked. What the…?

The apps were, of course, fakes. There’s little to no chance of seeing GarageBand, or any of the others, on the Google Play store any time soon.

The full list of fake Google Play Apple apps, published by “APPLE INC”, was: Garage Band (note the space), iPhoto, iMovie, Keynote, Numbers and Pages.

The apps weighed in at $4.98 and $9.97, and – surprise, surprise – a handful of Android users were naïve enough to fork out for them.

It’s not clear if there’s anything malicious about the apps beyond not actually working (and making a small dent in ye olde wallet), but needless to say it’s a good idea to remove them post haste.

Amusingly, just the other day, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer described Android as “wild” and “uncontrolled”. You’re not wrong there, Stevie boy.

via: Reddit

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Pondlife  Nov. 19, 2012 at 16:17

If it was that uncontrolled they'd still be there...

StackedVegan  Nov. 19, 2012 at 17:01

@Pondlife Complete mess.

Pondlife  Nov. 19, 2012 at 17:14

You registered just for that....

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 19, 2012 at 17:14

I actually wouldn't call Garageband my favourite iPad app. I just think it does what it does comparatively well. That aside:
I don't quite think this story proves that the PlayStore is a mess as described by Ballmer.
A) as pondlife said, the apps were removed pretty quickly. B) there are apps in ALL appstores that are utter, useless cr*p.... whether the scammers call them Garageband or something more inventive is irrelevant.
And Ballmer should mind his own shop ;)

Greg.  Nov. 19, 2012 at 19:39

But at least Android and Google Play allows you to get refunds if the app isn't what you expect, whereas with Apple you'd be screwed out of your money. Dread to think how much the likes of 'fingerprint unlock' and 'face recognition unlock' have stolen on the App Store.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 19, 2012 at 19:55

But at least Android and Google Play allows you to get refunds if the app isn't what you expect, whereas with Apple you'd be screwed out of your money. Dread to think how much the likes of 'fingerprint unlock' and 'face recognition unlock' have stolen on the App Store.

True - although the time frame's a bit small to fully judge the app.

Pondlife  Nov. 19, 2012 at 20:48

Was better before they reduced the time limit. Maybe they could increase it for first few days of all new apps at least

AhmadCentral  Nov. 19, 2012 at 21:28

What is it now? 15 mins right? They should have at least 1 hour or 2.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 20, 2012 at 00:15

What is it now? 15 mins right? They should have at least 1 hour or 2.
Yeah, 15 mins down from 24 hours in the good old days.

martinwallis  Nov. 21, 2012 at 17:48

But at least Android and Google Play allows you to get refunds if the app isn't what you expect, whereas with Apple you'd be screwed out of your money. Dread to think how much the likes of 'fingerprint unlock' and 'face recognition unlock' have stolen on the App Store.

Am I missing something, I've had refunds for many apps from the App Store, I've even had refunds for some movies. Not sure where you've come to the conclusion that you cannot get refunds from?

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