There's a new app available from the San Francisco Metro Transit Authority: an official Muni bus guide called Muni+. It's available right now for Android and iOS. And this dual release seems to have given the promotional department a bit of a problem. See if you can tell what it is by looking at this freeze frame of the new TV commercial now airing in the Bay area.


Photo via Artem Russakovskii

If you said "that Galaxy Note II is upside down for some reason," you're absolutely right. The model appears to be trying to get to the homescreen via the earpiece. If you said that it's not running Android, you're doubly right: that Note has a serious identity crisis, because it's displaying the iOS version of the Muni+ app. We're not normally so quick to judge those who are less technical than ourselves, but you'd think that in a city that houses more technology companies than steakhouses, someone would have spotted the error.

Oh, and in case you're wondering, the new app is getting slammed in early Google Play reviews. It's a good thing that there are plenty of unofficial alternatives.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • MagnificentN

    Facepalm sooo much

  • http://shanked.me/ Shank

    I think Android needs a "Designed for Windows 95" sticker equivalent. That way they can advertise it being "Designed for Android 2.2 Froyo."

  • Calvin Tran


  • GreatNews

    What an odd mass up! Upside-down iOS powered Galaxy Note 2 specially designed for them! Btw is this odd upside-down manufacturer by Apple or ZTE?

    • Ixil

      Apple. iPhone 6F

      • picassa

        F for Fail ? Lol :D

      • Arve Svendsen

        iPhone 6 DD

  • yodatom10

    this is very much needed after a rough few hrs in android land. thanks san francisco for the laughs

  • Fjm

    Funny...but looks like they are holding it upside down in order to cover up the Samsung logo.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Then they're doing it wrong. But after the iOS UI on an Android phone, I am convinced they literally had monkeys create this commercial. Actually, monkeys would have done a better job.

      • Fjm


      • Niels

        I think they actually botched the iOS UI too, the navbar should always be on top...

      • fonix232

        Hey at least the Play Store version has actual Android screenshots! That's a step forward :D

        • Matt

          It could be taken from the same Note II that was used in the commercial

        • Adrian Meredith

          gingerbread android no less....

          • Kcls

            No unfortunately that's at least Android 4.1. That's just Samsung's disgusting skin that for some reason makes android look like it's still in the Gingerbread age.

    • PhilNelwyn

      They could have stuck a piece of white tape on it.

    • Mike Reid

      If they photo-shopped the screen, they could do the same for a logo.

  • mgamerz

    I was hoping it said Verizon so we could blast them on the missing logo on the button too, darn.

    • Paul

      True cause vVerizon is the only carrier with the logo on the home button. Lol. Crazy

  • VoiceofSky


  • Hans Pedersen

    This is clearly just a new way some agencies has started using to get a bit of extended free publicity. Last week someone else got some press mentions by using a poorly Photoshop'd GS4 with buttons in both ends.

    Bad press is free advertisement.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Took this photo of my TV earlier tonight after almost spitting out half of my dinner. First SF does the pilot names, now this. Thanks for the treats, keep 'em coming!

  • GraveUypo

    am i the only one who found the fact the phone looks much fatter in one end than the other the strangest thing about all this?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's just the angle I took the shot at.

  • cy_n_ic

    I have used my nexus 4 upside down many times. I realize it once i notice the power button is gone O_O

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Do you also look at fullscreen screenshots of iOS while you're at it?

      • cy_n_ic

        I swear upon the holy robes of our lord matias duarte that i have not ever, ever done that.

        • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

          "I swear upon the HOLO robes of our lord matias duarte that i have not ever, ever done that.”

    • PhilNelwyn

      You mean "held," not "used," right?

      • cy_n_ic

        No. I hold it all different ways. Sometimes backwards. But i use it upside down sometimes

        • PhilNelwyn

          Do you have a custom rom that rotates at 180°?

          • cy_n_ic

            180° and 270°

          • PhilNelwyn

            Ah, ok.

  • Justin Swanson

    iPhone 6 Confirmed.

    • New_Guy

      Samsung iiiiis supposed to be making the parts again, so maybe not so far off :-)...

  • Jays2Kings

    The saddest part is it's pretty hard to find a picture of a note 2 already upside down, and even so, nothing clicks in your mind the the samsung logo is upside down.

  • Jose Torres

    There are phone geeks, then there's every one else. This is a typical example of everyone else.

    • Matthew Fry

      Hold up. A random person on the street might very well get this wrong, but this person made a COMMERCIAL. If you're doing a commercial about an app, it might be worth putting in the effort to know a bit about what you're putting on the screen.

  • fredric

    It's a "feature"...... or a breakthrough.

  • Ionut Lala

    He's just holding it wrong!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

      Probably trying to avoid the antenna issue... :D

  • Lwabbit22

    It's a hidden power of Android, you can run iOS and not know it.

    • Thomas’

      It'll run iOS when turned 180°. It's a well-kept secret.

      • picassa

        LOL xD give me a good laugh

      • squiddy20

        I wonder how many people would actually try to attempt this...

  • Unknown182

    Yay, new job opening in MUNI! I need one of those :)

  • ari_free

    I'm sure this is an inside joke
    "Those phone geeks will explode when they see THIS!"

  • carlisimo

    I work in San Francisco, and around here MUNI is not known for doing things right.

  • dwxdx

    First the ugly new buses, now this

  • Dru

    To add to that FAIL...
    No one proof-read the intro of the article...
    "There's a new app from available from"

  • http://www.tarasmuz.ru/ Taras Lanchev


    • Thatguyfromvienna

      Technically, that's not a palm but a fist.

  • Fred Fredson

    You got it all wrong! There are two systems on EVERY Note II: If you hold your phone normal, it runs Android. If you turn it upside down it runs iOS! Try it!

  • Hothfox

    Aren't companies not allowed to use iPhones in their promotional materials without explicit consent from Apple? - Where I don't think there's that stipulation for Android phones? They were probably trying to advertise with an iPhone without advertising with an iPhone. Unfortunately there's no way an upside down Note 2 can be mistaken as an iPhone...

  • Thomas Ramsay

    Epic Fail

  • Samuel Hart

    Also it looks like the tip of their index finger has been cut off by the bad photoshopping...

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

    If you expect intelligence out of San Fran, well... May I present their highest-profile elected official?

    Note: Yes, I know she has nothing to do with this app... Just showing off the caliber of people San Fran's subject-citizens elect.

    • MeCampbell30

      Yeah, you're a moron.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

        Yeah, you're a douche. Lemme guess: You have this exact pic up on your ceiling. I'm sure you have to clean the sheets a lot because of it.

        • MeCampbell30

          Says the retard that has to bring politics into every unrelated post.

  • Mihael Roškar

    It's upside down becouse he's holding it with palm and would be pressing home button turned other way. Smart. ;)

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    This is actually the correct way to use the Note III. Samsung is "innovating" again.

  • bcsc

    Here come the lawsuits from Apple for infringing on their 'you're holding it wrong' patent. Beware Samsung and Muni. I'm sure Apple will also throw in San Fran and HTC as co defendants just for good measure.

  • John Smith

    I call "SHOPPED!" hehe

  • Fifth313ment

    He's simply trying to hide the camera and sensors from the NSA!

  • RaptorOO7

    I bet they are trying to hide the Samsung logo, but they could do that with white tape. But who cares it's an app and the GN2 is a great device to show it off on.

  • io53

    You have to ask permission to how the logo. Mythbusters did a great job with the Apple logo on their macbook pro http://www.beheadingboredom.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/what-laptop-are-they-using-jamie-and-adam-myth-busters-apple-mac.jpg

  • Roh_Mish

    this is fucking awesome....

  • Steve Freeman

    Geez, it's not even a good Photoshop...they warped the image so badly that it's making me nauseous to look at it...

    • firesoul453

      They didn't photoshop it. They had a screenshot on the phone.

      • Steve Freeman

        The phone looks wider at the top than at the bottom. But either way, nauseous.

  • Chris Carter

    I, too use my phone upside down. Skipped the IOS port though :)

  • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

    gives new meaning to that famous "you're holding it wrong" comment.

  • Brad Howard

    Here's my theory.....

    The Ad Geeks are, as expected, iPhone users and originally tried to photograph using one of their iPhones. Unfortunately the image was sooooooo tiny, it was useless. Then they tried to capture a screenshot and do something "creative" with resizing it, but that was taking too long. They remembered that techy guy who always fixes their computers when they screw them up had one of those "other" phones with a huge screen. They ask to borrow it for a quick picture but can't find the app. They ask him to open it for them so they can take a quick picture but he chuckles and says "It's not on there, I don't need it. Google Now takes care of that stuff for me automatically." Not understanding and unfamiliar with the wonder that is the Google universe and all of it's amazing features, they decide they will just photoshop in the screenshot from earlier and stretch it to fit. Hence we have this. Thank you SF, you remind me once again, that yes God does enjoy the circus.