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29 Dec 12 Developer releases dozens of fake apps in Google Play store, user beware

Malware in the Google Play store is nothing new, and Google does their best to sift out most of the crap that makes its way in, but sometimes some of it sneaks through. A Google Play developer account by the name of “apkdeveloper” has released a ton of fake apps and games that are essentially rip-offs of other popular apps.

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Some of the more popular titles that the developer rips off are Imangi’s Temple Run game and Glu Mobile’s Contract Killer Zombies. It appears the faux developer has put “Super” at the end of each app name, which should throw a red flag up right away as far as if it’s a legitimate app or not. Plus, all of the icons for all the apps are the same, rather than unique icons for each individual app or game.

Since many people won’t even dare to install these fake and malware-infested applications, we’re not quite sure what the malicious code might be capable of exactly, but several reports suggest that it delivers unwanted ads to several parts of your device. While doesn’t seem like a huge deal, it’s still annoying, and you never know what could be going on behind the scenes.

As always, be careful when downloading apps and make sure you’re not downloading a fake app that’s filled with malware. Usually, though, it’s all about common sense — check the name of the developer, check the reviews, check the descriptions and make sure you’re always downloading from legitimate sources. And if you come across a fake app, report it to Google.

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25 May 12 Google announces in-app subscriptions for Android apps

The new in-app subscription feature should open up new revenue opportunities.


Google today announced a new feature for
Android applications offered through the Google Play store. Available immediately for Android developers, in-app subscriptions will allow users to pay for monthly or annual subscriptions directly inside of apps. And as detailed by Google, the feature is set to auto-renew by default with transactions managed by the Google Play store.

In addition to adding a new level of convenience, the move opens the door to added revenue streams and even new types of content through Google Play. Looking forward, today’s announcement could entice magazines and news journals to offer subscriptions to consumers directly through Google Play.

After introducing in-app billing a year ago, Google now says that it has become quite profitable for developers. According to the Android Developers blog, 23 of the 24 top-grossing apps in Google Play take advantage of the feature, and the total revenue generated from in-app purchases exceeds that from traditional in-store purchases.

The first apps to implement the in-app subscription feature are expected to arrive in the coming days. Glu Mobile, a popular Android game developer, advises that it will release updated versions of its top titles with subscriptions through custom VIP currency packages.

Developers interested in offering in-app subscriptions are encouraged to log in to the Android dashboard and review the in-app billing documentation. Google advises that it has already enabled back-end support for devices running Google Play 3.5 or higher and that users can begin buying subscriptions immediately.

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