Cracking down on fraudulent mobile applications, Google has suspended an app called ‘Updates for Samsung’ from the Google Play Store for violating its policies. The main reason the app was monitored by Google was that the application purportedly offered “any OS update for any Samsung device ever released.”
Google, in a statement, said, “Providing a safe and secure experience is a top priority and our Google Play developer policies strictly prohibit apps that are deceptive, malicious, or intended to abuse or misuse any network, device, or personal data. When violations are found, we take action.”
CSIS Security Group said that 10 million users were tricked into downloading this application which promised updates in exchange of a certain amount. Furthermore, the app allowed a free download with restricted speed limits (56KBps) which took hours to finish a download, say for an update that was 500MB in size. The app also fooled people by telling the users that it can unlock their SIM cards from any operator by paying $19.99 ₹ 1,400. The app has now been removed from the Play Store.
However, the developer had a different take on the entire brouhaha. He said in a statement that the app was pulled – “to remove the firmware service portion and non-Google payments.” The developer also added that the app was a “convenience to our audience”.
Generally, people don’t pay for updates. It’s free and every company offers monthly security updates and at least two Android upgrades.