Don’t Download Pinterest for Android

“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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

  

Comments

    • Shadowon says

      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.. 

  1. emil10001 says

    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 says

      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 says

        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.

  2. jb says

    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.

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