"The Google News app is randomly using a ridiculous amount of background data without users' knowledge". According to an article in the american site The Verge, the application of the giant search engines, which highlights and ranks informative content tends to consume excessive data in some users.
3 days ago, the company announced, through its developer blog, the beginning of a test program that sees Google Play verifying the authenticity of apps and games shared by users with other users i.e. peer-to-peer app and game sharing. Some unsuspecting users are being hit with data overage charges as a result.
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Google is still reeling from the effects from the European Commission's $5 billion antitrust fine that came after the commission stating that Google illegally used Android devices to dominate the search market. It is recommended that you do the same if you have the application installed on your Android smartphone.
Earlier this month, Google pushed up a Play Store listing for its new Search Suggestions app for Pixel phones, which powers - as you'd likely guess from the name - both the search functionality inside the Settings app and the suggestions which appear at the top. Acquiring the apps provides access to the user data of real people, which can then be emulated to generate fictitious activity that's more hard for fraud-detection services to detect and stop. Google is investigating and working toward a fix.
With data as expensive as it is, those on limited data packages may want to delete the heck out of the Google News app until a solution is found. The team hasn't done much other than ask a few questions to try and narrow down the issue to get it resolved.
"This is one of the largest apparent mobile app ad fraud schemes exposed to date", Amy King, vice president, product marketing at Pixalate, tells Digital News Daily. If you are in the USA, or another country that has unlimited data, it may not be as big of an issue.