Prevent Ads in Google Android Game Apps
After installing Google Android OS onto my Verizon XV6900 phone, I have been trying out different Android apps on it. Some of the apps are free games, like Bubble Defense. While quitting some of these games, a dialog pops up, asking me to upgrade to full version of the game in order to eliminate the in-game ads. Funny thing is that I have yet to see any ads in these games.
The Android OS I installed on my phone comes with a Modem app. I use it to connect the phone online and disconnect it from online when I'm not using online features. I suspect that because I have disconnected from the Internet that the games cannot download the ads to display. That's got to be an added feature of off-lining my phone at times. ;-)
I don't know if Modem app comes with the stand Google Android OS, if it is an app you can download, or if it just comes with the Polymod 2.1g Android distribution that I installed. But it's worth looking for if the in-game ads annoy you to death.
There is no "Modem" app in the Android Market. At least, I can't find it. But I found that you can enable/disable "" through Android settings. Use the following steps to do so:
1. At Android Home, press the Menu button.
Pretty easy. But that's still quite a few clicks. You can get there faster with a free app like the "Data Enable" widget.
As I'm building up a tablet for my kids, I found this trick to be extremely valuable. I wouldn't want ads to distract my kids from their activities. Plus, many ads--like meeting singles--aren't appropriates for their age group anyway. Being able to turn off data connectivity in order to prevent advertisement is a must.
It didn't occur to me that you can practically accomplish the samething with the Airplane Mode. The only difference I that in Airplane Mode all wireless connectivity is off, not just the wireless data. But that is just perfect for children.
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