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 see the problem
by leos on Tue 13th Nov 2012 04:01 UTC
leos
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2005-09-21

I have about 70 apps installed on my phone. I don't get any push notifications that I would consider as unwanted. The closest was Draw Something, which would sometimes send unwanted app news as a notification. I've since uninstalled it as I was bored with the game anyway.

So what's the secret for not getting spammy push notifications? Don't use shitty spammy apps. It's that simple. Pay a couple bucks extra for quality and you don't have that problem.

And if you do want to use the app, just block push notifications. Duh, that's what the option is there for.

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