I know I shouldn’t even have to say this, because the news IF Apple was going to port something like GarageBand to Android would be so huge that no one would be surprised when it landed.
But this weekend some Android users managed to get tricked into thinking that Apple had ported and released some of their key iOS apps to Android … and paying ~$5 – 10 for the fake apps.
It isn’t clear whether those buying the apps were refunded, and what was done to the people who posted the apps – it is the downside of the unchecked nature of Google Play that fake apps, malware, and IP infringement run rampant.
According to CultOfAndroid
Android users got a bit of a surprise over the weekend when they opened up Google Play to find a number of popular Apple apps had been ported to their devices. Apps like Garageband, iMovie, iPhoto, and the iWork productivity suite were all available to download for a brief period before they were pulled again.
Those who managed to purchase them before they disappeared, however, quickly found out that they were not the real thing. Surprise, surprise.
The possibility of Apple porting any of its apps to Android seems almost as likely as Tim Cook announcing Flash Player for iPhone. Yet it seems some Android users were fooled into thinking it had actually happened. It’s unclear just how many purchased the apps, but they certainly did not get what they expected.
All of the apps were developed by “Apple Inc,” according to their descriptions, and the developer’s website redirected users to Apple’s homepage. The email for technical support was “ firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The apps were priced between $5 and $10 — certainly not the cheapest Android apps around — and amazingly, iMovie even managed to achieve a three-star rating, though we’re assuming the reviews were just as fake as the app.
My basic advice is this: if it sounds too good to be real, it probably is; if it seems like a big deal and you haven’t heard about it or seen it on a web report, chances are it is fake; and until you see it emblazoned across Apple’s web site … don’t believe it when you see Apple apps for Android.