Tuesday, October 01, 2013

App Icons Appearing on Droid Home

My wife just showed me her Droid 2 phone, and every open space on her screen was occupied by some icon.  At first I thought she just had too many apps, but when she said she had no idea what many of the icons were, I discovered that most of them were ads!

It turns out there's something called "AirPush" that allows some apps to push ads out to your homescreen.  Apparently there is some kind of financial feedback for them to do that, so that's why they keep putting them out there.

The trick to stopping them is to install a free app called AirPush Detector on your phone, and it will identify the culprits.  Then you can either uninstall the apps, or if you really must keep them, do an AirPush opt-out request.

All of this is detailed in this nice article from last year:

http://www.computerandyou.net/2012/10/how-to-get-rid-of-unknown-icons-android/

3 comments:

pofigist said...

Sorry for hijacking this post.
I am wondering if you are planning to port your Grocery Ninja to iPhone? I've been using your Android app since very beginning and love it.

DewKid said...

Probably not. The only iProducts I own are my kids iTouch devices. I don't want to pay the Apple developer fee, buy a Mac, and learn objective C just to port it over. Believe me, I've considered it, but it just isn't worth it for me.

pofigist said...

It's a pity but I get your sentiment. I would never move from Android to iPhone but that was forced on me by my employer's policy.

Is there a way to export data from Grocery Ninja to CSV?