A few hours after the ‘official’ Siri for Android app was released to the wild, Google pulled it off the market right away—including Pinterest and all other apps created by the controversial developer ‘Official App.’ The app was released last December 28.
It was only yesterday that we posted the news of the app and how it was disappointing its users. When we wrote the article, the app had already been installed on over 1000 devices. But now, if you search for the app on Android Market, you’ll be directed to a number of other Siri clones and third party apps. However, the app in question is no longer available.
The app, which was actually a shortcut to activate Google Voice Actions, was largely criticized by people who had already downloaded the app. Many even questioned the security Google was enforcing in checking the apps that were released into the marketplace. Particularly since ‘Official App,’ the app developer, easily fooled Android users into thinking that Siri for Android was an official port. Even though Apple would never do such thing, hopeful Android users could easily get confused by it.
Despite the fact that Google has serious problems with its open marketplace, we’re really pleased by how the search engine giant was able to take action on this issue. In just a few hours, the app as well as its offending developer were removed from marketplace—this was a move that could have, again, launched copyright and trademark infringement cases. This goes to show that Google is making an effort to free the marketplace of confusing apps such as this one.
Well done Google! Well done!