There are Actually Fake Android Phone Software Update Apps in the Google Play Store that People Shouldn’t Install

Fake Android phone software update apps promise to bring mobile devices to the latest version and unsurprisingly, these can contain adware and malware…

With all the good technology brings us, there’s always downsides. No, we’re not talking about being over-distracted or supposed “smartphone addiction,” instead, it’s an opportunity for nefarious actors.

Enter the latest release of the Android developer program. This isn’t about coding. But it is about consumer safety.

Fake Android Phone Software Update Apps Appear in Google Play Store

Just a quick search of “update to android p” in the Google Play Store reveals numerous apps which promise to update devices to the latest version of Android. Of course, these don’t work. Rather, these apps can contain adware and malware.

The apps are registered as “Unreleased”, earning “Early Access” badges. In other words, naive users might easily mistake these for legitimate.

Furthermore, with such categorization, there’s no user ratings and reviews. Meaning, nothing to overtly alert gullible users there’s something seriously awry.

Obviously, it’s not worth the risk to install such apps. Android updates come as Google (and carriers) send them out. There simply aren’t any apps which can magically skip over the process and upgrade device software to the latest version of Android.

Bill Boyles

Bill is a freelance writer who covers a wide range of topics, including apps, social media, and search.