New Google ad policy could mean adios to some annoying in-app ads
interfere with game play. One Android user we know recently downloaded some live wallpaper from the Google Play Store. This might have been one of the worst offenders as ads crudely disguised as notifications started popping up. Another friend, (we do have more than one, you know!) recently installed the free version of Alec Baldwin's favorite airplane time killer Words With Friends, and found an ad displayed after every turn.
The new Ad Content policy from Google requests that each ad make it clear which app it "belongs to". Ads should not add bookmarks, shortcuts, icons or change default settings without the user's knowledge and consent. The user should be able to reverse the changes. More importantly, Google now says ads cannot ape notifications or warnings. Hopefully this means that Android owners can install live wallpaper without fear of getting bombarded with notification-style ads.
1. Sniggly (Posts: 6496; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Kickass, Google. Maybe now Gun Bros will stop running as a process, always, just to tell me their ridiculously overpriced War Bucks are on sale.
10. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
That's what you get for downloading a free app instead of paying for it. Developer has to make money someway.
11. Sniggly (Posts: 6496; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Considering how popular the game is/was, they would have made plenty of money off of the Warbucks anyway.
12. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
That's an excuse. Apps don't develop themselves.
13. Sniggly (Posts: 6496; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
They don't, but a small game like Gun Bros doesn't require the extortionist prices that they have the Warbucks at.
2. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 336; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
I HATE THESE TYPE OF ADS.
Thank you Google! :)
14. kunyuk (Posts: 56; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)
Just root your phone and install adfree and stop whinning dude!!!
5. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
wow google really improve!! i hope they will put it in ICS too!!!
9. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
But I think devs on android won't be too happy
Only users will feel very happy
17. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)
I'm rooted and have blocked all the ads so I don't give a $$hit