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Play Store bans apps that push ads into notifications bar

Authored by: Kris Carlon — Sep 30, 2013

Do you hate getting ads in your notification bar from one dubious app or another? Endlessly annoyed by apps that put ad-based shortcuts on your launcher? Well, you can now breathe a sigh of relief, because Google is on it, banning spammy ads from Play Store apps as we speak.  

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Ads like this in your notifications bar will be a thing of the past. / © Venture Beat

Google has implemented the changes already, and given offending developers 30 days to update their apps or risk removal from the Play Store. While we respect developers' rights to make a living for all their hard work, there has to be a line drawn between ad-supported apps and apps that force ads down your throat.

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This is the addition to the Developer Program Policy.  / © Google

The changes were added to the Google Play Developer Program Policies in late August, and should have now passed into official Google doctrine. What this means is that the 30-day grace period for ad-happy devs is now over, and the apps that have failed to repent for pushing ads into your notifications bar or launcher will now start to vanish from the Play Store, making installing apps a lot less stressful. I look forward to more considerate advertizing in future.

What do you think of this change? Have you suffered at the hands of pushy ads before?

Via: Venture Beat Source: Google

Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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  • Jean Trottier Mar 25, 2014 Link to comment

    Does anyone know how to stop Samsung App Store ads in the notification bar? I want to keep the app update notifications I just do not want the ads about theņ next best app that just got released. ..

  • qusyairi Oct 10, 2013 Link to comment

    Hye androidpit !!.. I want to ask you about my galaxy note 2..sometimes
    when I open play store..its keep saying no connection...and tell to enable
    some setting which I dont knwo what..why this issues happen?? NEED YOUR
    HELP..

  • Amy R. Oct 8, 2013 Link to comment

    You can also download AdAway from F-Droid.org.

  • David D. Oct 4, 2013 Link to comment

    @Kris Carlon,
    I use AdAway (root needed). You can get it only from their blog.

  • Kris Carlon
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    Oct 4, 2013 Link to comment

    I never even notice the ads in the web version of Gmail, and now that my Gmail app update has occurred I still don't notice them as they are secreted away in a separate inbox that I simply never click on.

  • Mark R. Oct 3, 2013 Link to comment

    I think ads are OK outside the notifications window & homescreen, as others say, it keeps apps free and it's a reasonable compromise when you're inside the app. One thing I can't abide though is Gmail. It's purpose seems to be just ad delivery and as such I've never bothered using it as my main account. This does seem like hypocracy by Google as SheemOm touches on above.

  • SheemOn Shapiro Oct 3, 2013 Link to comment

    Does this include Google apps, such as gmail?
    If the ad is reflected in the subject line, how is different? is this allowed?

  • dinsyamsuddin Oct 2, 2013 Link to comment

    great news from google..

  • Rutger Oct 1, 2013 Link to comment

    Great!

    I have no problem with ads inside Apps, like a small banner or there is a ad-screen between games. But those crappy ads in the notidication bar is great to get rid of! They are waking me up at night!

  • Philipp Junghannß (My1) Oct 1, 2013 Link to comment

    but Google does not use push ads and such...

  • Kris Carlon
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    Oct 1, 2013 Link to comment

    I hate ads as much as the next guy, but they do keep apps free. I too use an ad blocker app, and while it is a bit of a pain to scan and apply limitations to every app before I start it up, this is really no different to my computer. I think there simply needs to be respectful limits to advertising. Another interesting point is the timing of this, where Google bans app ads at the same time as introducing them themselves.

  • Ryan Birch Oct 1, 2013 Link to comment

    Is that what is coming down to having to add apps to block ads
    More internal memory used up to stop ads
    Like come on let get with the program
    Ads should on be used on bill boards and on tv between tv shows

  • Philipp Junghannß (My1) Oct 1, 2013 Link to comment

    I also had that. glady some of the services had an Opt-out and for the rest I have my Root-running Adblockplus...

  • Ryan Birch Oct 1, 2013 Link to comment

    This is great to see happen but now the ads will be on gmail service in witch that suck
    Cause nothing like a disturbing ad floating on u screen

  • Amanda O'Bryan Sep 30, 2013 Link to comment

    Awesome!

  • H.T Sep 30, 2013 Link to comment

    Cool I like this implementation a lot... ;-)

  • Kris Carlon
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    Sep 30, 2013 Link to comment

    Prevention is better than cure! But what ad blocker do you use? I'm always interested.

  • David D. Sep 30, 2013 Link to comment

    Yeah. But now I have an ad blocker :-)