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Google pulls one Siri clone Android app, leaves another

updated 12:25 pm EST, Sat December 31, 2011

Google takes down fake Siri app but leaves Speerit

Google has partly reacted to the presence of cloned Siri apps on Android by pulling one of the titles. The "Siri for Android" app has been quietly pulled from Android Market about a day after it was first discovered. The developer, operating under the deliberately misleading company name Official App, has also had its only other app, a fake Pinterest app that only linked to the website, pulled from the store.

The takedown likely didn't need any requests from Apple, since violating intellectual property and copyrights themselves are likely grounds for removal, as is the attempt to deceive downloaders.

Despite the move, the more directly imitative Speerit (Android Market) is still available. Although it has its own engine, unlike Siri for Android's rehashing of Google's Voice Actions, Speerit's entire interface is intended to copy Apple's and takes several icons directly from iOS.

The one withdrawal follows a historical pattern for Google of taking a reactive approach to apps, removing them after publicity or complaints. While it hasn't slowed Android's growth, it has meant damage as scam apps and malware have had a chance in the past to affect real users before they were pulled.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Tyrade

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    Joined: Jul 2007

    +25

    iPhone envy

    It kills me how these Android fans bad-mouth the iPhone, then turn around and create (and others download) counterfeit versions of everything that Android lacks.

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  1. DerekMorr

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    Joined: Mar 2010

    -21

    A few points

    1) Not everyone who uses an Android phone "bad mouths" the iPhone. Some of us just prefer something else.

    2) Android had a comprehensive voice input system before iOS (and, unlike Siri, Voice Actions work on 98% of Android devices -- anything running 2.1 or higher).

    3) Why does this article once again bring up malware? There's no evidence that either app was malware. Could it be because Apple fans want to keep folks associating Android with malware (despite evidence to the contrary)?

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  1. facebook_Jeff

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    Joined: Dec 2011

    -14

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    Your right I am envy of the iphone I could't wait to get rid of.

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