Beware: Counterfeit Plants vs. Zombies in the Android Market

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Plants vs. Zombies is one of my son’s favorite games. He was very excited when it finally came to the Android platform, but wasn’t enthused to find out he had to get if from the Amazon Appstore — not Google’s Android Market.

Recently that changed! Or has it?

Plants vs. Zombies is now on the Android Market — but, even though it has similar (identical?) artwork, it’s not the original version of the game. It’s a Chinese knockoff — with a tempting price: free.

The real Plants vs. Zombies is distributed exclusively through Amazon for a price of US$2.99.

Luckily, most users aren’t likely to get the fake version confused with the legitimate one: the fake doesn’t show up well in searches because it’s description is written entirely in Chinese. Should the developer change this, the potential for confusion with the original is could be very high — and with that confusion comes the possibility of malware being hidden inside an app that would otherwise be trusted because of its name.

As the old saying goes: Let the buy beware… especially if the app is free.



Download the imitation from the Android Market



Download the authentic version from the Amazon Appstore

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About The Author
Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy".By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video. Read more about Joe Levi here.