Fake Apple apps hit Google Play

Good news, Apple fans! You can now use your favorite Apple apps on your Android device. Or not.

Here’s the dirt: according to Android Authority, earlier today, Apple’s complete app portfolio made an appearance on Google Play, including the likes of Garage Band, iPhoto, iMovie, Keynote, Numbers, and Pages. Unfortunately, it was - of course - too good to be true. The apps got near-universally bad reviews; one user eloquently summarised his opinion of the $4.99 iPhoto app:

Wont open says not connected to internet when i am

Now, you can place the blame for buying one of these apps solely on the users, but it’s still troubling that such blatantly fake apps slip into the Google Play store. There have been a couple of instances where Apple’s ‘walled garden’ has failed them, but it’s rare indeed to catch something so blatant on the App Store. And while Google did get the apps taken down within a few hours, the damage was already done by then.

We’re pretty sure that the fact that so many Android users jumped at the chance to buy Apple apps says something, too.

Source and image: Android Authority

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I don't think the number of users who downloaded really says anything at all. Other than "Oh look! An Apple app!" Just the same as any Apple user would think "Oh cool! An Android app!"

nekkidtruth said,
I don't think the number of users who downloaded really says anything at all. Other than "Oh look! An Apple app!" Just the same as any Apple user would think "Oh cool! An Android app!"


No, because it says APPLE INC right there.

ignorance, or just carelessness.. i hope.


panacea said,


No, because it says APPLE INC right there.

ignorance, or just carelessness.. i hope.


Just to be clear, I think they're complete idiots for downloading them too. I'm just saying, I don't think it screams "Android users want an iPhone" by any means.

panacea said,


No, because it says APPLE INC right there.

ignorance, or just carelessness.. i hope.


I'm pretty sure that Android doesn't have any apps that anyone would want

nekkidtruth said,
I don't think the number of users who downloaded really says anything at all. Other than "Oh look! An Apple app!" Just the same as any Apple user would think "Oh cool! An Android app!"

No it doesn't, but the fact that Google would allow this type of trash to be added without any actual review process is where the problem exists.

As for trying to 'con' users, it is easier to just bot a Linux router and watch for updates to Google Apps and then attach malware that then initiates random texts and calls that cost he user money. (Yes the certificate and client side checking is getting better in Android 4.x, but less than about 2-3% of Android users have it.)


THolman said,

I'm pretty sure that Android doesn't have any apps that anyone would want

Except for Google Maps
I'd kill to have it on my iPhone.

lukeslife said,
Whoever bought these are idiots.

Not really, Google maps apps for iOS, the average joe will think thats the same app their iphone buddies have.

Google needs to seriously fix the Play Store, every week theres a story about apps like this.

Who the hell approved these? is this an example of the fact that no one actually checks the submission but rather slow down the whole publishing process thus giving the illusion of a review taking place?

Mr Nom Nom's said,
Who the hell approved these? is this an example of the fact that no one actually checks the submission but rather slow down the whole publishing process thus giving the illusion of a review taking place?

Google Play isn't like the Apple store where you must be approved to have your app publish.

adrynalyne said,
Google Play isn't like the Apple store where you must be approved to have your app publish.

So basically any random crap can be put up on there? not even some sort of 'word filter' to stop people from using high profile company names to push their malware?

Mr Nom Nom's said,

So basically any random crap can be put up on there? not even some sort of 'word filter' to stop people from using high profile company names to push their malware?

The price of freedom...

Google does monitor this stuff, but I don't know that they stop *anything* from being initially posted.

adrynalyne said,

The price of freedom...

Google does monitor this stuff, but I don't know that they stop *anything* from being initially posted.

And that, children, is the definition of stupidity. That's even worse than the people who bought this stuff.

THolman said,

And that, children, is the definition of stupidity. That's even worse than the people who bought this stuff.

Yeah well, what does that make the people who actually monitor and approve apps for the Apple App Store, and still let crap in?

Darwin award nominees?

THolman said,

And that, children, is the definition of stupidity. That's even worse than the people who bought this stuff.

so you mean if someone posts something that's offensive or malware or whatever, and a mod doesn't see it and delete it in a split second, they're stupid?

Buttus said,

so you mean if someone posts something that's offensive or malware or whatever, and a mod doesn't see it and delete it in a split second, they're stupid?

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No, if someone allows a malicious party to profit from that crap in the first place when they have the capability of preventing it they are stupid

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