“OMFG!!! I’ve Been Hacked!?$?!”
I received that text from my GF last week, and all hell broke loose – literally and figuratively. My GF, who is a regularly relapsing Smartphone addict, has this habit of using her Samsung Galaxy for EVERYTHING – surfing, emails, texts, cloud, pics, financial info, social security numbers (parents, her, and mine), credit cards, etc… I don’t remember ever seeing her using an actual Computer – like a laptop or a desktop. So obviously, while surfing one of those shady-amazon-discount-coupon sites, her phone got jacked by a malware, which downloaded itself onto her phone. Thankfully, given the way the Android OS is designed, externals APKs require the explicit authorization of the user in order to begin installation. She wasn’t aware of this and freaked the fuck out.
If you were to go search the Google Play Store for the keywords “financial calculator”, you’d find about a zillion apps, all of which are actually pretty good – if you could only ignore the annoying pop-up ads that come with them. The ones without ads are pretty darn expensive. For example: The powerONE Financial Calculator that I paid almost $5 for. Great app with a lot of different calculators for Finance and Personal Budgeting. The good thing about powerONE is that its library of calculator modules is always growing. So if you don’t find what you’re looking for in the app, you can just go to their website and download the appropriate module. It’s pretty awesome. But, to some people, $5 is a lot of money to spend on a single app. For those, I give you the “Financial Calculators by Bishinews”.
Although this might sound a bit counter-intuitive, since we are in the business of App Development, I thought it would be nice to shed some light on the problems, standards, and the quality of apps that are listed on the Google Play marketplace for Android Apps. Compared to Apple, the quality of apps, not all, but certainly a (un)-healthy majority, listed on the Google Play store is pretty pedestrian to say the least. The reason being, anyone, even someone who learned coding watching YouTube videos, can list their apps on the Google Play store with little to no quality checks. As a matter of fact, any and all apps that are submitted to the Google Play store are automatically published without any legitimate formal review; which if you ask me is extremely frustrating for the end user, because they don’t really know exactly what it is that they are downloading .i.e Malware, Virus, etc… Because unlike Apple’s iOS, the Android platform can be hacked, thus giving unauthorized access to hackers, who can then use backdoors to access personal information stored on your Android device.