Some Android apps, most notably the free ones, bombard users with ads in exchange of not having to spend a cent to download them. Unfortunately, not only do ads hog the battery of your Android device, but some even go as far as invading your device’s notification system. The troubling part is that it’s rather hard to pinpoint the culprit that’s sending the ads to the notification bar of the device. This will all change with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Among the myriads of goodies that Jelly Bean comes with, there’s a new feature that lets you track spam that infiltrates your notifications bar. You can see what application pushed the spam by simply long-pressing the notification, which will take you straight to the App info activity in the settings area. You’ll then have the option to uninstall the app or block all notifications originating from it.
This means that you will no longer have to stab in the dark by uninstalling apps one by one, to check if the spam stopped, and you can go right ahead and uninstall the culprit from your device. Alternatively, you can simply disable the notifications and keep on using the app.
So there you go – another reason why Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a treat that you don’t want to miss out. While owners of Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and the Motorola Xoom will be the first few to officially receive the Jelly Bean OS update, we’re sure it’s only a matter of time before unofficial builds for other devices hit the web.
Any experience with intrusive ads on your Android device before?