WARNING: Could this be a new scam from an old friend?
For those of you who have been following this blog long enough, you will remember the Molinker scam just over a year ago, where Chinese developer Molinker was expelled from the App Store, taking with it over 1,000 apps, and all for posting shill 5 star reviews to make people buy their apps.
Not long after their expulsion, they were allowed back in to the App Store, but this time trading as Shining Works, producing camera skinning apps. I can't remember how many apps they produced under this new name, but they all had the same functionality, but just looked different, and whilst there are 5 apps currently listed in the App Store they have not been updated since April 2010, and will undoubtedly disappear over the coming months.
A few days ago I got an email from Patrick Timney [who some of you will know/remember] with details on 2 new apps, LomoLomo [price: free] and LomoLomo Pro [price: £0.59/$0.99/€0.79] from a new developer called MoMoTravel Consulting Inc. Now who do you think MoMoTravel Consulting Inc. is? Yes you guessed it, it's the same person [see domain registrant details below] who is behind Shining Works, who was previously one of the people behind Molinker!!
In the interest of readers of the iPhoneography blog I decided to check out these apps, and found that neither offered anything new, they're buggy, produce average looking results, and they regularly crash, and are similar in fictionality to Instagram and Phototreats, but with one big difference, they cost big bucks, $6* for LomoLomo Pro and $10* for LomoLomo [free version].
Now I'm not going to review either of these apps, if you want to read a review, then check out Marty Yawnick's review over at Life in LoFi, but what I am going to do, is warn you, the readers of my blog, that if you do decided to buy into these apps, then buy into them with caution, as there is no guarantee, as with so many apps, that these will stand the test of time.
*Total price if you buy all the in-app purchase options.