Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Nov 2012 23:01 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "The abuse of push notifications is spreading across the App Store. As a result, users are starting to reflexively reject app requests to send push notifications. I always allow apps to send me push notifications, just so I can see what other app developers are doing. Here is a collection of valueless, invasive, and annoying push notifications that I've received recently." Perfect illustration of why one of the usual arguments for strongly curated application stores - quality control - is, as it stands now, pure nonsense. A decent quality control system would bar all these applications from the store. Similar stuff is going on in the Windows 8 application store: a never-ending stream of ugly, pointless crap nobody cares about. Heck, many of them do not even have a tile icon! The end result is that whether you go to Google Play or the App Store, 99.9% is crap. I would much rather have a very restrictive, quality-focussed store - but with an option to enable sideloading. The way application stores work today in no way leads to better quality applications than with plain-old internet distribution. In fact, I'd argue things have gotten worse, not better, due to application store spam.
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In case you missed it, you can fine tune what kind of notification you get for each app and disable all notifications for an app if you want.

The article says: "most non-technical users do not know that these settings exist, or don’t understand the settings if they do happen to stumble across them."

The fact that you can (and know how to) disable push notifications on a per app basis is not the point. The point is that the behaviour of these apps appears to be in violation of section 5.6 of the App Store Review Guidelines:

“5.6 Apps cannot use Push Notifications to send advertising, promotions, or direct marketing of any kind”

Still, these apps have been accepted and rest assured that they're not going to be removed, which means that that a curated app store doesn't automatically translate to quality apps and it's really a way to decide who gets invited to the party and who stays home.


Edited 2012-11-13 09:05 UTC

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