Not all Android apps are created equal, and most are far from perfect.
And I’m not just talking about all of the unpopular, unmonitored apps that flood Google Play and often end up being ousted because they’re spammy or malicious. Even popular apps from respected companies are often guilty of draining your battery, shilling for (paid) updates, and spamming your notification bar with ads.
Here are more than a dozen popular apps that offend in various ways.
Noisy Notifier: Instagram for Android
Instagram made its Android debut just a couple of weeks ago, but the app isn’t perfect. One major issue is that the default notification setting is to spam you with updates whenever one of your contacts joins Instagram. Not when they follow you, just when they join. You can disable this by going to: Instagram, Settings, Edit Profile, Manage Settings, Push Notifications, Contact Notifications. Yeah, they really make it easy.
Super Spammer: Gun Bros.
Glu Mobile’s free Gun Bros. is packed with fast-paced action and spammy ad notifications. The game uses alerts (similar to, but not, those from the Airpush ad network) to constantly pester you with promotional material–from Gun Bros., at least–in your notification bar. You can turn off the Gun Bros. ads in the Settings menu.
Data Hog: Netflix
Apps that use tons of data get a bad rap, perhaps unfairly–after all, you can’t make a streaming video app that doesn’t use tons of data. Still, Netflix is the major offender in this category. In fact, Netflix is such a data hog that even landline Internet providers are trying to put a cap on it. Netflix data consumption varies, because Netflix constantly adjusts video quality to keep up with your connection speed. But in our tests, streaming Netflix for just 10 minutes over Verizon’s LTE network used between 100MB and 200MB of data.