Tech & Science Google's Developer Policy Now Prohibits Android Lockscreen Ads

00:41  03 december  2017
00:41  03 december  2017 Source:   Gizmodo Australia

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Thankfully, Google is now heavily coming down on such apps and is banning such behaviour. This means that apps like ES File Explorer, various apps from Go, VPNs etc. can no longer display ads on the lock screen since they don’t include a lockscreen [Via Developer Policy Center, Reddit].

For more information, please visit our Android Pay developer page for details and brand usage If a user cancels a subscription purchased from an app on Google Play, our policy is that the user will not Unless the exclusive purpose of the app is that of a lockscreen , apps may not introduce ads or

a person holding a cell phone© Provided by Allure Media Pty Ltd Ads in smartphone apps are already annoying, but did they have to go and put them on your lockscreen too? It looks like some developers may have pushed their luck; Google has updated its Policy Center to explicitly call out -- and prohibit -- apps from showing advertising on Android lockscreens.

Google's Developer Policy Center does a good job of not only describing, but showing what sort of advertising is not OK. A new section has appeared on the page, specifically targeting everyone's new favourite ad type:

Lockscreen Monetization

Unless the exclusive purpose of the app is that of a lockscreen, apps may not introduce ads or features that monetize the locked display of a device.

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When an unresponsive patient arrived at a Florida hospital ER, the medical staff was taken aback upon discovering the words "DO NOT RESUSCITATE" tattooed onto the man' s chest - with the word "NOT" underlined and with his signature beneath it.

The succinct rule leaves a little wriggle room for lockscreen apps themselves, but for everything else, it's now a no-go zone.

Hopefully Google will be proactive in removing apps that go against this policy, but at the very least, it should significantly curtail the appearance of new apps and updates that try to cash in on your lockscreen.

Google pauses crackdown on apps that use accessibility features .
Almost a month ago, Google cracked down on developers that used Android's accessibility features for apps that weren't expressly created for people with disabilities. Several developers complained about the strict policy enforcement, which could affect apps like Last Pass (which uses accessibility features to help fill in form fields and passwords), Tasker (which uses the features to monitor launched apps) and Greenify (which shuts down apps when they use too much power).

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