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Google To Android App Developers: Shape Up Or Ship Out

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    Google to Android app developers: Shape up or ship out | VentureBeat | Mobile | by Dylan Tweney (click for full article)

    by Dylan Tweney - March 29, 2014

    -- Google announced some tweaks to its Google Play policies yesterday, aimed at clarifying and clearing up its policies on sexually explicit content, app promotions, and potentially deceptive in-app advertisements.


    The announcement, apparently emailed to developers and posted by Philadelphia-based IT pro Anthony Farrior, covers a range of issues. About half of them seem to be aimed at eliminating shady app developer tricks, such as making advertisements look like system dialog boxes or other aspects of an app’s user interface, tracking consumers’ usage or locations without proper permission, or making modifications to the browser on behalf of advertisers or third parties.


    Developers are also prohibited from using SMS to communicate with customers without first getting explicit permission for that.


    Developers have 15 days to comply. After that, Google says it will start issuing warnings — or removing noncompliant apps from the store.


    The new policies suggest that Google might be taking some steps to tame the “wild West” nature of the Google Play marketplace, which has been far more open-ended that Apple’s iTunes App Store since its inception.


    See more at: Google to Android app developers: Shape up or ship out | VentureBeat | Mobile | by Dylan Tweney
     

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