Google bans Android spying app for jealous lovers

2 Nov 2010

Google is understood to have banned the sale of an Android app that helps users spy on text messages and tells them if their lover has been cheating on them.

The Secret SMS Replicator app developed by DLP Mobile is understood to violate Google company policy.

Google’s Android Market recently shot past more than 100,000 apps on the store.

The Secret SMS Replicator works by secretly duplicating incoming text messages and forwarding these on to another mobile phone.

The app is invisible so a mobile phone user won’t be aware that his or her text messages are being received and read by someone else.

It is understood the app was on Google’s Android Market for 18 hours before the internet giant decided to take it down.

DLP Mobile is understood to have also tried selling an iPhone version of the app on the Apple App Store, but to no avail.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years