Russian email app mistakenly loaded on some Android powered Samsung devices by Google Play

Russian email app mistakenly loaded on some Android powered Samsung devices by Google Play
A glitch caused by Google allowed some owners of Android flavored Samsung models to wake up Monday morning with a Russian email app installed on their phone. The app, MTS Mobile Mail, was originally thought to be malware but it turned out to be a legitimate app that was not supposed to be installed. In fact, the app is said to be notoriously hard to install and this could have been part of the reason for the errant download.

According to The Verge, the developer behind MTS Mobile Mail, OJSC Mobile Telesystems, also worked on Samsung's email app and might have used the same identifier,, and the same signing certificate for both. If so, sharing these would lead to the installation on Samsung phones as the phone could have be tricked into thinking that it was an update to Samsung's native email app. Removing the app would be above the ability of the average user, but not for an Xda-developer forum poster whose solution you will find below. In the meantime, MTS Mobile Mail has been removed from Google Play.

source: MTSMobile via TheVerge



1. andymp3

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Wow....So they finally admit it...This happened to me last year and I contacted Samsung, Google and the Russian company and they all acted like I did not know what I was talking about. I had the Samsung email app and did the usual upgrade and all of a sudden I had the MTS email app on my phone and the samsung email app was gone...I first thought I had got hacked or something then I had to reset my phone to get my Samsung email app back and avoided backing it up after that. I since then sold the phone. It happened on the Samsung galaxy S GT-i9000 and I do believe the same happened on my Captivate however can't remember. I now have the new Nexus and because of the lack of samsung software I don't have that issue. I can't believe this is only coming out a year or so ..Glad it was not just me and I don't feel so crazy

2. lukasound

Posts: 152; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

yeah, this confused me, but i was lucky to have turned off automatic app updates, so i got the notification and of course did not go through with installing some strange rusian app :P

3. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

In Soviet Russia, app download you!

5. AllEyezOnMe

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Probably the funniest comment I've read on PA lol

4. solidsnakeduds013

Posts: 221; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Russians are talking over our phones! Jk don't take that seriously

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