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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Thank Google
by steampoweredlawn on Sun 25th Aug 2013 06:11 UTC
steampoweredlawn
Member since:
2006-09-27

Every once in a blue moon I'll install an app or game that has the ad shortcuts, the notifications or both. It doesn't matter how fun or useful the app is, it gets removed immediately.

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RE: Thank Google
by aargh on Sun 25th Aug 2013 22:34 in reply to "Thank Google"
aargh Member since:
2009-10-12

Hmm, did you know you can simply disable notification per-app? There's a checkbox in Settings - Apps - an app. As for desktop shortcuts, I'm not sure I've seen one but they should be easier to remove than uninstalling the app. I don't see what the fuss is about, you guys here should be no whiny noobs.

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RE[2]: Thank Google
by tkeith on Mon 26th Aug 2013 12:52 in reply to "RE: Thank Google"
tkeith Member since:
2010-09-01

Keep in mind that this feature wasn't introduced until 4.1 so there are a lot of people without this ability. It is a lifesaver, especially since most big name games have this annoying crap.

There was actually a company called airpush that offered a notification based ads as their model. It mostly got unused, I wonder if they'll have to refocus their approach now?

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