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Google bans apps with lockscreen ads, Amazon phones in question

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Like it or not, and many definitely don’t, ads have become part and parcel of the modern digital life.

What makes ads the villains, however, are the way people have unscrupulously used every trick they can come up with to inconvenience or, worse, mislead users.

Google has been cracking down on inappropriate uses of ads on Android, and the latest to get the banhammer are apps that put those ads on phones’ lockscreens.

The new Google Play Developer Policy on “Lockscreen Monetization” isn’t a blanket ban on ads on lockscreens.

The documentation is actually very simple and specific:

“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.”

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