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Handling Android app referrers like "com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox"? #131

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kingo55 opened this issue Jul 15, 2016 · 11 comments

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commented Jul 15, 2016

I've been seeing a lot of traffic recently from "com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox". I suspect it's users that have searched from the home screen in Android.

Should we classify this under google / search?

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commented Jul 15, 2016

Sounds like google / search to me...

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commented Jul 17, 2016

Actually - there's a whole bunch of them:

SELECT page_referrer AS page_referrer,
       COUNT(*) AS count
FROM atomic.events
WHERE collector_tstamp >= '2016-04-18 08:17:01.000000'
  AND collector_tstamp <= '2016-07-17 08:17:01.000000'
  AND refr_urlscheme = 'android-app'
GROUP BY page_referrer
ORDER BY count DESC LIMIT 5000
@kingo55 kingo55 changed the title Grouping "com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox" Grouping Android app referrers like "com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox" Jul 17, 2016
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commented Jul 17, 2016

Hey @kingo55 did you mean to share the result of the query?

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commented Jul 18, 2016

Hi @alexanderdean - my bad... here you go:

page_referrer count
android-app://com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox 433817
android-app://com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox/https/www.google.com 31848
android-app://com.google.android.apps.genie.geniewidget 7470
android-app://com.google.android.apps.plus/https/plus.url.google.com/mobileapp 446
android-app://com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox/googlequicksearchbox/suggest 334
android-app://org.telegram.messenger 175
android-app://com.pinterest 165
android-app://com.laurencedawson.reddit_sync.pro 46
android-app://com.laurencedawson.reddit_sync 39
android-app://arun.com.chromer 32
android-app://com.Slack 21
android-app://com.noinnion.android.greader.reader 21
android-app://org.telegram.plus 17
android-app://com.andrewshu.android.reddit 15
android-app://com.paladin.auto.car.news.reviews 10
android-app://com.noinnion.android.greader.readerpro 9
android-app://com.laurencedawson.reddit_sync.dev 7
android-app://com.hanista.mobogram 4
android-app://com.google.android.apps.social.spaces 4
android-app://com.linkedin.android 3
android-app://com.levelup.palabre 2
android-app://com.tumblr 2
android-app://com.andrewshu.android.redditdonation 2
android-app://com.innologica.inoreader 2
android-app://ir.felegram 1
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commented Jul 18, 2016

Waho! Quite a list. My question is, how do we know all of these are using Google search?

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commented Jul 18, 2016

Sorry @alexanderdean I changed the title on you.

When I discovered other referers, I figured we might need to take a step back. I just don't know enough about what these are yet to recommend how we classify them or approach them. Many look like social referers from other apps.

But they're missing further details on the referrer. Aka no query.

It's also unclear how the apps are generating /passing the referrer. It only started in March or May in our dataset.

@alexanderdean alexanderdean changed the title Grouping Android app referrers like "com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox" Handling Android app referrers like "com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox"? Jul 18, 2016
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commented Jul 18, 2016

Agree, I have made the title even more conditional to reflect the uncertainty.

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commented Jul 20, 2016

We also get a lot of android referrers right now. And we really need the information if this referrer comes from a search engine or not

>>> logs.filter(logs.referrer.uri.substr(0, 14) == "android-app://").select(logs.referrer.uri.alias("uri")).groupBy("uri").agg({"uri": "count"}).show(truncate=False)
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------------+----------+
|uri                                                                               |count(uri)|
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------------+----------+
|android-app://com.stickypassword.android                                          |1         |
|android-app://com.google.android.apps.plus/https/plus.url.google.com/mobileapp    |10        |
|android-app://com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox                             |399125    |
|android-app://com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox/https/www.google.com        |14231     |
|android-app://com.Slack                                                           |15        |
|android-app://com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox/googlequicksearchbox/suggest|50        |
|android-app://de.idealo.android                                                   |38        |
|android-app://com.android.chrome                                                  |16        |
|android-app://com.twitter.android                                                 |3         |
|android-app://org.telegram.messenger                                              |97        |
|android-app://com.twitpane.premium                                                |2         |
|android-app://com.google.android.apps.social.spaces                               |8         |
|android-app://com.guardian                                                        |2         |
|android-app://com.linkedin.android                                                |1         |
|android-app://org.telegram.plus                                                   |3         |
|android-app://com.pinterest                                                       |4648      |
|android-app://com.google.android.apps.genie.geniewidget                           |10        |
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------------+----------+
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commented Dec 29, 2016

Hi everybody,
i also hunt informations about this kind of url android-app://com.*, my web application generates some exception while handling this referer url, have you some fresh news about that ?

Kind regards

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commented Apr 7, 2017

@chepchepcirkus - same here. All of the sudden we're receiving a spike in these android-app scheme referrals resulting in:
RefererParser::InvalidUriError: Only HTTP and HTTPS schemes are supported -- android-app

Submitted a PR: #145

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commented Jul 27, 2018

I have seen a wave of this
when investigating I am starting to suspect it is some type of Referer spam
It seems to give the title Wordpress Android App but the referer has this type of link

http://android-app//com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox/https/www.google.com

Strongly suspect junk

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