Do you install original or Copycat apps? Else, It is time for a reality check
You probably have heard this more than once that the Google Play store and Apple’s Appstore continuously deal with the persisting issue of copycats and fake applications. And, you never know the applications that you have installed are the original versions or the copycats of the former ones. Reportedly, 40 out of top 50 free applications in the Google Play store have a fake version of the original one not only present in the official store but also in the third-party app stores. It is quite a challenging task for top-notch mobile application development companies like Fluper to feature their product in the app stores amongst millions of other applications along with the existence of the fake or copied versions of the original ones. And the next time you go searching for a popular application in the app store, you will get to see similar icons bearing same name and design but with minute differences normally overlooked when seen casually.
Now iOS app developers are in a more secure position compared to Android developers and Google has much to blame for this. The very nature of Google Play store makes it all the more simple for the copycats to steal the idea from a genuine application, add a piece or two and then resubmit under a different name. But, this very idea of republishing original applications under the different name may not be that bad considering the users can get to taste a combination of different features wrapped up in a single application. However, copycats are definitely not waiting to fulfill their corporate social responsibility. Rather they are interested in earning few extra bucks. Now you probably have this question in your mind...HOW?
- Though ads.
- Steal contacts from users’ phone and sell off to third parties.
- Spam twitter feed with links redirecting to malware-infected websites.
- Rob the original applications of their market.
Plenty of authentic applications seek your permission to access gallery, contacts and other data stored on your smartphone. How can you deter which is the original application out of the copycats?
- As an application user, you can follow few steps to identify the fake ones or at least safeguard yourself from them.
- Verify the owner of the application or from whom it is released.
- Read user reviews. However, there is a problem of spam reviews that shade out the original ones.
- Try to identify the minute differences in either the text or icon of the application.
In short, you have to be on high alert when installing an application. Then, it is also the responsibility of the top mobile application developers to adopt preventive measures to safeguard their work and protect the users from falling a victim to malware.
1. Speak directly to the malefactor.
2. Publicly humiliate copycats.
3. Resort to legal measures such as:
* Sign up a non-disclosure agreement.
* Acquire copyrights over your application.
* Trademark your app’s name or logo.
* Do not forget to apply for the patent.
Also Read: Reasons to avoid third-party app stores
It is not bad to draw inspiration from others but blindly copying others’ work is definitely not commendable. Then again, it is difficult to pull the strings against the copycats in the market. Nevertheless, both Google’s Play Protect feature and Apple have already taken a corrective step towards app store clearance from zombie and clone apps. But, It is also the responsibility of the users to adopt some form of cautionary measures when installing applications from the app stores. Wherein as far as top-rated mobile app development companies are concerned, they need to keep in mind that copycats can rip off the current version of their apps but can never steal the original idea, the audience, or the community. Resort to the mentioned preventive steps and take actions if mere verbal communication fails to do the job.
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