Download Free Temple Run 2 For Android… NOT

Since I have promised in my Temple Run 2 Download for iPad post that I will give updates whenever I already have Free Temple Run 2 For Android download links, I am constantly looking out for that Temple Run 2 for Android in Google Play Store.

Around 11:35 PM (GMT+8) of January 19, I found these apps in Google Play Store

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Wow! got 2 hits for Temple Run 2 HD and they are using the new Temple Run 2 logo, really they have it in Android and its in HD (another wow!) am I lucky that day?

Looking closely at the first app I discovered something fishy.

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Because original developers of the Temple Run is Imangi Studios and _NOT_ IMANGHI (take note of the H). 5900+ ratings. I looked further at the description of the app and its the same cut and paste description text found in the iTunes:

Description
The sequel to the smash hit phenomenon that took the world by storm!

With over 170 million downloads, Temple Run redefined mobile gaming. Now get more of the exhilarating running, jumping, turning and sliding you love in Temple Run 2!

Looking at the second suspicious Temple Run 2 HD for Android app

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the descriptionIS the same text description found in iTunes. Lazy Ctrl+C – Ctrl+V

Researching further, I looked at the reviews and this KSGBLUEAPPS version already have 122 5-stars. Wow!
Reading the full description of the apps and some of the user reviews I confirmed my suspicions: users are already complaining that these apps are just a puzzle/wallpaper apps, they are _NOT_ the legit Temple Run 2 app and they come with a big twist, with lots of Ads/Advertisement links (and by the sound of the 1-star reviewers comment, loads of Ad/Advertisement-related links for your mobile phone). This is very PREDICTABLE if you will ask me, as Ad/Adverts will bring in cash (kaching-kaching) and that is where the money is 🙂

What I find really amazing is “they” ARE FAST. In less than 2 days after the legit version Temple Run 2 for iOS was released, suspicious Temple Run 2 Android apps already made it in the Google Play Store.

So I did NOT download it and I forgot about it already (Either I’m getting old or I’m a very busy guy yah know :p)

Fast forward to January 22 around 4PM (GMT+8), a teammate send me an email asking about some malicious Android app related to Temple Run 2. So I checked their concern and remembered my weekend ad-friendly apps. I also searched for them, yup the previous Temple Run 2 HD for Android apps by Imanghi and KSGBlueApps from Google Play. Alas! both apps are already _NOT_ available via Google Play. I have several (conspiracy) theories on why they were removed but I will keep them to myself. What is important now is that Trend Micro already detects the said apps as ANDROIDOS_FAKETEMPLRUN.A, a Malware Blog post is already publicly available:

Fake Versions of Temple Run 2 Sprint Their Way to Users via Trend Micro Security Intelligence Blog.

and the said malicious apps are already kicked out in Google Play Store 🙂

Some questions remain:

  • Are the apps (I screen captured) exact copies of those apps that my teammates analyzed for the Malware Blog post: Maybe. If we will base it from company name, description and related strings, most probably its the same.
  • Am I sure about this? Not 100%. Sorry I do not have the exact APK file to compare it byte per byte to come up with a conclusion.
  • Why did Google removed them from Google Play? I don’t know. You better ask them not me :p
  • Do you see where these questions are leading you? (hehe conspiracy theorist = menard)

Lesson learned. Back to basic security tip: Be cautious of what you search, download and install to your mobile phone (this also applies to desktop/PCs). Be careful also with other unofficial Android Markets and websites offering free apps.

Better be safe than sorry OK?

AI: Do a blog post as an awareness campaign. Check!

Again be careful: malicious Temple Run 2 Android apps are out there in the wild.

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ScreenCapture Credits: Me and Gorehowldroid

Update: 2013.01.26

Legit Temple Run 2 For Android available now via Google Play Store:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.imangi.templerun2

Free iPad Apps: Angry Birds Rio Free for iPad and iPhone ’til January 24

Angry Birds Rio is iTunes Free App of the Week for iPad and iPhone and this will be until January 24 only so I’m doing another Free iPad Apps post so kick off the week.

We love Angry Birds Rio for Android and given this good news we have downloaded and installed them again for the iPad. We also like the Rio movie and the love team of Blu and Jewel (we like Nigel too btw) so this Angry Birds and Rio mixup in HD will be really be exciting in iPad.

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So hurry and download it now!!!

Quoting Rovio Blog:

It’s samba time! Angry Birds Rio is now Apple’s Free App of the Week for iPad and iPhone! The bestselling app has more than 200 levels of tropical fun in the exotic locations from the Rio movie.

In Angry Birds Rio, the original Angry Birds are kidnapped and taken to the magical city of Rio de Janeiro, where they eventually escape their captors and set out to to save their friends, Blu and Jewel two rare macaws and the stars of the hit motion picture, Rio. Angry Birds Rio pairs the physics-based gameplay of the original game with unique twists based on the film.

Angry Birds Rio Download FREE for both iPhone and iPad at:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/angry-birds-rio/id420635506

Reminder: Angry Birds Rio for iPhone and iPad is FREE until January 24

Angry Birds Rio Download FREE for Android at:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rovio.angrybirdsrio

Angry Birds Rio Download for PC for USD 4.95 available at:

http://shop.angrybirds.com/us/games/pc-games/angry-birds-rio-pc-version.html

Hope you liked my free iPad Apps: Angry Birds Rio Download post!

Free iPad Apps: Temple Run 2 Download

This week I did my first iPad app review (Toca Band review) post and to keep the momentum and as a follow up post to my Free iPad Apps series, I’m doing a quick write-up about Temple Run 2.

Yesterday we tried to download Temple Run 2 in both the iTunes and Google Play. Temple Run 2 is the sequel of Temple Run hit game.
We have been successful via iTunes but we have no luck at the Google Play Store.

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Temple Run 2 Icon

Image Credit: Itunes and Imangi Studios

Temple Run 2 is the same running, jumping, and sliding fun and excitement with as the previous Imangi Studios game. I love the more 3D-ish feel of Temple Run 2 (compared to the 1st game) as well as more Power Ups for grabs and the gems-save-me concept (hehe kaching-kaching). I’m just sorry for the little monkeys 🙂 because a much bigger Gorilla/monkey is taking over the Temple Run 2 chase and is now running after our protagonist.

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Temple Run 2 Screengrab for iPad

Image Credit: Itunes and Imangi Studios

A definitely must-download game if you love the Temple Run game (and series too)!

Watch the Temple Run 2 Gameplay below:

Video Credits: Youtube.com


Curiously the Temple Run 2 Download is not yet available from the Google Play Store, and the Imangi Studios official website have NOT listed it as available (as of writing this post). I heard rumors that the Temple Run 2 Download for Android will be available by next week and I hope by that time Imangi Studios official website info will also be up to date.

Temple Run 2 Download FREE for both iPhone and iPad at

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/temple-run-2/id572395608

Temple Run 2 Download for Android =

Update: 2013.01.26

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.imangi.templerun2

Coming Soon (I will update this post when its available) but you may want to check out my newer post here

Hope you liked my free iPad Apps: Temple Run 2 Download post!

Free iPad Apps: Toca Boca Toca Band Review

Over the holidays, we installed Toca Boca Toca Band app so that the kids in the family will enjoy the iPad. But I believed we, the adults enjoyed it more than the kids and this Toca Band rhythm and Toca Band lala tune became instant LSS hit for some of us during the holiday season (and beyond 🙂 ).

Toca Band is an app is designed for both the iPhone and the iPad. In this app you will create your own band and let the Toca band members showcase their musical talent. There are 16 band members to choose from and you can place them on 4 part stage (front row, middle row, top row, and center stage) and they will play differently depending on which part of the stage they are placed.

What I love most about Toca Boca is that there are NO Rules. You create your own tunes and mix and you can just rock on! This iPad app was FREE during Christmastime but its now USD 1.99 and is definitely worth every cent.

Toca Boca Official Website App Description:

Toca Band is getting ready for their big concert and needs your help to mix beats and sounds together for their hit song! Toca Band is a fun and easy toy that encourages children to explore music in a new creative way! Choose from 16 different cool characters each with their own unique quirky sound and musical rhythms.

Put your band members on stage to get the music started then move them around and see what happens. Try out new band combinations, explore different sounds and while youre at it, why not give the lovable rapper, Stikk Figga something he always dreamed of: a solo performance!

With Toca Band you can play together with your kids and experiment with sounds, beats and rhythms in lots of fun ways. Guitar or opera, upbeat or downtempo lets find out what sounds best together!


Some Key Features of Toca Band App:

  • Background music, animation and fun sound effects.
  • 16 colorful characters, each with their own unique sounds and moves!
  • 48 fun sound loops that can be put together in endless combinations
  • Change the way each character plays by placing them further up- or downstage
  • Make the song the way you like it then dance along with your own moves
  • Combine rhythm instruments with melody and vocals

My personal favorite Toca Band Members are the following:

Kalinka (Singing, vocals for the lala tune),

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Kalinka, the lala singing girl from Toca Band

Image Credits: Tocaboca.com

Dolores (percussion), Lil Riff (lead guitar) and Wao Miao (out of this world cat)

View the Toca Band Video


Video Credits: Youtube.com and Tocaboca.com

Meet the Toca Boca Band Members

Toca Band Characters
Image property of Toca Boca AB, Image Credits to TocaBoca.com and Flickr

Toca Boca Members Names

  • Balooney (Balloon)
  • Stikk Figga (Rapper)
  • Kalinka (Singer)
  • Lil Riff (Guitar)
  • Dolores (Percussion)
  • Mr Whizzle Whiz (Whistle)
  • Wao Miao (Cat)
  • Blog Contest Winner Name/Bimbell(?) (Harp)
  • Shoe String Charlie (Bass Guitar)
  • Dancy Nancy (Piano)
  • Tic Toc (Clock Percussion)
  • Shaky McBones (Maraca)
  • Zuzz (Accordion)
  • Figara (Opera Singer Diva)
  • Frign Frog (Frog)
  • Bang Bang Chef (Drums)

Toca Band iTunes Downloadlink is below

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toca-band/id521640648


I just wish that Toca Boca Android Games will also be available in the future.
Hope you like my Free iPad Apps post!