Fake versions of many Google apps arrive in the Windows Phone Store

Fake versions of many Google apps arrive in the Windows Phone Store
There are a good number of Windows Phone users who are eager to finally get the news that Google is going to start investing resources in the platform and bring official apps. Unfortunately, that also means that there are a good number of users who could be a target for scams using fake versions of Google apps, like the ones we have seen hit the Windows Phone Store recently.

Luckily, these fakes aren't exactly the most well-made fakes around. The most convincing part of the scam is that the publisher for the apps is listed as "Google, Inc.", whereas the real Google is listed as "Google Inc." (no comma). Once you get past that, the fakes are relatively easy to spot. The first major red flag is that all of the apps (Hangouts, Maps, Search, Voice, and Google+) are listed at $1.99, when it is pretty common knowledge that Google is all about free services. Once you dig deeper, the scam unravels more. The screenshots for the Google+ app are obviously just taken from the mobile website through IE, and the Google Voice screenshot isn't even showing the correct app. Instead, it is showing an app for voice memos. 

Obviously, we don't expect that any of these apps will last too long in the Windows Phone Store, but in the meantime, we wanted to bring attention to the fakes. Not so much because we believe that any of you would be fooled by the fakes, but more to highlight both the lack of effort put into the scam and the fact that a scammer was able to list itself as "Google, Inc." in the WP Store. That's not very good security by Microsoft on that. 

*Update* The apps have been pulled from the store. Microsoft said on the matter, "We removed a series of apps for violating our policies concerning the use of misleading information. The apps attempted to misrepresent the identity of the publisher." Although, you will notice there is no word on how or why the apps were approved in the first place. 

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2. sgodsell

Posts: 7448; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You know if Microsoft allows apps like that on their store. Then this just says a lot about Microsoft.

11. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Would be funny if those apps stole information too. Somebody bothered to infect the windows store and show how MS doesn't curate worth a damn. That'll be fun.

25. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

LIKE THEY STOLE YOUTUBE APP

34. papss unregistered

You mean the you tube they created that was better? Google wished it know how to code like m$

89. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Why is it better? Cause it worked probably just like the youtube one on android, but with less features.

35. papss unregistered

This isn't the spamstore.. I mean play store

78. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

This isn't the no apps and games store,,, I mean Wp,store

103. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

This!

115. SleepingOz unregistered

Buahahahahaha!

5. androidTaker unregistered

SAD part of owning an android phone is that it never gets updated to the latest version. Consumers have to wait for a long period of time to get updates and not all android phones get updates. Those old android handsets owner have to buy new phones every-time. Whereas Apple owners (iPhone 4, 2010) still runs iOS 7.1 damn good and everytime it gives the old phone a new life. Does Samsung Galaxy S gets Android 4.4? Oh not really....

12. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Android phones do get updates. Older models, which may not have enough memory, wouldn't be able to support all updates. That's why they wouldn't get updates. Phones with 1gb of RAM wouldn't be able to support 4.1 and on. But if you really had an Android device, you would know this. No, you're just some ass clown troll looking to get fed. And try installing iOS 7.1 on a 3gs and see how far it gets. Lmao!! Begone troll!

16. lagdroid

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

U create a joke here by talking about android system updates tell me how many mid range models updated with kitkat? Tell me 2012 xperia models cant be updated to kk? Why? Low end galaxy never receives upgrades. Htc one x nevers sees kk, why? Android+system updates= big joke and talk here about unofficial ports because if you talk i think you cant understand the meaning between official and unofficial.

18. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

HTC can't update the one x+ due to nvidia, and didn't think it would be great then to just update the one x. One S also has no more support from qualcomm. http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/02/htc-actively-exploring-kitkat-update-for-one-x-blames-nvidia-for-delay/ Sony is updating the xperia z http://blogs.sonymobile.com/2013/11/07/on-jelly-bean-4-3-kit-kat-4-4/ Moto X Updated to KK Moto G updated to KK Moto models from 2012 will get 4.4 as well. Troll harder next time mofo

19. lagdroid

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Thousands of android devices and you are just talking about moto! lets add a list galaxy ace 2 galaxy s3 mini galaxy s3 without lte galaxy s advance galaxy y galaxy young galaxy core galaxy s2 galaxy s2 plus (take all galaxy except note 2 and s3) htc one v one s desire series xperia s xperia ion xperia sola xperia u xperia go xperia neo v list goes on buddy now talk about iphone even 512 ram device was updated to ios 7 (4 and 4s) tell me a one android device which is support till 4 years galaxy s (support end after gb sibling of iphone 4) go and first do some homework at last android kitkat launched in November. Now its 2014 march and not the half of devices are updated to kk except 2013 flagships

26. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

No one cares, theres still custom roms and kernels which third party DEVS will contine to support laughing that wp and ios does not have any of this....

97. galahad

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

not all wanted a custom rom lol

38. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

What is this?? Troll Friday?? You guys are popping out of the woodwork! For all of those Android handsets that can't be updated officially due to memory constraints or chipsets not being supported, there's always custom roms. And if you don't know how to do one yourself, there are numerous people out there who can do it for them for very little money. And several of them even offer free after support. So our non point is just that, a non point. Troll detected! Troll destroyed!

49. lagdroid

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

I really laughed at your comment• so tell me how many customs roms(fully stable) are created officially for low and mid end? They also just create ut for flagships. I already told you explaing fandroids is a time wastage

52. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Much like explaining things to Windows Phags and iZombies. You're a tough little troll. You just won't die, will you? Begone back under your bridge!

63. papss unregistered

Nice wording..ill be reporting you for that one.. Thanks keep it up

64. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Awww... You going to tell on me? Don't start none junior, won't be none.

81. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

No need for that, we can handle this ourselfs,,,,

80. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lmao, zombies

105. galahad

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

and how do you call yourself?

98. galahad

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

kitkat is for 512 MB ram

66. willard12 unregistered

So, because Apple updates their devices, all models can perform the functions of the new OS? Can the iphone 4 run Siri after the updates to ios 6 and 7. Updates in "name only" just make followers feel better about themselves. If the phone can't use any features if the update, what's the point?

84. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

You asked and I smacked you down. Stop changing the goal posts and claiming victory. Oh wait, you are a fcking troll. By the way, that iphone 4 or 3GS didn't get all of ios7's features or 6, more like only a fraction of them, so BFD. And both of them shouldn't been updated because people complained about how crappy it runs it. But bleep, it runs ios7!

28. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

@16 First, create a nickname that doesn't scream "Troll Detected" Second, read the first line...

21. lagdroid

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Explaing android fanboys is just a waste of time because they just see user count better we stick with our os(wp and ios)

24. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Does iPhone 4 get ios7? Oh not really On one hand, the iPhone 4 doesn't get all the features of iOS7, on the other hand, does the iPhone 4 perform with iOS7 as it did with iOS 4 that launched with it? In fact, Apple updates its older iphones so that they become choppy and laggy in order to have you buy the newest iPhone. I'm sure the iPhone 5s with its 64bit processor will struggle with iOS10 in 3/4 years.

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