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Spot the Fake

Eugene Kaneko — January 27, 2014

Our friends on Instagram and Twitter discovered a fake Tangent app on the App Store and brought it to our attention. Called “Tangen” without the “t”, the app created by hippoLab LTD is a blatant ripoff of our App Store Best of 2013 app. Home icon, screenshots, screens, shapes, and patterns — everything has been lifted.

We’ve taken action so have no doubt that Apple will take down this fake. We’re hoping they’ll go the extra mile and ban these guys. To hippoLab, shame on you.

And some constructive feedback to Apple. How is it that an obvious fake like Tangen gets through the approval process? From the conversations that we’ve had with other devs, we know we’re not the only ones. A quick search for apps already on sale with similar names could weed out these fakes before the consumers and developers get screwed.

Home icons: Real Tangent (left), fake Tangent (right)

Home icons: Real Tangent (left), fake Tangent (right)

Start screen: Real Tangent (left), fake Tangent (right)

Start screen: Real Tangent (left), fake Tangent (right)

Styles: Real Tangent (left), fake Tangent (right)

Styles: Real Tangent (left), fake Tangent (right)

Patterns: Real Tangent (left), fake Tangent (right)

Patterns: Real Tangent (left), fake Tangent (right)

Export screen: Real Tangent (left), fake Tangent (right)

Export screen: Real Tangent (left), fake Tangent (right)