There are such a large number of ways that scammers attempt to separate you from your hard earned cash. Also, when you are dealing with a few things that might be second nature to a few however appear to be unfamiliar to other people, the potential for those in the last group to get ripped off is enormous. So that carries us to a report from CSIS Security Group about an application in the Google Play Store called “Updates for Samsung.” The description of this unofficial app says that it “can now be able to download any Android update, for any device or region, at any point released.” In addition, it gives Android news and tutorials, and other paid services.
Indeed, if you register you can get firmware updates for free, yet at a snail’s pace (56Kbps). As pointed out in the report, at this speed the typical firmware update (roughly 700MB) would take more than 4 hours to load. The update normally times out before reaching the end, motivating the user to proceed onward to the next tier of service with a quicker download speed. In the end, the user is adequately harried enough to pay $34.99 for a one-year premium membership (which we sarcastically note is a “huge discount” from the listed cost of $239.99). And for $19.99, the app says that will SIM unlock your phone; it is vague whether that service is really given after payment is made. The credit card information does not get rung up on the Google Play platform.Rather, it gets moved to a website affiliated with the app called Updato.com along these violating Google’s regulations.
Huge numbers of our perusers are most likely aware that they can access the most recent firmware update for their Samsung phone directly from the handset. Samsung says to go to Settings > About phone > Software update.
“Download any OS update for any Samsung gadget ever released, read the most recent Android tech news and access the most recent firmware upgrades, Android version updates, Android tips, tricks, guides & how-to tutorials to check if you can upgrade or update your gadget to a new version of the Android OS.
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Download upgrades and updates for your smartphone or tablet with the most recent Android update versions, read the most recent breaking tech news and find Android news and Android tips with Update – the across the board app for downloading the most recent Android update and keeping up with the quick paced world of Android!”-Updates for Samsung, Google Play Store listing
Presently, are you sitting down? The app has been installed more than 10 million times and we would imagine that a considerable amount of cash has been collected from unsuspecting consumers. CSIS malware analyst Aleksejs Kuprins says that he has reached Google about having the app expelled from the Google Play Store. While it probably won’t be considered malware, the main motivation behind why this app exists is to get unsuspecting consumers to pay for something that they can get for free.
Don’t pay for something that you can get for free directly from your phone
Then again, as Kurins notes, those of us who know how to load updates on our phones shouldn’t pass judgment on the individuals who aren’t acquainted with how mobile technology works. He says, “”It would not be right to judge people for erroneously going to the official application store for the firmware updates in the wake of buying a new Android device. Vendors as often as possible bundle their Android OS builds with an intimidating number of software, and it can without much of a stretch get confusing. A user can feel somewhat lost about the [system] update procedure. Consequently can make a mistake of going to the official application store to look for a system update.” But that doesn’t imply that they should be simple prey for an app that rips them off blind.