Google's Play Store will mark and reveal apps that have ads

Google has slowly, but surely, been working on its Play Store policies, trying to reach a place where both users and developers are happy. The company made it easy for customers to refund apps from the Play Store, and even expanded the refund window to 120 minutes, so that anyone spending money on an app can do so confident that they will have more than enough time to test it and still get their money back, in case something is wrong.

Additionally, to avoid any misconceptions about “freemium” apps, users are always notified when a certain app contains in-app purchases. It seems, however, Google will build on that, as a new requirement for developers claims that they should declare whether their apps use ads or not (this includes banners, interstitials, native ads, or in-house ads.

What does this mean to you? Well, for one, you will be able to quickly determine whether you can find a free and ad-less app for your selected category, before finally breaking down and downloading the least ad-infested one you could find... or shelling out $1 for a Pro version of whichever one looks best.

For the currently active apps, developers have until the end of January 2016 to declare whether or not their products have ads in them.

source: Google via Ubergizmo



1. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

While this is good news, I wonder why I haven't read anything yet on Google's latest innovation of streaming apps to Android phones.

7. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

Yes, a little bit of surprise why PA has not reported that yet.

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Even tipped them off when I read it but guess it aint newsworthy. They rather see 3m memos on the back of a phone

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Gotta agree. As much as I like this site. I'm really disappointed to see this site turning into a tabloid from a tech site.

2. srk_s_rao unregistered

All free apps have ads, only few doesn't have. If google will give an option to filter these ad-free apps will be good.

3. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

when you download a free standalone app you kinda expect it to have ad's, the question is the devs suffering user experiences for ad's or trying to balance the two out? We have all seen it, some app's are infested and some do a pretty good job balancing the two hey either way, i rather google be more open and giving us more details we are getting our selves into! Other change i would love to see, Dev's being required to actually put real screenshots of their app in the store. There are way too many app's especially games with non gameplay pictures in the store

4. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Indeed it's a necessity!!! Hate to download games with crapy graphic visuals, totaluy different from the dislayed screenshots

5. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

This is good. Thanks Google.

6. garciano unregistered

and when did Google start updating everything on your phone whether you want it or not? I don't know if windows phones are better about that or not but makes me want to switch.

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