Siri App for Android

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Don't look now, but Google's Android App Store has a Siri clone. This isn't the first time they've allowed material that is clearly a voilation of copyright. This might be the worst offense I've seen.

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This just shows what's wrong with the Google App Market.
 

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I thought it doesn't work, why would they want it?
 

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It's an open market, which facilitates scams, malware and rip-offs.
oh yeah, I forgot about that.
Guess they better grab it while they can, it's the closest thing they'll get to Siri, the icon.
 

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It's an open market, which facilitates scams, malware and rip-offs.
Malware being the keyword. Android OS is terrible for malware, it made me laugh when I found out you could buy anti-malware/virus software for an Android tab :p
 

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Cult of Mac has a BS agenda to slander using the thinnest threads if not outright lies.

Here's a search for Siri on the Android market from my phone.



Iris is a legitimate effort affiliated with XDA (Android parallel to Cydia) released about a week after Siri. Think of it as imitation and flattery.

As for this BS about an "official" Siri on the Android market, couldn't find it in the first 60 listings after which I gave up. Maybe it's in the Chinese market but over there you've bigger risks such as inadvertently buying a knock off iPhone passing as "official".

As for the malware. We've got a different take on that but enough for this post.

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iP5, maybe it has already been pulled, just as these have been?
 
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It's an open market, which facilitates scams, malware and rip-offs.
yes....because iFart, Pull my Finger and SimStapler are so much not like ripoffs. Let's not forget FatBurner2k that says if you put your phone against your belly it creates ultrasonic sounds that melt the fat away.
 

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yes....because iFart, Pull my Finger and SimStapler are so much not like ripoffs.
No, I wasn't referring to "dumb" apps. There are a plethora of them in the App Store. I was referring to malicious software and stolen/pirated apps. Google makes it easy to pirate apps.
 
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No, I wasn't referring to "dumb" apps. There are a plethora of them in the App Store. I was referring to malicious software and stolen/pirated apps. Google makes it easy to pirate apps.
Ever heard of xxxxxxxxx or xxxxxxxxxx? Pretty easy to pirate for the iPhone too. You said "facilitates scams, malware and rip-offs." I was simply pointing out that rip-offs get into the Apple app store also. You think a ultrasonic fat burner or a app that claims to help a bald guy grow hair isn't a rip-off? Heck, a app just got pulled that basically facilitated installing pirated ROM's onto a stock, non jailbroken iPhone.
 

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iP5, maybe it has already been pulled, just as these have been?
Possible though after only a day and from the OP article that it's only in the Chinese market, I'd guess that it might show up if I was located in China.

Either way I just don't get the connection to "official". Official would require that Google is listed as the developer. In my earlier screenshot, the vendor's name is below the app name. I've never heard of any app successfuly hijacking and posing as developed by Google in the Android market.

The Chinese market is an absolute wild west. I think I've heard something about China looking at taking Android and forking their own branch. Samsung and South Korea also delve into these waters. Both countries having issues with American based companies dictating a very important technology.

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Ever heard of xxxxxxxxx or xxxxxxxxxx? Pretty easy to pirate for the iPhone too. You said "facilitates scams, malware and rip-offs." I was simply pointing out that rip-offs get into the Apple app store also. You think a ultrasonic fat burner or a app that claims to help a bald guy grow hair isn't a rip-off? Heck, a app just got pulled that basically facilitated installing pirated ROM's onto a stock, non jailbroken iPhone.
Let's not forget the App Store apps that sell the music for the old Atari and Sega games. How many people bought those on the expectation that it was the game having missed the fine print about it being music. ;)

The other equalizer would be that poop game app.

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Ever heard of xxxxxxxxx or xxxxxxxxxx? Pretty easy to pirate for the iPhone too. You said "facilitates scams, malware and rip-offs." I was simply pointing out that rip-offs get into the Apple app store also. You think a ultrasonic fat burner or a app that claims to help a bald guy grow hair isn't a rip-off? Heck, a app just got pulled that basically facilitated installing pirated ROM's onto a stock, non jailbroken iPhone.
I am well aware of that app. Apple goes to great lengths to try to prevent pirating. It is one of the main reasons jailbreaking has become more difficult over time (new bootrom and SHSH requirements). It is more difficult on iOS and jailbreaking is required. Google makes it easy. Antivirus programs and app scanning are necessary due to the nature of the open market.
 
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I am well aware of that app. Apple goes to great lengths to try to prevent pirating. It is one of the main reasons jailbreaking has become more difficult over time (new bootrom and SHSH requirements). It is more difficult on iOS and jailbreaking is required. Google makes it easy. Antivirus programs and app scanning are necessary due to the nature of the open market.
You are also missing the part about the dumb people. no antivirus or app scanner is going to stop someone from clicking a link that says install this app. Side loaded or not. Those people that got scammed in your link clicked a link that side loaded the SMS program. They did it to themselves. No antivirus would help that. Until Apple makes a way to return crap apps, the possibility, and the probability of us being scammed is high. Most of us have already been scammed by a crap app that didn't do what it was supposed to. It's just as bad.
 

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It's so easy to provide the URLs to these apps since the Android Market is web manageable from any desktop at http://market.Android.com/. A link to these claims would make a damning situation self evident and something that's mostly spin also fully open.

As for the SMS scams, I actually make heavy use of this Craigslist app http://goo.gl/8koGF.
I recently found that some of the ad banners lead to paid SMS services which I absolutely abhor. I think the difference between this and the earlier pulled apps was that those had the ability to authorize these services from your phone as if you actually bought in.

I really don't understand how these services are tolerated by government/consumer advocacy orgs. It so easy to type in the cell number of someone you hate and stick them on these very expensive recurring services.
 

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Here's the original offender. I see why "official"became an issue.



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