Avid 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.