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Google cracks down on notification tray ads and in-app billing in new Play policies

0. phoneArena posted on 23 Aug 2013, 21:22

Android may be an open platform, but the Google Play Store does have rules that developers must follow; and today, Google updated those policies. There are a number of changes and clarifications to the policies, and some are very welcome changes. The biggest new change is that Google is now banning apps that generate ads masking as notifications...

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posted on 23 Aug 2013, 21:31 18

1. amiaq (Posts: 509; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

About time, one reason I do not try new "unknown"/non established apps is because of this notification issue. I hope most reasonable developers will benefit from this crackdown.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 21:32 14

2. YaBoiDre10 (Posts: 84; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)

It's about time. I was getting tired of hearing android has "viruses."

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 22:14

3. davenycept (Posts: 200; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)

I'm glad Android is finally waking up.. I'm glad they FINALLY got rid of that distasteful app called "angry trayvon".. what made it worse was that the app was removed/ added about 10 times before not showing up anymore... the app was briefly available on IOS But was quickly and permanently removed unlike the android version.. more app doesn't always mean better

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 22:20 2

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Finally! Now apps can stop asking me to rate five stars in the Play Store. That s--- was really annoying...

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 23:14 3

5. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2195; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

yes ban those ads.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 00:27 4

6. mr.techdude (Posts: 571; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

When ever you are getting ads on ur notification bar just hold on the add until its says 'app info' press it and untick the 'show notifications' hope that helps guys

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 01:24

8. Jobayer (Posts: 167; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)

i know r8 :) have been using it for along time !

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 01:47 1

9. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 183; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)

This is only for android 4.0 and above BTW

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 10:25

13. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

I believe its 4.1 and above, though I could be wrong.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 00:59 2

7. Android4Ever (Posts: 86; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)

About f*cking time...

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 02:49

10. nasznjoka (Posts: 413; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

Actually its not when they detect your app doing so, but its definetly from today the day of receiving the mail count 30 days to come any app that violates those new policy rules is going to be pulled out of the store! So its either you do that voluntarily or wait for the actions! I don't know whats gona happen to startapp ads network

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 06:57

11. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)

I don´t think it is gonna change at all, it says "without the user’s knowledge and consent." So the Apps will have to ask for the user to allow it otherwise we will not be able to use the apps.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 11:14

14. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

A good portion yes. There are many apps I decided not to download because there were too many permissions needed. But many people don't look.

And they'll still complain about Android and the ads even after they approved them.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 06:58

12. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

A good move.
I don't install a lot of crappy apps so I've only saw this happen once on my phone.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 13:43

15. k1ng617 (Posts: 264; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

Very welcome changes! Thanks!

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 20:28

16. scsa852k (Posts: 331; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


posted on 24 Aug 2013, 20:38

17. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

Glad that stopped those ads especially the ones in the system tray.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 22:35

18. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

This all sounds extremely "Orwelian" to me

posted on 25 Aug 2013, 10:43

19. Sondae (Posts: 291; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)

Its about time google do this. I am not against ads but they can be annoying specially when you are on playing or using apps.

posted on 25 Aug 2013, 23:24

20. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 813; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Good news.... well done Google...

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 17:39

21. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


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