“The carriers have a new way to try to squeeze a few pennies out of a user’s handset: It’s called ‘post-loading,’ and it’s just as annoying as it sounds,” Matt Hickey reports for Forbes.
“A company called Digital Turbine has a new service – called Ignite — for Android handsets that allows a carrier to install apps on customers’ smartphones ‘for more advertising revenue’ whenever it wishes,” Hickey reports. “In other words, carriers can now push garbage apps onto their users handsets to make a few bucks here and there whether the user wants it or not, and it seems as if the practice is perfectly legal.”
“The application as it stands now only affects Android devices with carrier-specific versions of Android installed, which, sadly, is the majority of Android devices,” Hickey reports. “Digital Turbine claims Verizon and T-Mobile as customers (among others), but that doesn’t necessarily mean that those carriers are currently using the service to push apps, but it does mean that they could if they wished. That said, some users have as recently as this week claimed that they were pushed updates called ‘DT_Ignite’ for ‘performance enhancements.’ The update apparently asks for permission to access almost any part of the phone’s system, making it not just annoying but also potentially dangerous.”
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