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'Grand Theft Auto: iFruit' App Skewers Apple on Android Devices

"Grand Theft Auto V" has received high praise from both fans and critics alike, but it does boast one considerable problem: It's not very portable.

But while you can't take the "GTAV" experience with you, you can do the next best thing with the iFruit companion app, which recently touched down on Android.

The iFruit app, which has already been on iOS for about a month, lets you play a few "GTAV" mini-games that help you advance in the main console title.

Along the way, it takes more than a few potshots at Apple and its often zealous fans — making it just a tad ironic that it has taken this long for the companion app to hit Android.

"Apps can transform your mobile device into essential tools like a harmonica, disco ball or convincing moustache," reads the app's description. "At least you'll have something to keep you entertained while your significant other prattles on endlessly about their day … This is the future, we're almost sure of it."

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The app's functionality mirrors that of its iOS counterpart. You'll choose one of two activities: "Los Santos Customs" or "Chop the Dog." The former is a customization tool for the myriad cars in "GTAV," while the second is a virtual pet simulator.

"Los Santos Customs" is the more straightforward of the two activities. When you acquire (or, more accurately, steal) a new car and bring it to the garage in the console version of "GTAV," you can then customize it as you see fit in the iFruit app.

You can tool around with everything from a car's paint job to its engines, wheels and brakes. For the obsessively detail-oriented, you can even customize a car's license plate.

For most "GTAV" missions, the kind of car you use doesn't matter too much, but if you have a few minutes, designing your own car can help the game feel a bit more personalized.

For a more traditional game experience, try "Chop the Dog." Franklin, one of the three protagonists in "GTAV," often takes his canine companion, Chop, with him to various in-game activities. By playing "Chop the Dog," you can make Chop more responsive and helpful in the main game.

In the iFruit app, you can pet Chop, feed him, give him water, play fetch, engage in a tug-of-war or teach him tricks. As you improve your relationship with Chop, he will learn new skills in the console game, such as sniffing out hidden items.

The iFruit app also keeps fans up-to-date on the latest "GTAV" news and connects them with Lifeinvader: the Facebook analogue in "GTAV" that doubles as an interface for game developer Rockstar's "Social Club" social network.

The day "GTAV" hits a mobile device is still a long way off, but now both iOS and Android fans can spend a little time in Los Santos even when they're away from their consoles. The app is free and available now.

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  • jimmysmitty
    That's a pretty cool idea. Make an app that connects to the game and allows for the game itself to benefit from it.

    They need to do that more often.
  • gm0n3y
    I haven't played GTA:V, but this sounds like a nifty bonus feature. Kudos to Rockstar for not charging for it.
  • ssalim
    It's really good idea; Wish MMO games have this kind of stuff. Have in-app purchases for extra income.
  • bustapr
    I dont quite understand how the title fits with the article