Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 24th Aug 2013 17:09 UTC
Google Google has revised its Play Store rules. This is new:

Apps and their ads must not add homescreen shortcuts, browser bookmarks, or icons on the user's device as a service to third parties or for advertising purposes. Apps and their ads must not display advertisements through system level notifications on the user's device, unless the notifications derive from an integral feature provided by the installed app. (e.g., an airline app that notifies users of special deals, or a game that notifies users of in-game promotions).

I've never encountered any of these, but good to see them banned.

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by ichi on Sun 25th Aug 2013 22:44 UTC
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I also tend to avoid apps with nagging advertisement, although in the latest Android versions it's become less of an issue since you can now select which apps can show messages in the notification bar.

It was annoying when you would unlock your phone after hearing a notification sound only to find that (eg) GunBros was letting you know that there were some "awesome" deals on in-app purchases.

I'm not getting any of those kind of notifications now (and haven't for a long time) although I'm not sure if that's only because of said blocking feature or because I'm more carefully choosing what apps I install.

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