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Google moves to take control of apps shared outside the Play Store

Google moves to take control of apps shared outside the Play Store Google moves to take control of apps shared outside the Play Store
Melba Vasquez | 27 October, 2018, 20:03

Researchers at Oxford University looked into 959,000 third-party apps on the Google Play Store in the United Kingdom and U.S. and discovered that 88% of them transfer data to Google parent company Alphabet.

Google News appears to have a bug that is causing it to use huge amounts of background data without users knowing.

The problem, according to project lead Reuben Binns, is due to most apps being free and relying on advertising to make money. The most recent report came on October 17.

Google Play services can better app experience because it improves the gaming experience, it loads web pages quicker, and it provides an overall immersive app. Subscription tactics like this are really nothing new, but it is become more of an issue as time goes on.

The study found that just under 90% of the apps analysed could send data to companies owned by Google's parent company Alphabet.

TechJuice for Browser: Get breaking news notifications on your browser. Of course, getting rid of Google News until the bug is fixed is also a solution. Google has already been working on the issue for over a month, seeing as it was made aware (and replied) of the issue since September 19.

These apps are most easily spotted by the claim that they will beaver away on your phone or laptop in the background to earn you crypto millions while you sleep. SHAREit, which has gained more than 1.5 billion downloads worldwide, allows users to share files and apps from one phone to another without internet connection. For example, the user that had 28GB of data used by Google News, is going to be seeing a $45 overage from their wireless carrier.

They at that point followed the conduct of the applications' human clients and impersonated it utilizing a "vast network of bots", enabling them to produce counterfeit traffic and con advertisers out of millions for in-application promotions (counting those kept running by Google itself). What happened? 37Gb mobile data used in just a one or two days? If you are in the United States, or another country that has unlimited data, it may not be as big of an issue.

Of course, a lot of the subscription-based pricing issues on iOS are the fault of the user for not reading the agreements close enough.

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