山寨应用问题已经引起开发商的强烈不满，韩国相关机构也开始出手整治这些违规产品。虽然韩国音像制造商协会（The Korean Association of Phonogram Producers）已经出面封杀供应非法音乐应用的网站，但成效却是微乎其微，因为谷歌Android是一个开放性的操作系统，大家根本无法从源头上控制用户获取应用的渠道。
科技领域的消费者权益捍卫者金基昌（Kim Kee-Chang）认为，iPhone用户的信息安全较有保障，因为“苹果严格监管和控制App Store中的应用产品，但如果用户选择了更开放的手机平台，比如说Android，就很有可能被信息窃贼盯上。”
Korea’s app developers get cranky over Android
“Hello, I’m an iPhone,” “I’m an Android,” “and I’m a pirate app.”
And so the vignette goes.
Then, according to industry analysts in Korea, the pirate shakes hands with Android phone, laughs wickedly at Google Inc.’s anti-piracy attempts, jumps in its mouth and lives there happily, all the while ignoring the iPhone and infuriating Android app developers who are left hanging, waiting for their cash return.
It all seems rather alarmist, however the influx of illegally copied apps on the Android platform is becoming a big concern for app developers in Korea, with some sidestepping the process of going directly to Android and offering their apps to third party content platforms run by leading telcos like SK Telecom Co.
As one Seoul, South Korea-based mobile games operator puts it “The developers’ community here has seen some commercial success stories from the iPhone ecosystem, but you have to wonder whether the Android platform will ever be as reliable. Many developers are bypassing Android and providing their products to content platforms operated by mobile-phone carriers.”
Two million Koreans use smart phones that run on Android compared to around 1.7 million iPhone users according to recent statistics.
As app developers grow more concerned about pirate app copies enabling consumers to keep their cash firmly in their pockets and reap the benefits of the free version, Korea is making attempts to bring everything above board.
The Korean Association of Phonogram Producers has started by shining the light on illegal music applications and restricting access to sites that provide them, but it seems that there is still a long way to go to significantly reduce the amount out there and with nature of Google’s system it is proving hard to control what customers have access to.
For now it is mostly developers that are grumbling, but the openness of Google’s platform may pose some threats to users too, who are increasingly using their phones to store and use sensitive information like bank details.
In such cases, Kim Kee-Chang, an advocate of consumer rights in technology services, says that iPhone users would be better off as “Apple strictly monitors and controls the programs available on its App Store. However smart phones powered by more open mobile platforms, such as Android might be exposed to tech theft.”
Regardless of the potential threats, users in Korea for now seem to know what side their bread is buttered on and Android is proving to be a strong competitor out on the streets of Korea.
To keep these customers and provide a smooth service Google has and is taking steps to search out the pirate apps and delete them but critics have likened this attempt to “whack a mole game.” Whereby for each one they successfully remove another one jumps up.
For all the criticism that the platform has received in relation to lose security, Android phones for the moment at least seem to be the nations favourite, while Google continue to give Apple a run for their money as we head in to the new year.（source:rcrwireless）