It seems WeChat’s recent aggressive marketing campaign caught them with a wrong eye. Tencent backed instant messaging app has been reportedly hacked on Google play store creating a roar from user looking to download it.
On trying install WeChat app through Android play an altogether different app ‘Trivial Drive’ is getting downloaded. Trivial drive seems to be a car game where after you drive the car it notifies you of empty fuel, then it prompts you to buy gas. When we pressed the icon to buy-gas somehow it didn’t worked out and showed us an error.
It’s noteworthy that some users even commented in Android play store that 0.99$ has been deducted from their accounts.
It is interesting to note that Chinese Internet giant Tencent is still weak in its approach to make its app secure, or can it be security flaws in Google App store? or the smart competitors?
The app has been one of the most downloaded apps on Android & iOS with its daily users grown 5 fold in the last 1 month. We recently covered the strategy taken by WeChat in growing its user base to reach 400 million. It already has crossed 50 million user mark in countries outside China. At the time of writing this article WeChat app Ranked 1st position in Top Free App category at Google play store and billion dollar group Tencent backing it must be trying hard to get things back in place.
Update: And it was back soon.