Fake Samsung app scamming millions of Android users

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It's argued that Apple's user base, its content quality, and its pricing strategy and integration with Apple Pay were the primary reasons why it beat Google in app store revenue. Nevertheless, users who are interested in updating their Samsung phones can search for the appropriate updates via the app.

Over 10 million people have been deceived by a fake app called "Updates for Samsung". But unlike most fake apps, the CSIS Security Group did not find the app attempting to push any malware onto the phone.

The App Store (iOS only) generated $25.5 billion in worldwide revenue in the six-month period ending in June, a figure that's up more than 13% from the $22.6 billion generated in Q1-2 in 2018. This indicates that as smartphones are getting better, users are getting more comfortable with spending money on premium apps to make the most of their devices.

Once found, users can download updates for free, but the download speed is limited to a bare minimum of 56 KB/s, which comes down to four hours of download if the patch is approximately 700 MB large.

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Kuprins states, "During our tests, we too have observed that the downloads don't finish, even when using a reliable network". The app requires users to provide their credit card info rather than using Google Play subscriptions. Digging through the site reveals that the vendors offer a free and paid Samsung firmware updates to users.

In recent months, we've seen quite a few reports of the Google Play Store hosting counterfeit apps that are created to dupe users and earn money through ad farms. Consumers are quick to grab something useful, although they seldom realize that they are simply being tricked by empty promises. "However, when the app is open - it does display a lot of full-screen advertisements, nearly after every other tap on the screen".

Despite a huge number of 1-star reviews, the app "Updates for Samsung" presently features more than a 4-star average rating and appears upon one's first look to be a legitimate update app.

"A user can get an annual subscription for Samsung firmware update downloads for a small fee of $34.99".

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