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  1. Anubis banking malware re-emerges again and the threat actors distributing the malware on Google Play store apps to stealing login credentials to banking apps, e-wallets, and payment cards. Anubis banking malware re-emerges again and the threat actors distributing the malware on Google Play store apps to stealing login credentials to banking apps, e-wallets, and payment cards. Hackers always finding new ways to bypass the Google play store security and distributing malware via Android apps that will act as the first step in an infection routine that fetches the BankBot Anubis mobile banking Trojans via C&C server. Users are frequently gets infected once they download and install the malicious apps via google play store, even though play store security inspect all the app that uploaded into Google Play, cybercriminals always implement the sophisticated techniques to evade the detection. Researchers found anew downloaders in-app store that linked with Anubis banking malware and this campaign contains at least 10 malicious downloaders disguised as various applications. All the Downloader distributed via Android apps can fetch more than 1,000 samples from the criminal’s command-and-control (C&C) servers. Cyber criminals uploading apps into google play store looks live a legitimate one they compromise users by promoting that they are providing “expertise” as a service. Anubis banking malware Sample apps Researchers discovered Malicious apps play store apps that posed as a legitimate one and the downloader apps target Turkish-speaking users. All the malicious apps are uploaded to different categories such as online shopping to financial services and even an automotive app. Malicious downloader is more stealthy and one of the apps contains zero detection in VirusTotal listed antivirus engines. According to X-Force’s analysis, these changes suggest that the downloader app is being maintained on an ongoing basis — another sign that it is a commodity offered to cybercriminals or a specific group that’s focused on defrauding Turkish mobile banking users. Once malicious downloader successfully installed into the victims Android mobile then the app fetches BankBot Anubis from one of its C&C servers. Also, BankBot Anubis malware posed as an app called “Google Protect” and force users to grant the permission. This accessibility will act as a keylogger to obtain the infected user’s credentials from infected users mobile. “In most Android banking Trojans, the malware launches a fake overlay screen when the user accesses a target app. The user then taps his or her account credentials into the fake overlay, which allows the malware to steal the data. BankBot Anubis streamlines this process.” The downloader apps in this particular campaign were designed to address Turkish users. With different botnets and configurations. BankBot Anubis itself also targets users in many countries such as Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan Kazakhstan, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, U.K. U.S. Source
  2. Apps already removed by Google, Avast says Some of the apps had several reviews revealing their malicious activity Security company Avast discovered no less than 26 apps on the Google Play Store that included adware forcing ads on compromised systems, using special behavior to make it harder for users to remove the infection. The apps were based on the Cordova development framework and used various developer names, most likely in an attempt to avoid having all of them removed at once by Google. They were published in a wide variety of categories, like cryptocurrency related, currency converters, weather, and fitness. Many recorded several thousand downloads. Once downloaded on an Android device and launched for the first time, the apps removed their icons from the home screen, probably to make it more difficult for users to remove then, but also to make it harder to figure out which app was pushing the malicious behavior. Ads on the lock screen They started showing ads, even on the home and lock screens, while also collecting information like unique identifier, app package name, and Android OS version. All information was sent to a remote server, and in some instances, Avast says that apps also waited for links from a second remote server, most likely to download additional apps. “Based on the information the apps send back to the server, we don’t think this information was being used to spy on the user, but rather to confirm the phone’s had the right configuration to send payloads to, or to make sure ads could be displayed properly,” Avast says. Many of the apps that were downloaded following the adware infection have relevant reviews posted by users whose devices were compromised and were forced to install additional payloads. Additionally, there were also 5-star reviews on some occasions, but Avast says these reviews were most likely fake. Google has already removed all these apps from the Google Play Store, and users who want to uninstall these apps need to do it from the Store since the icon on the home screen was already gone. Source
  3. Google has removed 41 Android apps from the official Play Store. The apps were infected with a new type of malware named Judy, and experts estimate the malware infected between 8.5 and 36.5 million users. According to researchers from Check Point, the apps were available on the Play Store for years, but have been clean and virus-free for most of the time. It appears that starting with April 2016, the apps were slowly updated with malicious code. The purpose of this code was to launch a browser app, load an URL, and use JavaScript to locate and click on specific banners that would bring profits to the malware's creators. One company behind most malicious apps According to Check Point, almost all malicious apps were made by a South Korean company called Kiniwini, but registered on the Google Play Store as ENISTUDIO corp. It is unclear if the company added the malicious code itself, or its servers were compromised and the code added by a third-party. Furthermore, besides the hidden ad-clicking activity, the operators of the Judy malware used it to insert intrusive ads in other apps, almost to the point that users had no possibility of viewing or interacting with the original app's content. A list of apps infected with the Judy Android malware is available here. Despite apps going through periodic reviews, Google's Play Store security system, named Bouncer, wasn't able to pick up the malware's malicious activity. Nonetheless, help is coming! Google launches new Android security services On May 17, during the Google I/O annual event, Google announced a new service called Google Play Protect. According to Google, this new service continuously scans all Android apps and user devices for malicious behavior and uses machine learning to detect any suspicious activity. Once it detects a malicious app, it removes it from the phones of all users who installed it. The new Google Play Protect service suite is currently shipping to all devices with the Google Play app installed. Source
  4. Netflix has confirmed that its app for Android doesn’t work on devices that have been rooted. The company revealed that rooted Android phones or those with unlocked bootloaders can no longer download the app from the Google Play Store. Netflix stated for Android Police, “With our latest 5.0 release, we now fully rely on the Widevine DRM provided by Google; therefore, many devices that are not Google-certified or have been altered will no longer work with our latest app and those users will no longer see the Netflix app in the Play Store.” The official Netflix app simply appears as “incompatible” on rooted smartphones or devices that have unlocked bootloaders, even if they weren’t previously rooted. Surprisingly, the Netflix app continues to work on those devices, but they no longer have the ability to download the application from the Play Store. Netflix app works as before on rooted phones The Netflix app continues to work on rooted phones, allowing users to browse and search the catalog or play videos just like before. Still, the application won’t receive updates past the Netflix 5.0 version, meaning that no new features will come to users on rooted phones. Netflix relies on Google’s Widevine DRM technology, which is compatible with multiple desktop and mobile platforms. The technology provides one of three security levels for each device, depending on which processes run in the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE). Still, the Play Store listing appears to be connected to the device’s SafetyNet status, not the Widevine TEE. Therefore, it’s quite surprising that the Netflix app can’t be downloaded from the Play Store on rooted devices, but that it continues to work on such Android phones. Perhaps, at some point, the application will stop working on all Android smartphones that have been altered, which will surely disappoint some users. When that happens, the Netflix app will join the list of apps and services that don’t work on rooted phones, together with Android Pay. Source
  5. The BankBot Android banking trojan is giving Google engineers headaches, as this particular piece of malware has a knack for avoiding Google's security scans and reaching the official Play Store on a regular basis. The story of this banking trojan goes back to January 2017, when the source code of an unnamed Android banking trojan was leaked online on an underground hacking forum. Shortly after, someone took this source code and created a new banking trojan known as BankBot, which by the end of the month, had already been used to target users of Russian banks. By next month, February, BankBot's authors improved the malware's support with the ability to target the customers of banks in other countries, such as the UK, Austria, Germany, and Turkey. BankBot has the ability to avoid Google's security scans Despite basing BankBot on leaked source code, the malware's creators improved the codebase and added the ability to disguise the malware enough to trick the Google Bouncer security scanner. In total, researchers initially detected three different BankBot campaigns that managed to upload Android apps on the official Google Play Store. Google intervened in each and took down the apps, but it quickly became apparent to researchers that BankBot had Bouncer's number. Two more campaigns detected last week Come April, and these campaigns are still active. While BankBot was first discovered by Russian cyber-security firm Dr.Web, and subsequent campaigns were detected by ESET, Dutch firm Securify has also identified two new BankBot campaigns that have also managed to pass two apps by Bouncer and onto the Play Store. The first of those apps was one named Funny Videos 2017, and was taken down last week, but not before reaching between 1,000 and 5,000 downloads. The second app, HappyTimes Videos, was found over the Easter holiday and was just taken down before this article's publication. BankBot has grown into a sophisticated threat According to security experts, both apps were infected with a recent version of the BankBot trojan. As the name hints, BankBot is an Android banking trojan. Just like most Android banking trojans, BankBot works by showing a fake login window on top of the user's legitimate banking application. Some of BankBot overlays [Source: Securify] In reality, BankBot can steal login credentials for more than banking applications. Past versions were also able to steal login details for apps such as Facebook, Viber, Youtube, WhatsApp, Uber, Snapchat, WeChat, IMO, Instagram, Twitter, and the Google Play Store. Further, BankBot could also lock the user's device in a ransomware-like behavior, and intercept SMS messages for the ability to bypass two-step verification operations. Below is a list of 424 legitimate banking apps for which the BankBot versions spotted last week were configured to target. The codes in this list are usually the codes at the end of the Google Play Store app page. You can access the Google Play Store page for your own mobile banking app, and check to see if that code appears in the list below. Source
  6. Google Play Store Starts Offering a Free Android App Every Week The first free app is Car Wars-Adventure Time Sadly, it’s only available in the US for now, but we expect Google to offer the new section globally soon enough. The first free app is Card Wars – Adventure Time, a game based on Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time show. The app normally costs $2.99, but Google is offering it for free for a limited time. The game is also available on iOS for the price of $3.99. This isn’t the first time that Google offered such a deal. Back in 2015, the tech giant ran a similar weekly promotion, but later decided against it. Google Play Store runs a similar promotion like App Store Google isn’t the only app store to offer free applications each week. Apple has been running a similar promotion in its App Store, providing iOS users with access to a “Free iOS app of the week” without requiring them to pay. This week’s free iOS app is a video camera and editing app called Musemage, which normally costs $3.99, but users don’t have to pay for it if they download the app this week. Apple offers both productivity and game apps for free each week, and we expect Google to adopt a similar move. Truth be told, the Play Store has lots of free applications and alternatives to paid apps that users can check out, but this is mostly applicable for productivity offerings. When it comes to paid games, there weren't any alternatives to those who don’t wish to use their credit cards when downloading apps. Google recently introduced a new feature that allows developers to run sales on their paid apps or make them available for free for a limited time. Moreover, the tech giant introduced playable ads for Android games and Play Store updates. Source
  7. The adware infected apps Researchers over at ESET have discovered 87 malicious apps disguised as mods for Minecraft on the official Google Play app store. Nearly 1 million users had installed them before Google pulled them from the store. According to ESET's report, these 87 apps were pestering Android gamers with aggressive ads and scam activity. Researchers have divided the large number of apps into two categories - ad-displaying downloaders and fake apps redirecting users to scam websites. For the first category, ESET found 14 fake apps impersonating Minecraft mods with up to 80,000 installs. They all have low ratings due to the aggressive ads they deliver to users so, normally, they should be easy to avoid by users. The other category trying to scam users contains 73 apps. In total, they had about 910,000 installs since being uploaded to Google Play somewhere between January and March 2017, depending on the app. Bury you in ads and spam What did these apps do? Well, when you launched one, they displayed a screen with a download button. Tapping that button doesn't download any mods, as promised, but rather redirects the user to a website that opens via the user's preferred browser and displays "all kinds of obtrusive content." The list varies from ads, surveys, free coupon offers, jackpot wins, porn, fake updates, and fake virus warnings. “To prevent getting tricked by fake apps and malware, always opt for official app markets,” Lukáš Štefanko, Malware researcher at ESET, reminds users. “Be extra cautious when downloading third-party apps offering additional functions to existing applications. It also helps to check the popularity of the app by numbers of installs, ratings and, most importantly, content of reviews - in the case of these apps, low ratings and angry reviews should have been a good enough indicator of their untrustworthiness.“ If you've fallen victim to one of these apps and want to remove them, go to Settings -> Security -> Device administrators. Then, you can uninstall the apps by going to Settings -> Application Manager. Source
  8. Android User Locked Out Of Google After Moving Cities Image Courtesy: Techworm An Android user has been locked out of his Google account apparently because he moved cities, according to a post on Reddit. The explanation offered by Google support staff was that since his address details differed, billing information with Google wasn't current and hence the user's purchases could look fraudulent. The user in question does not know for sure that this is the reason; during his interactions with Google support to find out why he had been locked out, he was told that When asked what he could do, he was initially directed by Google staff to a site where he had to scan his driver's licence and credit card and told that he would have to wait 24 hours to get his account unlocked. But after this time passed, he was told that the account would not be unlocked and Google would not tell him why. He was advised to abandon his old account and start a fresh one. However, this meant he could not use the credit card that he had used on the old account and would have to obtain a new one to continue using Google's services. All his previous purchases would not be transferred to the new account, he was told. An email he sent to Google support resulted in the following reply: Source
  9. New Algorithm in Google Play Focuses on Smaller App Updates The new delta algorithm for Google Play rolled out recently The information about the new algorithm appeared on Android Developers blog, together with tips on how app developers can reduce the size of their APK. Delta updates are more efficient ways in bringing improvements to applications. A delta update only updates certain files in the APK, without having the need to update the whole APK. Google stated that 98% of app updates are delta updates to the APK, which also helped users save data. The new algorithm does much more than that, it's named bsdiff and it was created to make updates and app downloads smaller, so that they wouldn't take that much out of data plans. Google announced that the new delta update can reduce the size of patches by 50% or more. Bsdiff was created to produce more efficient deltas of native libraries and take advantage of ways in which native code changes between versions. Information about data used and download size is displayed in a clearer way The blog provided an example of Google Chrome, whose latest major update from M46 to M47 had a patch size of 22.8MB, which was reduced using Bsdiff to 12.9MB. The M47 minor update had a size of 15.3MB and was reduced to just 3.6MB. But that's not all, APK Expansion Files allows developers to include additional large files up to 2GB in size, like high resolution graphics or media files. Download size of initial installs can be reduced by 12%, while update by 65% in average. Google Play Store now displays information about data used and download sizes in a more clearer way. Users can view the actual download size, not just the APK size. The changes have already started rolling out. Source
  10. Google's Early Access Apps Section is Live in the Play Store Users can join beta testing programs easier In the past few years, Google started allowing developers to test their beta versions of applications through the Google Play Store. Users could opt for joining such testing programs either on Google Group or Google+ Community. The new Early Access Apps Section shows unreleased applications that users can check out on the Google Play Store. The section went live today, which means that it will be available to users from all around the world. A new banner was added for the Early Access Apps section, which reveals a whole list of unreleased applications that users can check out. Even games are part of this section, so users can join beta tests to check out the new offerings. Leaving a beta testing program was also made easy, users simply need to scroll down to the bottom of the app page and tap on the “Leave” button. There aren't many apps and games in development currently, ten or nine apps are available in the section and the number depends on regions and availability. The features first started rolling out to some users in May, but it seems that now Google has decided to make them available to everyone in the Play Store. Source
  11. Facebook Forces Android Users to Get Messenger App Facebook disables chat service on mobile web Users who accessed their Facebook accounts from mobile browsers have received a message stating that “Your conversations are moving to Messenger." After the message is displayed, they are instantly redirected to the Google Play download page for Facebook’s Messenger application. Even though they could tap back and access conversations on Facebook, the message persisted in appearing, thus forcing users to download the messaging application. The message doesn’t seem to show up for absolutely all users, but many have encountered this new change. Facebook will also bring end-to-end encryption to Messenger The motivation behind this new move at Facebook seems to be quite clear. The social networking giant is in charge of two of the most popular messaging services in the world, one of which is obviously WhatsApp. Therefore, the company intends to separate its services, leaving the main Facebook app for browsing and posting content while Messenger should be solely for chatting in groups and with friends. Messenger does provide some additional functionality, as compared to Facebook’s main app, but there’s a chance that some people might not want to have two separate applications for the same service on their devices. Of course, there’s the matter of battery drainage on mobile devices and the drag of switching from one application to another. However, this is not the only change that Facebook intends to bring to its platform. A few days ago, we reported that Facebook planned to bring end-to-end encryption so that messages between users would be more secure. The feature would be optional and could be disabled at any time. End-to-end encryption is expected to reach Facebook Messenger in the coming months. Source
  12. If an app is stored on F-droid and Google Play Store both, which one will you prefer and why? What you guys think?
  13. Google Play Store v4.8.20 Patched Installer (All Colors) Overview: Play Anywhere, All your entertainment in one place, Google Play is your one-stop shop for all your favorite entertainment. Google Play is your one-stop shop for all your favorite entertainment. With over 450,000 apps, millions of songs and books, and thousands of movies, Google Play has something for everyone. Before you decide what you want, sample a free music or book, view app ratings, reviews, and screenshots, or watch a movie trailer. Google Play is a more connected, powerful experience. More Info: https://play.google.com/store Download Links: http://www.tusfiles.net/xe0apmfw7aux https://usersfiles.com/q9c1vtxamet3 http://up.bannedhost.com/oy9h090zcmu6 http://www.indishare.com/xqalrbxnm3ky
  14. Google Play Store v4.8.20 (Google Signed Original APK) Requirements: 2.2+ Overview: Play Anywhere, All your entertainment in one place, Google Play is your one-stop shop for all your favorite entertainment. Google Play is your one-stop shop for all your favorite entertainment. With over 450,000 apps, millions of songs and books, and thousands of movies, Google Play has something for everyone. Before you decide what you want, sample a free music or book, view app ratings, reviews, and screenshots, or watch a movie trailer. Google Play is a more connected, powerful experience. More Info: https://play.google.com/store Download: https://www.tusfiles.net/kn9vpgtotwe5 http://www.indishare.com/sc6b7hxywfb2 http://up.bannedhost.com/btgltzxd0o5g http://usersfiles.com/1llj4b3fvse7
  15. Google Play Store 4.8.19 Released Google has been spoiling us in the last couple of months with regular updates to the Play Store, which bring lots of new features, tweaking and more polishing. The new Google Play Store update, which is now rolling out worldwide, adds lots of major features, as well as some small visual improvements and UI tweaks. However, some of these features are only available in specific countries, as mentioned by Google. For example, Google has announced that with the launch of the latest Google Play Store application, Android users will be able to use PayPal as method of payment. The new payment method is only available in 12 countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, UK and United States. But these are not the only changes included in Google Play Store 4.8.19. Carrier-billing is another new feature added via this update, but the new feature has only been introduced in seven more countries bringing the total to 24, including Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan. In addition, Google has confirmed that it has made Play Store gift cards available to 13 countries, including Germany and Japan. Regarding Android developers, Google has announced that it has introduced support for them in more countries. Official word is that developers in 13 countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey, can now sell applications on Google Play. With the addition of these 13 countries, the number of countries with support for local developers has reached 45. Furthermore, Google has confirmed that it has increased buyer currency support to 28 new countries, thus making it easier for developers to adjust their pricing in 60 countries. What's New? New HeadersNew Additional Information SectionSimplified Permission ListsBig ButtonsPaypal SupportOdds And EndsScreen Shots: Download LINKS (Courtesy of androidpolice.com): The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK. File name: com.android.vending-4.8.19.apk Version: 4.8.19 (Android 2.2+). MD5: 6d7e04ac5b0d90669ed1f79ad3355fd2. AndroidFileHost mirrorZippyShare mirrorMediaFire mirrorMEGA mirrorThanks to +Matthieu Harlé for the APK! Source: softpedia.comandroidpolice.com
  16. A Google Play Store 4.5.10 update will soon be rolled out to your handset, but you can side load it as an APK file right now from the source link below and enjoy the benefits. It is a rather significant update, bringing above all an in-app purchases indicator. Here's the full changelog of today's 6.63 MB update: Activity Feed Stars are green instead of blue Avatars are circles not squares typography change New layout for reviews, including your own Indicator for in-app purchases The other big thing, besides the warning note which apps contain in-app purchases, is the ability to edit or completely delete your app review. You also get to share your activity feed on Google Plus, with all the comments, +1s and ratings you've given to apps. Screenshots -|dOWNlOAD LiNKS|- Google Play Store 4.5.10 Source
  17. CyanogenMod Inc. has released an installer to help users with flashing the company’s popular Android ROMs on their device. The app is currently available for free in the Google Play Store. The app requires companion desktop software which is available to download on Windows PCs for free. Combined, the desktop software and mobile app should make installing a CyanogenMod ROM a breeze. Of course, the user’s Android smartphone must be on the list compatible devices to get the special treatment. You can download the CyanogenMod installer in the Google Play Store right now. or You can try out the pc windows version over here Original Article
  18. Just a couple of days ago, i showed you some screenshots that appeared to show the Google Play Store running on BlackBerry 10. While the platform can run certain Android apps, it cannot run any Google Play services or apps approved by Google. Thus, seeing the Google Play Store running on BlackBerry 10 seemed to indicate that a new level of cooperation had been reached between Google and the Canadian based OEM. But a statement released on Tuesday from the troubled manufacturer (that would be BlackBerry), says that there is "no planned support" for Google Play on BlackBerry. The statement goes on to point out that BlackBerry App World is still the place to go for apps and content for your BlackBerry device. It really is too bad for BlackBerry and its ardent fans. Having the Google Play Store available on BlackBerry 10 could have opened up a whole new world for the platform. Somehow, we get the feeling that this might have been a trial balloon that was shot down by developers who have their blood and sweat invested in BlackBerry App World. "There is no planned support for Google Play on BlackBerry. BlackBerry World remains the primary source for trusted and curated BlackBerry applications, and we continue to support open standards and open source tools so BlackBerry developers can continue to create great apps on any of the development platforms we support." - BlackBerry statement Original Article
  19. Google Play Store APK version 4.4.21 has been leaked and is available to download for most Android devices right now. if you’re tired or waiting for Android 4.4 KitKat in particular, then you can now at least get a piece of the pie without having to wait for Google to make the whole shebang available to all. Today, the Google Play Store 4.4.21 update is available to anyone who wants to download it, giving users the chance to upgrade ahead of Google’s own planned roadmap. If being able to flaunt the latest version of the Google Play Store sounds like your bag, then you’re going to be hitting that download button. As far as updates to the Play Store are concerned, there’s nothing really all that interesting to report as yet. The most noticeable change here is that Google has done away with menu-accessible navigation buttons in favor of a slide-out panel, which is certainly the design angle that most mobile developers seem to be going for these days. It’s something that was perhaps first really prevalent on Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, but both Android and iOS now take advantage of slide-out panels in order to reveal menus and the like. The timescale for an official release of the Google Play Store 4.4.21 is unknown at this point, but it’s a fairly safe bet that it will launch alongside Android 4.4 at the latest, and perhaps even before that, if we’re lucky enough. It’s compatible with everything running Froyo and beyond though, so you’re good to install it right now on your device from the link which we’ve embedded below. Take it for a spin and let us know in the comments section below what you think about the new changes. -: DOWNLOAD NOW :- ENJOY !!! source: redmondpie
  20. BlackBerry's BBM app was downloaded 10 million times within 24 hours, but at least on Android, some of its many positive reviews seem to come from a less than savory source. Blogger Terence Eden looked through more reviews and found more evidence that somebody was astroturfing the Play Store. In addition to the sheer numbers he found, at least one person seemed to have accidentally copied and pasted more of the text than intended: "Dear Mr Ahmed, please post the following comment on the new BlackBerry Messenger APP..." Fake reviews are a frequent issue across many sites, and a September crackdown resulted in fines for 19 companies. More recently, Samsung was fined for hiring commenters to talk up its own products online and leave negative comments about those of its competitors (allegedly HTC.) BlackBerry did not immediately return our request for comment, but a spokeswoman responded to Eden, saying the company had nothing to do with it. "We have recently been made aware of a number of potentially fake five-star reviews of BBM for Android on Google Play," she said. "We do not approve of or condone such activities and are committed to working with Google to resolve this." Unfortunately for BlackBerry, the reviews cast some doubt on the 10 million download number it touted earlier this week. There's no reason to believe BlackBerry's count isn't correct, but astroturfed comments could also mean not everyone downloading the app is a fan of BBM. It doesn't help that at this point, it's virtually impossible to tell how many fake reviews there actually are. Over the past couple of days, the text has become a meme of its own, and a cursory look at the site shows plenty of people with parodic variations — some of which are plausible enough that they add even more confusion. If BlackBerry wants to resolve the issue with Google, it's going to have to address more than just the actions of the spammers. BlackBerry has responded, once again saying that the reviews were uninvited and entirely unwelcome. "We have been made aware of a number of potentially fake reviews of BBM for Android on Google Play, with ratings anywhere from one to five stars. We have no knowledge of how these reviews were created or populated. We do not approve of or condone such activities. There are also many genuinely great and useful reviews from our new BBM users on Google Play. We would like to encourage our fans and users to continue to provide true assessments of the BBM experience through the proper channels." As BlackBerry notes, the reviews varied in stars, so they haven't necessarily skewed the overall score, though once again the parody reviews make it hard to figure out exactly how fake reviewers rated it. BlackBerry also affirms that the download number is correct, and I've clarified above — there's no sign that the company gave inaccurate information, but an astroturfing campaign makes it more difficult to tell how much positive response was genuine. source: theverge
  21. Though the regularly-leaked Nexus 5 was rumoured to be released mid-October, the latest is that we’ll see it arrive at the end of the month. A couple press images surfaced online, one sporting a TELUS logo and the other straight from Google. We’ve been tipped that Google will make the Nexus 5 available via Google Play on Thursday, October 31st, then arrive on Canadian carriers — Rogers, Bell, TELUS, Koodo and Virgin — up to 8 days later, either November 7th or 8th. source