Get Deals From A Variety Of Retail Stores With Retale

Get Deals From A Variety Of Retail Stores With Retale

Nov 7, 2013

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Everyone hates ads, until they offer something they need. Retale is an app for the people who are looking for the right ads, from their local retail stores. It notifies of new products, sales, and offers from a variety of stores, such as Target and Toys-R-Us. The app can be downloaded for free from here: Retale – Weekly Ads & Deals on Google Play.

Google Tightens Restrictions on Ads and Payment Processors

Google Tightens Restrictions on Ads and Payment Processors

Aug 7, 2012

Google has recently clarified some of their developer rules on Android, particularly with advertising and in-app purchases.

Ad restrictions are tighter; now apps’ ads are considered part of the app as well, and content in ads that violates the Google Play Developer Terms will be cause to get an app rejected. As well, apps cannot install shortcuts or change system settings without explicit user permission.

The requirement for in-app purchases is tighter now, as apps “must use Google Play’s payment system as the method of payment.” This essentially locks out third-party payment processors from Google Play. Now, the policy is actually far more lenient than Apple’s, where nowadays even Amazon can’t sell books or movies directly through their apps. Google specifies that “where payment is for digital content or goods that may be consumed outside of the application itself,” then it can go outside of Google Play’s in-app purchases. Physical goods and services purchases are also exempt.

Source: Pocket Gamer

Ad-Blocking on Android

Ad-Blocking on Android

Jan 25, 2012

Thanks to Android apps having more permissions than on other platforms, this also means that it’s easier for apps to deliver ads in different ways. Developers can push ads to the notification bar, or even maliciously install app icons that are links to advertisements. While advertising itself is not a bad thing – it helps many developers make money in a challenging environment, and websites such as ours use advertising to help keep things going, and to pay talented writers to keep churning out interesting and informative content. I do not recommend just disabling all ads without enabling them judiciously for services users wish to support. However, advertisements can be intrusive and annoying, which is why many users disable it on their phones.

Thankfully, there are applications that can help detect which apps are serving the most odious of applications, and offer ways to remove them. First, detecting ads can be done through free apps like Addons Detector. What this does is that it detects the kinds of third-party services that installed apps can use: this includes push notification services like Airpush, typical banner ad services like AdMob, social gaming services, and other, non-malicious services. However, this app can’t necessarily remove those services themselves.

Airpush in particular, being one of the most well-known push notification ad services, can be removed either through their Airpush Permanent Opt out app that hypothetically opts out a device from receiving Airpush ads. Apps like Airblocker – Airpush Block can be used to block ads on rooted devices. This is the issue – blocking ads at the server level requires editing the hosts file, which is in the system folder, which requires a rooted device. However, plenty of free solutions exist either in custom roms or on the Android Market to block ads, such as AdFree Android which modifies the hosts file to block ads. While removing ads can improve device performance, it can have the effect of shorting legitimate website owners and app developers of necessary ad revenue, so use these judiciously.