Google Play Store Warning – Android fans should stay away from these fake apps

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Android Google Play Store app warning – Make sure to avoid tricky fake apps (Image: GOOGLE • GETTY)

If you like gaming and want to download something new to your Android phone, there is one important thing to know about the Google Play Store. The official marketplace for Android apps has been inundated with apps claiming to be emulators for the PS3 and PS4. However, if you think this will allow you to play some of the great PlayStation games from Sony consoles on an Android device, then we have some bad news for you.

As reported by Android authority, despite the influx of alleged PS3 and PS4 emulators, none of these are real.

There is a real PS3 emulator available for Windows and Linux.

However, such a program does not exist for Android devices.

Some of the apps listed in the Play Store try to trick Android users into downloading it by using vague titles.

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One of the apps is described as a ‘PlayStation 3 simulator’, and if you’re looking for an emulator, you might think it’s the same.

However, this app just wants it on – simulate a PS3-style interface that doesn’t do anything.

Other apps are more deceptive, with one Play Store program describing itself as an emulator for PS3 and PS4.

However, at the bottom of the app’s Play Store description is a ‘disclaimer’ that says the app is ‘not a real emulator’ and is ‘just for you to make fun of your friends’.

So the app is essentially worthless.

While these apps do not pose a security threat, there is a possibility that a bad actor could use the demand for PS3 and PS4 emulators on Android to release a fake malware app.

Danger of fake PlayStation apps for Android

If you see a PS3 or PS4 ‘Android emulator’ in the Play Store, avoid it at all costs (Image: SONY • GOOGLE)

We’ve seen this happen before, particularly leading up to the release of Fortnite for Android, when plenty of bogus apps were circulating that posed a security risk.

In addition to the security risks of downloading a fake emulator, the question of whether emulation is legal is notorious.

While downloading an emulator is legal, sharing copyrighted ROMs (ie files from games that are then run on an emulator) is illegal.

In 2018, one of the most popular emulator sites, Emuparadise, removed all download links for ROMs due to legal risk.

The site has been a go-to place for emulators and ROMs for 18 years.

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Neela Josh
Neela Josh
I work as the Content Writer for Gaming Ideology. I play Quake like professionally. I love to write about games and have been writing about them for two years.

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