The Android Blacklist Site Introduced
With well over a million applications available on the Google Play Store, you’d be right in thinking that there’s probably an application for anything you can think of – and plenty of apps for things you’ve never thought of! With so many applications, it’s fair to say that a number are not great quality. Some simply don’t work as advertised. Others spam our notification tray with adverts and others still share our personal information and potentially have it resold to advertisers.
How do we measure the quality of an application? Google does include a rating system and this can help, but it’s sensible to treat the rating system with a degree of suspicion. Sometimes what we really need is the support of a developer, especially where the developer has identified those apps we really don’t want to be using. One such app developer and Redditor has introduced a new website called the Android Blacklist.
The website has rapidly gained new entries and detail, including a handy “Apps Guide” detailing the rationale behind some of the different blacklisted application types. The author is seeking to expose applications that he considers to be intrusive, such as having onerous permissions, displaying adverts including placing these on the lock screen, or generally not doing much of any benefit, such as battery savers and device storage cleaners. The good news is that listed applications have better alternatives listed. One of the golden rules is that if an app’s claims seem too good to be true… they probably are. Another is to keep app functions separate, as a animated-GIF maker built into a web browser is probably not very good at either!
Best of all is how the Android Blacklist is written – in an engaging, informative and easy-to-follow style. It’s one of those websites that should probably be bookmarked in your Google Chrome, or other webbrowser, to cross-refer an app that you are considering installing. If you have an application that you believe is causing problems on your device, simply doesn’t work, or has dubious permissions, hit up the website and you can complete a form to have the suspect application looked at.