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Solar Charger App Trolls Android's Dumbest Owners

Authored by: Steven Blum — Apr 4, 2012


An app on Google Play is proving to the world that the vast majority of Android users fail to read the description of an app before downloading it.

The Solar Charger app for Android claims that it can charge your phone just by leaving its screen out in the sun. If that sounds too good to be true, that's because it is! However, the app has already been downloaded between 1 and 5 million times (!), so clearly some people are falling for the joke. According to the app developer, that's the whole point: people need to read the description of their apps. If they don't, it's their loss.

The description of the Solar Charger app begins innocently enough: "Go green! Charge your phone with the power of the sun! Start this application, put your phone in a well lit place and watch your battery charge using the solar panel."

Sounds promising enough, right? But as the description continues, it should become even more obvious to the common person that this app is an epic joke:

Future Updates:

  • More efficient solar panels up to +50%
  • Tablet support
  • Samsung support

In the Pro Version:

  • Fart sound while charging
  • Samsung tablet support.


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Finally, the developer reveals his true intentions: "Of course this application is not charging your phone. You didn't think so, did you?! The only reason for this app is to collect the mentally challenged trolls - who never read the description this far - complaining about every app."

However, it seems a good 3,913 people never read that far. That's the number of angry 1 star reviews from folks who feel they were tricked into believing they could charge their smartphones using sunlight, as if lurking underneath every LCD screen was a sophisticated solar panel just waiting for the right app to put it to good use. 

Here's one irate customer review:

And another:

And yet another:

But perhaps more hilarious are the glowing (and totally fake) 5 star reviews – 6,503 and counting – which praise the app for saving lives:

And even preventing an inter-stellar crash:

If you'd like to take up the writing challenge and create your own glowing (get it?) five star review, click the link below to snag the Solar Charger app from Google Play. Just remember: the more hyperbole the better! And to everyone who downloaded the app thinking that their phone could transform itself into a solar panel, I'm kind of baffled by your existence. I mean, REALLY GUYS? Really? Yeah, this crappy looking free app is going to magically solve global warming. Exactly.

Source: Google Play

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.


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