Don't Buy This Grand Theft Auto App on Android

Friendly reminder, the "iFruit" companion app to Grand Theft Auto V is available, as of now, for Apple iOS devices only—and it is free. That hasn't stopped some guy from selling one under the same name for $2.79 for Android phones and tablets.

What's more, users allege the name of the app was changed, from simply "iFruit" to "Grand Theft Auto: iFruit," (and that the developer changed his name, too.) Two screenshots plainly lifted from the iFruit's page on iTunes are used to illustrate this app, whose description now reads "This is one of the best guides to GTA V ever made! If you have problems with this on your device let us know! we will be happy to make it right."

I emailed the app's creator to ask how this is not a deliberately confusing rip-off. Here's the reply, verbatim:

We're very sorry but we can not comment at this time. We will let our supervisor you would like to contact.

The app's user reviews are shot through with complaints.

The app seems to do nothing. I know, I bought it just for the laughs. It is all of 348K large. Booting it up takes you to a screen that pinwheels endlessly, so it's not even a "guide" to the game, as shady apps on both Android and iTunes have done for other games. The real iFruit, of course, has tools to customize cars in Grand Theft Auto, train and care for Chop, Franklin's lovable, misbehaving Rottweiler, and other pastimes (including play Grand Theft Auto III and Vice City if you bought those versions for your device.)

Good news, if you uninstall it pronto, Google Play will refund your purchase. (I know it's listed for $1.99 in the store; it charged my credit card $2.79). God knows what the thing is actually doing while its loading screen spins, though, so it's better to just stay away from this altogether until Rockstar itself says iFruit is out on Android. You'll know it's legit because it'll be free.

Update: Well, whaddaya know. The app was removed after publication of this story. Same caution applies, folks, because apparently this wasn't the first ripoff to make its bones off the iFruit name on Android.

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