[Update] T-Mobile Now Pushing Ads To Android Notification Pulldown (Via “My Account” App?).

What is this crap? Ads in the Android notification pulldown!? According to TmoNews, the ads are starting to pop up in notification pulldowns after updating the T-Mobile My Account app.

It’s worth noting that ads were present within the app previously — a completely normal and acceptable practice. But we’re almost positive it’s against some (or several) rules in the Android handbook to use the notification area for slinging crap apps/services. Just sayin’…
Update: Apprently this “functionality” isn’t illegal and is a tool for devs to use.

For what it’s worth, a T-Mobile forum moderator by the name of “tmo_jessicab” stated that “the issue has been reported to their information system, and they are working on a solution”. We’re not holding out too much that that is going to do anything as other solutions in the same thread say to simply remove the offending app. The problem, of course, is that this is a T-Mobile app that is pre-installed, and therefore unable to be deleted by the user (in stock, non-rooted form).

Another solution offered up is to download “Airpush Detector” that apparently will detect and block ads downloaded in the background as is the case here.

Whatever method you take, let us know how it goes. We’ve reached out to T-Mobile and will update this post once we know more.

More: T-Mobile Forums Threads (1 and 2)

Update

T-Mobile has responded, saying they’ve “stopped the notifications” on the offending “My Accounts” app.

During a recent software update, a message to promote T-Mobile’s free VIP Zone was mistakenly sent to certain customers and appeared on the notification bar for some Android devices. After T-Mobile was made aware of this mistake, the company stopped the notifications. T-Mobile apologizes for the inconvenience this may have caused customers.

Source: Reddit | Via: TmoNews