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 don't notice this, but...
by darknexus on Tue 13th Nov 2012 12:49 UTC
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On my iPhone, I've not gotten any push notifications I haven't opted into and, in fact, I've turned several apps notification settings off when they got too verbose. What I notice far more than abuse of push notifications is what I'm going to call abuse of app startup. Half the time, apps will prompt you when you start them "please rate this app," or "please donate," or "follow us on twitter," etc and this doesn't stop even when you tell the app not to remind you. This is completely contained within the app and not controlled by notification settings, and it happens whenever certain apps are launched. I know Apple's put clauses up in their TOS against this, but so far, I don't see these terms enforced. Push notifications don't bother me. If I get notifications I don't want, I'll shut them off, quick and easy. These modal dialogs when some apps open piss me off far more, and that problem isn't limited to iOS apps by a long shot. I saw this same behavior with a lot of "free" Android apps when I had a Nexus One.

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