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Don’t Download Pinterest for Android

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“Looking for Pinterest Android application? Download Now!” brags the first search result for Pinterest for Android, but the only thing this app will pin is ads to the Android notification bar.

Just like the last app claiming to be Pinterest for Android, Faster Pin, is not the official Pinterest Android application.

The fake Pinterest app provides a full screen browser with Pinterest as the home page. The claims that this app runs faster than the mobile site of Pinterest is laughable, because that’s what this app uses to connect users to Pinterest.

Download Pinterest for Android and Get Ads

Thankfully this Pinterest Android application only pushes ads like those shown below.

Pinterest-Android-App-Notifications

Apps installed from third parties are often used for installing malware and stealing information. The fake Pinterest app has access to browser history and bookmarks as well as the user’s location, including fine (GPS) location.

According to Addons Detector, a free app that detects apps that use add-ons to push ads, to discover that FasterPin, uses AirPush to push ads to the device.

Download Pinterest Android Application

Third party Android markets like Amazon and GetJar have a good track record, but apps downloaded from a shared Dropbox link do not have the same level of trust.

This isn’t the first app that claims to be the official Pinterest app for Android. We first warned users about the fake Pinterest Android app in the Android Market, now Google Play, back in February, and the problem isn’t any better.

There are a number of Pinterest apps that offer access to Pinterest from a dedicated app, but none are the real deal. We recommend using the browser to use Pinterest on Android until there is an official Pinterest Android app.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

9 Comments

  1. Ahmed Eltawil

    04/25/2012 at 8:16 am

    Why would Google even approve and add such an app to its Google Play store? 

    • Shadowon

      04/25/2012 at 11:08 am

      Good question! Google should increase control over which apps are approved in Play. This is not getting any better as new popular services keep popping up.. 

  2. emil10001

    04/25/2012 at 1:09 pm

    I am working really hard to make Pin’d, my Pinterest Android client, work really well. I only use AdMob ads in a couple of screens in the app, nothing like AirPush. 

    • Shadowon

      04/25/2012 at 7:13 pm

      Thanks, I just downloaded Pro verion to be able to pin grom gallery. Worked fine first time, pic looke d little grainy, but look ok on Pinteres website.

      I’ll keep testing and get back to you via official channels :)Great job! Keep it up! :)

      • emil10001

        04/26/2012 at 6:47 am

        Just had to remove Pin’d from the market. Pinterest is now encrypting their responses to all pin requests. I can probably resolve this, but I am not too keen to republish the app with the solution, as I am pretty sure that this would violate the DMCA and possibly get me slapped with a lawsuit. So, until Pinterest does their official API release, Pin’d is off the market.

        • Shadowon

          05/16/2012 at 5:14 am

          Hi Emil! I still have your app on my phone and it works like a charm. Great job!

  3. jb

    04/26/2012 at 8:47 am

    A coworker just got an Android phone and wants the Pinterest app, but it isn’t in the Google Play Store. Has it been pulled? I can’t find it either.

  4. Megan S.

    04/29/2012 at 10:13 pm

    Thank you so much!

  5. Fang

    07/21/2012 at 4:39 pm

    I’m working on developing an Pinterest Android App by myself. You can find the snapshots and apk download link here: http://pinterest.com/WillardSmith/pinterest-android-app/.

    Although currently the functions are quite limited, it has no ad, no extra notification, no security issue. Thanks.

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