Recently, my Android phone began to display ads in the notification bar at the top of the phone. These were of the garden-variety “Win a free iPad2″ type. Some even claimed to be ads generated by Sprint, our carrier. The people at the Sprint store claimed never to have heard of the problem, and were no help at all.
Turns out there’s an easy solution when you’ve got ads in your notification window. Several apps now include an advertising service called Airpush, which generates these fake notifications. Luckily, there’s also an app which fights back; just download Airpush Detector from the Android market, run it, and get a list of all the apps on your phone which might be serving Airpush ads.
For me, it turned out to be a Google Calendar app that was causing the problem. Airpush Detector found it, and removing it killed the ads.