Google Lays Down The Law, Forbids Android Apps From Using Deceptive Ads And Other Shenanigans - HotHardware
Google Lays Down The Law, Forbids Android Apps From Using Deceptive Ads And Other Shenanigans

Google Lays Down The Law, Forbids Android Apps From Using Deceptive Ads And Other Shenanigans

As much as we like Android -- and we like it quite a bit around these parts -- there's no denying that Google could step up its game and more actively police its app store (Google Play) for malicious or otherwise deceptive content. Taking a step in that direction, Google made some changes and additions to its Google Play Developer Program Policy.

Most of the changes are outlined in a new section called "App Promotion" and deal with deceptive behavior. Google isn't necessarily pointing the fingers at any developers here, though it is making things clear that app developers are responsible for doing their due diligence when selecting an ad network or affiliate to work with.

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The new rules in place say that apps published on Google Play may not directly or indirectly engage in or benefit from any of the following:

  • Promotion via deceptive ads on websites, apps, or other properties, including simulated system, service, or app notifications or alerts.
  • Promotion or install tactics which cause redirection to Google Play or the download of the app without informed user action.
  • Unsolicited promotion via SMS services.

Google further states that app developers are the ones responsible that their chosen ad networks or affiliates abide by these terms. What Google's trying to do here is prevent developers from tricking users into downloading apps by spoofing a system dialog box.

In a bid to make apps safer and crack down on malicious apps, Google's third bullet point above means that apps must have a user's permission to tap into SMS services. Some shady developers use SMS to promote their app by spamming the user's contacts, while others use it to drive up charges on a user's account.

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nice that google is doing this

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No. Its NOT nice. Its ABOUT DAMN TIME, thats what it is.

However its totally understandable that developers have done this because they know all the idiot sheep will follow the rest of the bleating 'gotta be google' crowd. Its no wonder that over 97% of mobile malware is on google's platform.

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Oh yes! Good stuff. I wonder if this will help stop those bitcoin mining apps too. But the SMS thing is the most substantial change. Good to see them cracking down on a issue like that.

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Very nice! lets see what Google can do next! :)

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Finally. Sheesh.. .

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this should have been like this from day one...

 

 

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Agreed this should've been like this from day 1 but my favorite thing about Google is that they are constantly improving and not slowly either like its competition (*cough* Apple *cough*). Though Apple has done their app store correctly for awhile now, they just take forever to improve anything else sadly.

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