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Spaz
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Spaz,
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2/22/2014 | 7:13:16 PM
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I thought about that too: Google Play version. If not mistaken, Google Play will automatically update even if you don't select update. It will also give you a message that you must use your Google + account. I recall that I never updated the Play app and I don't have it set to automatically update, even when I had an older Google Play .apk installed. Then again, it could also be random. Only Google knows for sure. 
CoryatJohn
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2/22/2014 | 5:15:01 PM
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I think it depends on the version of Google Play (or Android Market) more than the version of Android. I'm sure there are those exploiting the weakness.
Spaz
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2/22/2014 | 4:58:20 PM
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But the Nexus 7 is not an older device. However, me thinks that if this is an known exploit then it's likely because the person has a custom ROM or rooted device. 
CoryatJohn
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2/22/2014 | 10:05:36 AM
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Those users have older versions of Android. It's a loophole that will be hard to close. Hackers and others interested in skewing the ratings will exploit this and still be able to add ratings and comments in anonymity. Eventually, Google will disable those older versions and the loophole will close.
JustinC442
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2/22/2014 | 4:06:00 AM
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That's not entirely true. 2 years later there are current reviews from " A Google User". these people have modern devices like the nexus 7. So why and how is that possible? Are they hackers?
CoryatJohn
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11/30/2012 | 1:30:13 PM
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This is a great change for Google Play. Not only does it stop trolls but it also will reduce the number of developers and paid reviewers who dump negative and misleading reviews on competitor's apps. Now that the veil of anonymity has been removed, we'll see more honest and truthful comments.

Great! Hopefully, the "Developer reply to comments" feature now in beta will be opened up as well. That would complete the circle.


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