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How to Stop Vibrations from Any Android App on Your Phone

Online advertisements continue finding new ways to annoy the crap out of you. For the past few years, one particular form of online advertisements have plagued mobile devices: the vibrating ad. Using the Vibration API, advertisements have been vibrating your phone to annoyingly grab your attention. This issue has been known for years, but Google...

Ads, Smaller Batteries, Jello Displays — How 2017 OEMs Keep Delivering What You Never Asked For

Last year it seemed that all the bad mojo in our industry was focused on one brand: Samsung. The Galaxy Note7 will likely go down as one of the worst blunders in our industry despite its revival as the Fan Edition nearly one year later. While a lot could be written about how Samsung handled the...

Google Plans to No Longer Scan User Emails to Personalize Ads in Gmail

Google is finally putting an end to one of its most controversial ad practices, the one that involved scanning emails of its users. Beginning from "later this year", Google will no longer scan user emails to customize the ads that are displayed to them. This format must have been very efficient and "successful", as the...

No, Google Isn’t Eavesdropping on You for Those Crazy Ads and Predictions

«My phone was in my pocket as I was talking to my friend about XYZ. I had never heard of XYZ before (my friend brought it up), and I didn't google it or anything. Yet when I opened an app a day later, I saw ads related to XYZ! Is Google listening in on my...

PSA: Enable Scroll Anchoring in Google Chrome to Prevent Annoying Page Jumps

There are a ton of awesome features hidden away in many Google apps that are rarely hyped up namely due to a lack of advertisement by Google. One such feature hidden away in Google Chrome's chrome://flags page is the Scroll Anchoring feature. Introduced back in April initially only in Google Chrome Dev v51 builds, the feature prevents...

App Pricing Structures — Turn Your Hobby in to a Profitable and Sustainable Career

Pricing is a very important part of your app as the subject tends to invoke strong feelings in your users, get it right and you can bring in a steady income and leave your users happy. Get it wrong and you infuriate and alienate your users and gain bad faith. In the worst cases, this...

On Abhorrent Ad Practices in Android Apps and Empowering the User

As an internet-reliant society, we are no stranger to ads. Advertisements are used in apps as a way for the developer or service-producer to make money so that they can continue developing and improving their current applications, as well as create new ones. Of course, there is always the option to create a paid version, where...

Samsung, Stop Putting Trash in My Notification Tray

There is one thing I love about getting Nexus phones, and that’s the wonderful feeling one gets when setting them up. Why? It’s hassle free, fast, unobtrusive. It launches you right into the experience, no questions asked. The same can’t be said about Samsung phones. While I reckon that TouchWiz as a ROM has truly been...

Google’s Ways of Monetizing Android — What They Know

As an interesting thought exercise, let's take a look at how Google can potentially use Android to further drive their other services and make great profit. It's highly unlikely push ads will ever be used as most users are completely against them, and Google's own Play Store policies forbid them. This article doesn't aim to predict...

The Future of Bloatware, Making a Buck a Phone

A number of global carriers, including Verizon in the US and America Movil in Latin America, have partnered with a small public company, Digital Turbine, to preinstall targeted apps. These are specifically chosen upon activation based on mined user data. Certain OEMs like HTC, Acer, Asus, and Sony are also dipping their toes. But bloatware...