Google Play Now Coming With Spam Notifications?

Google Play Now Coming With Spam Notifications? e-Reading Software I've been having a problem for the past few weeks and I'm still not sure where it's coming from.

Update: A reader identified the problem as being a spammy ad network (it came hidden inside an app). He recommended that I use an Android app called Airplay detector to identify the spammy app.

Shortly after the Android Market became Google Play, I noticed that mysterious icons started appearing on my Samsung Galaxy Tab. The icons turned out to be links to app pages in Google Play, and I've been seeing links for 2 apps in a particular: Youtube Offline, Mario Kart.

The odd thing about this is that I've only been spammed by the 2 apps. Each has shown up several times, and they only started showing up after I installed the Google Play update. I've asked around on Twitter, but no one seems to have noticed the issue.  That is itself rather odd, but after doing some googling I found that at least one Android blog also got the spam for Mario Kart.

The thing is, I just got another piece of spam today, and I'm really getting tired of it. Is anyone getting this kind of spam on your Android Tablet? Any idea where it comes from?

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

8 Comments on Google Play Now Coming With Spam Notifications?

  1. Sounds like Airpush. If you’re curious, run airpush detector to see if you have any apps on your device that have it. Otherwise, you can just opt out of it.

  2. An even better option is Lookout Ad Network Detector: – it detects far more than just Airpush.

  3. Thanks so much guys! Sorted 🙂

  4. Hi guys I also have same experience and even worse the ad link spam are so often pop up and connect to the google play store, it so horrible, how to stop it???

  5. My 9 year old boy is getting advertisements for stuff like the karma sutra and best sexual positions in recommended apps

    Not at all happy about this.

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