Following on from Google's tantrum over Privacy and Cookies notices required in all apps and websites, their latest curved ball to publishers is that you have to specifically declare whether you have ads in your apps. All my 80+ apps with advertising in were already clearly labelled in my descriptions that they contained ads plus the privacy and cookies notice. After receiving the usual Google email saying you have until 11th January to check the Ad Supported box in Pricing and Distribution or your apps could be removed, I diligently went through all ticking the Yes box. All these apps are free.
I have a second Google account with all the same apps but paid for (50p each, the minimum you can do). None of these apps contain any kind of advertising but when I check the new 'No Adverts' box I get this message:
We found Ad SDKs in your application
We detected Ad SDKs in one or more of your active APKs:
version: 3, sdk: AdMob
If your app is serving ads, please change your ads declaration to 'Yes'. Failure to accurately declare the presence of ads is a policy violation and may result in your app's removal from Google Play.
So I'm forced to tick the Yes box and have a banner added by Google saying the app is Ad Supported, when it isn't. This would put me off buying it and I don't sell that many in the first place.
When I make an app, I produce the no ads version first with no ad objects and nothing ticked in the old deprecated Admob properties box. I then copy the Fusion file into another folder and add the advertising for the free version. Some of my apps showing this message from Google are made with API 14 but others are using API 19 and built quite recently.
I have written to Google and if I get a reply I'll add it here but has this issue been addressed in any recent updates? I am using Fusion Developer build R285.1