One of the biggest differences between Android and iOS ecosystems, when it comes to security, is the level of scrutiny applications need to face before being listed on their online app stores.
App Annie noticed many apps changing their name or image icon to fit seasonal events like Christmas, Halloween or Valentine's Day. While there are several fake versions, one version has been downloaded up to 5,000 times, there is another version under the same name which has a million downloads.
When the news agency checked it on Google Play Store, it found that the app had been downloaded almost 5,000 times.
Fake Android apps are nothing new, and they're often used to spread malware on mobile phones.
The fake app was spotted by a Reddit user just yesterday. But it copped the developer title "WhatsApp Inc."-the same title the actual Facebook-owned chat messenger uses on Google Play". Version 8.4 of the Play Store is rolling out to users now, and while there's not a lot to see on the surface, there are quite a few features hidden under the hood that give us a glimpse of some exciting things that we could see in the near future. The app was named "Update WhatsApp Messenger" with developer name as 'WhatsApp Inc*'.
The addition of audio books in Play Store will surely step up the game for Google. The system failure occured temporarily on Friday, November 3 across Europe, Pakistan, Iraq, Singapore and India, where about 200 million of the app's users come from.
Other upcoming features seem to include the disappearance of the "wait for Wi-Fi" option when updating or downloading large apps, and the arrival of a new auto-update function for system apps only.