A new low: Alcatel begs for 5-star reviews by locking down essential calculator app features
Reddit user u/sysbuild had had enough of this on his Alcatel Idol 4 and shone light on the pitiful scheme, causing a minor uproar in the r/Android community. Following the deadly barrage of reports and negative reviews coming straight from the chaotic neutral hive-mind of Reddit, the app in question has been subsequently nuked down from the Play Store. However, a new version of the app popped up shortly after, and from our short first-hand experience with it, we've noticed zero begging for 5-star reviews.
But how did the app find its way to Alcatel's devices in the first place? Well, turns out that the company has been gradually replacing the stock Android apps it initially supplied on the devices with such shadier, spam-ridden third-party essential apps via software updates. Tsk, tsk.
We've reached out to Alcatel to comment on the issue and we'll update this post should we receive any feedback.