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Rogue Android App Allegedly Destroying G1 Memory, Installing Adware

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There was a disturbance in the Android App Market today as an application called MemoryUp was allegedly erasing contacts and installing adware. The mystery is how it got there in the first place.

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The app, created by a developer named Peter Liu to optimize the handset's memory, was also responsible for random memory wipes and email account spamming.

At the Android forums, users who had downloaded the app and suffered the consequences were, understandably, up in arms and warning others to not download the app.

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User “kr33p1n” (via Geek.com) said, “Doesn’t work at all erased my phone numbers and froze my phone.” User "Mark" added, “Do not download. Destroyed my memory card/system delete. Then my email was spammed. TMobile can’t stop you from downloading this! So don’t!”

Other victims claimed their SD cards were wiped clean; others still said their email accounts were spammed and adware was installed on the handset.

What's really mind-boggling is that, as of this writing, 10,000-50,000 downloads had taken place, with around 932 ratings logged (mostly negative, one star, see pic). We really can't understand how such an app got there in the first place.

The sad thing is that, as noted by many Android forum dwellers, Java cleans up memory on its own as required, no outside help necessary.

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Editor's Note: I did not link to the MemoryUp web page because it had obnoxious pop up ads. [Geek.com - Thanks, Chris!]

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kaisermachead
kaisermachead

I see a few clueless people going on about "idiot users" downloading "random stupid crap", from the comfortable perspective of seeing this unfold after the fact and not actually suffering the blindsight that this "random stupid" application brought onto G1 users. Application approval processes ensure that the application is not going to flood you with malicious crap and is not going to destroy your product.

An approval process-free app market sounds great, in theory. In the real world, applications like this show its ultimate weakness. Downloading applications becomes a craps shoot, and a craps shoot for an application market fucking sucks. Hard.