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Sun, 22 Apr 2018 16:03:04 +0000

Amazon Appstore and Google Play Store ban sideloading helper app DroidAdmin

An app called DroidAdmin had been gaining in popularity recently on the Fire TV and other Android-based devices. The app’s intended purpose is a bulk downloader which lets you download multiple files to your Android device at once. While that sounds innocent enough, it has recently surged in popularity among the piracy community as a way to sideload pirated apps and apps that are not allowed in the Amazon Appstore or the Google Play Store. As a result, Google recently banned the app from the Google Play Store and Amazon just followed suit by banning it from the Amazon Appstore.

The core functionality of DroidAdmin is innocent enough. You create an account on the app’s website and then create a list of URLs that include files that you want to download onto your Android device. An example use case that DroidAdmin gives is creating a list of images online that you want to download to your device at once to use as wallpapers. Once your list has been created, DroidAdmin’s website provides you with a numeric code that you enter into the app in order to easily download the list of files without needing to type each URL on your device.

The piracy community recently latched onto DroidAdmin as a means of easily sharing pirated APKs and banned APKs that facilitates piracy. These APK downloads are normally scattered across the web because they are not allowed in either the Google Play Store or the Amazon Appstore. DroidAdmin provided a means of gathering them in one place that was easily shared. Within the last few months, codes to massive DroidAdmin lists containing all sorts of pirated apps, piracy tools, and piracy add-ons began emerging and being shared across websites, forums, and YouTube videos. This use of DroidADmin is ultimately what likely lead to its removal from Google and Amazon’s app stores.

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