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Google Play Now Coming With Spam Notifications?

April 1st, 2012 by · 8 Comments · apps, Spam

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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