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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karunko
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2008-10-28

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.

You are correct, yet you are missing the point.

As stated above (and by the linked post) according to section 5.6 of the App Store Review Guidelines "Apps cannot use Push Notifications to send advertising, promotions, or direct marketing of any kind”. It's as simple as that. At least in principle, that is.


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majipoor Member since:
2009-01-22

Thom say "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."

I was commenting his article, not the linked one.

You cannot do anything against spam while you can easily (yes, easily) configure push notifications.

I don't see how this "problem" can be compared to spam or other app store issues such as malwares: if a developer abuses push notifications, people will disable them or remove the app which will directly impact the developer's business.

A problem with such an easy fix is not a problem.

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karunko Member since:
2008-10-28

You cannot do anything against spam while you can easily (yes, easily) configure push notifications.

Again, that's not the point. We're talking about rules put in place by Apple and blatantly ignored by both developers and Apple.


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