It is possible to get a free but still subsidized experience with ad-supported apps and games. Full-screen ads are undoubtedly among the most annoying, but not all of them are created equal. With Android 14, Google has also addressed the issue of full-screen intents per app.

This interface manages the USE_FULL_SCREEN_INTENT permission. You can’t actually see what a full-screen intent looks like, but what you do see is a full-screen activity initiated by the intent. An incoming call screen or an active alarm screen are good examples. There is a problem with certain apps that abuse the USE_FULL_SCREEN_INTENT permission by showing blocking, full-screen apps. It’s not the only way to achieve this effect, but it’s definitely the most abused.

With Android 14, you can choose which apps get permission and which do not. From sometime in 2023, any newly installed app from the Play Store on Android 14 will have the permission disabled by default, except for those that handle calls and alarms. It is still possible to control this behavior from the menu mentioned above. You will have to manually disable the permission for any app that uses it and was installed before Android 14 was released.