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Google bans deceptive apps which include lock screens ads

01 December 2017 4

Ads are and will always be a part and parcel of apps. While we are aware that this may be the only form of monetization for free apps, we cannot deny the fact that ads tend to disallow us from having a smooth user experience. One of the most hated ads which are included in apps is the lock screen that it automatically adds to your device. This is extremely inconvenient and leads to a lot of conflicts on your device as it replaces the stock lock screen of your device. The good news is that Google has finally decided to do something about it. So, what have they done?

Well, Google has done what it knows how to do best and that is banning it. Here’s what Google has said regarding apps which install lock screen on your devices:

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.

So apps like file managers, cameras, or even VPN apps cannot automatically install whatever lock screen it feels like on your smartphone or tablet. However, an app that is actually a lock screen can still monetize with ads. This is owing to the fact that if you download a lock screen app, you known what you’re getting into.

This is something which should have been done a long time back considering how many deceptive apps introduce lock screens like this without the user’s knowledge. Let’s hope that Google keeps to its promise and removes all such pesky apps from the Play Store.


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