Saturday, May 1, 2010

Android Market Spam

Anyone who uses Android Market is well aware of the people who release 20 versions of essentially the same product. One example is releasing a sports application for each team in the competition instead of bundling them all together into one application. These people relentlessly release updates effectively burying any other product in the "Just in" category. I enjoy browsing "Just in" but damn I get finger scroll-itis when one of the offending parties releases ALL their products at once.

Well it seems we have reached a new low of spam in Android Market. One particular group have decided to spam market comments of other applications. If you have used Android Market recently you will have no doubt seen these comments. I have little faith Google will actually do anything but even if they do it is too late since the product is now in etched into the top 10.

I firmly believe they should remove them from the Market for a certain time frame, maybe a week. Clear their ranking so they can work themselves up fairly like the rest of us. But like any issue with Android Market the matter will have no official response. Even a simple "We are working on fixing x, y, z" would be helpful but don't hold your breath.

Now I am not one who usually rants since Android Market is a work in progress. I can understand technical issues take time to fix but this type of spam needs to be dealt with a swift blow. If not we'll see a whole slew of others following suit very soon.

1 comment:

Bobman said...

Yeah. That should be fixed or addressed asap. I just switched from iPhone to Android recently and I'm seeing that stuff in the reviews.

I'd also like to see someone come up with an alternate view of the market contents/reviews that is filtered based on a blacklist maintained by people like yourself. People could submit that a specific developer or user be excluded from the results being shown.