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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I'm sorry, but since at least iOS 6.0 (but possibly the last iOS 5.x release) every app you install will ask "Xxxx want to send you push notifications, accept?" or similar on first start up. At this point you are perfectly able to click "no". You therefore get no push notifications from that app ever.

iOS 6.0, open settings: Notifications is the second item in the second block on my phone. Clearly visible. The list of apps is pretty clear - "In notification centre", "Not in notification centre". All the user needs to know is what "Notification centre" is. You can argue all you want that the average user will know what that is, but Apple have it all over their product announcements, and so I don't think it is a stretch to believe that many non-techie users know/can work out what the term means from the context.

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