Tech & Science Google cracks down on apps with shady lock screen ads

06:06  02 december  2017
06:06  02 december  2017 Source:   Engadget

Microsoft Office now available on all Chromebooks

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Following years of complaints by users, Google is cracking down on Android apps that show shady ads on your lock screen , according to a new developer policy spo Apps that are deceptive, disruptive, inappropriate or interfere with apps or device functionality and banned from the store.

Compared to Apple, Google takes a more laissez-faire attitude toward its app store, but the search giant is once again making efforts to clean up Google Play. This time around Google is making it harder for Android apps to push other apps on you with scammy tactics such as simulated system

  Google cracks down on apps with shady lock screen ads © Provided by Engadget Following years of complaints by users, Google is cracking down on Android apps that show shady ads on your lock screen, according to a new developer policy spotted by Android Police. That includes very popular ones like ES File Explorer, which has over 100 million downloads to date. They often force annoying, obtrusive and even spyware ads to pop up for games, iffy anti-virus tools and other dreck.

Google is letting some apps continue to display ads, however. "Unless the exclusive purpose of the app is that of a lock screen, apps may not introduce ads or features that monetize the locked display of a device," the new developer policy note reads. In other words, if the express purpose of the app is to be a lock screen, it can continue to annoy you with ads.

Google can tell if someone is looking at your phone over your shoulder

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Android 8.1 final preview enables the Pixel 2's custom camera chip. New in our buyer's guide: Apple, Google and a little Sonos. The only exception is for apps that are specifically lock screens .

Last year, users on Reddit went so far as to build a spreadsheet of apps that exhibit the behavior, which includes the Go suite of apps (Weather, Keyboard, etc.), ES File Explorer, HiFont and 360security. On a Reddit post about the new policy (with over 1,400 comments), users noted that even smartphone manufacturers like Samsung have pre-installed apps that exhibited the behavior.

Bad ads have become a scourge across Google products, and the search giant said it removed over two billion of them last year. Apps that are deceptive, disruptive, inappropriate or interfere with apps or device functionality and banned from the store. Google introduce Play Protect early this year in an effort to curb the problem, but a lot of shady stuff still gets through.

Google’s data saver app for Android gets a Wi-Fi finder and a new name

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Simply put, if ISPs are slowing down or speeding up specific data, they have to explain why. In abandoning Title II obligations, though, the FCC would no longer require ISPs to report such details as "packet loss The only exception is for apps that are specifically lock screens .

Google this week updated its policy that dictates to app developers what sort of content their apps are permitted to display, with a number of rules designed to crack down on shady and deceptive ads .

Google Maps will soon tell you when it's time to get off your train or bus .
Google is about to launch a small but useful update to Google Maps that will give you live guidance and interactive real-time notifications during your journey. The idea here is to give you real-time updates while you are on your transit journey. These updates will appear in the Google Maps app and, maybe most importantly, on your Android lock screen.To get started, you search for your transit directions in Google Maps as usual. So far, so good.

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