Are ads coming to the Gmail app for Android?
0. phoneArena 30 Sep 2013, 04:45 posted on
Like it or not, Google's Gmail application might soon start displaying advertisements. Yup, that's the app pre-loaded on most Android smartphones and tablets – the app used by over hundreds of millions of people worldwide. How do we know? Well, clues pointing at that direction have been discovered in the code of Gmail 4.6, which rolled out several days ago. A thorough examination reveals that the app contains...
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1. tech2 (Posts: 822; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
At the end of the day, like every other company, Google is there to make profits and to keep up with updates and features, for one of the highest used app, would require tremendous resources.
All I ask is give us the option of removing ads by charging a one-off fee or something.
3. Jobayer (Posts: 54; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)
i totally agree with u , its logical , if there is not a paid version for the app i will be disappointed with Google .
34. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 144; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
They probably figure that your personal information is more value to them than some piddly subscription fee.
7. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 470; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
I think there is no paid google account..
29. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 92; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
Actually, there is a paid google account. It's called Google Apps for Business
15. JC557 (Posts: 634; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
wasn't there a report that Google mined through our emails anyway?
18. kanagadeepan (Posts: 517; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
Yes... I will readily pay for each and every Google apps, to avoid ads and help Google...
28. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3394; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Root your phone & install AdAway. PROBLEM solved. lol
Man I LOVE Android.
2. boosook (Posts: 607; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Gmail usage is free, so somehow we have to pay for it. I see no problem with this, there are ads already in maps or in the web version of gmail. Android is free and so are its best services like maps, mail and so on, and Google must earn money somehow, otherwise we would have to pay a license fee like with windows. So ads are ok, as long as they are not too obtrusive.
4. raphz (Posts: 35; Member since: 22 Oct 2012)
google is gready, just switch to outlook or yahoo
5. bloodline (Posts: 675; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
outlook and yahoo are both awful to use. They completely destoryed hotmail when they turned to outlook.
I am not bothered about advertisments so whatever
9. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 470; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
How destroyed? they just change the name.
14. bloodline (Posts: 675; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
the colors and font are awful and so is the user expirenece
23. shreyas.s666 (Posts: 74; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)
how is hotmail and yahoo are awful? keep aside your fan boyism and explain
6. boosook (Posts: 607; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
The comparison with Outlook is unfair, since Outlook is a paid service, because the windows phone license is not free. You cannot compare services from companies who rely essentially on ads to services from companies like Microsoft that earn mainly from license fees.
What's more, the web version of outllok, which is free, does have ads.
As to yahoo, the web version has much more ads than gmail. The app is currently ad-free, but you can be sure that they will have to monetize in the future.
20. protozeloz (Posts: 5188; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Outlook it's not free page is full of adds
26. axllebeer (Posts: 205; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)
The day I start seeing adds in my email app is the same day I stop using that app.
8. Planterz (Posts: 98; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
As long as the ads don't trigger alerts/notifications.
10. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 628; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
Ads in my opinion is why AOL became so irrelevant. Google makes enough money they are becoming greedy. Greed and lack of innovation seems to be the root of all companies eventual down fall. I hope innovation never stops, because like all companies they are starting to let greed get the best of them.
11. promise7 (Posts: 162; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
Yes they do make enough money. But that shouldn't stop any company from trying to make more.
16. JC557 (Posts: 634; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Especially when a company is publicly traded. Then again shareholders were never known for their long term thinking.
12. bucky (Posts: 1096; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
No thank you. Ads in core apps is pushing it too far. I have a feeling involving kitkat in the naming of you OS version will inevitably lead to more ads and junk.
YouTube is already ridiculous (thank God for Adblock)
17. JC557 (Posts: 634; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Except now that isn't enough. I get popups asking me to sign up with google+ and to use my real name. So now I only watch videos if they don't trigger a popup, otherwise i'll just use the back button.
35. Edmund (Posts: 599; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
you can turn this off somewhere in the settings, but sadly your average user doesn't know that and will just enter their details or sign into g+ as requested.
37. JC557 (Posts: 634; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Not necessarily, Google keeps making it harder to deal with each week. It used to be so easy to defer or ignore it completely.
So far Youtube is trying to force me to use my real name for anything from posting to watching a video that may contain explicit content or even mild cursing.
13. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 1511; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
This is not done Google. I want ad free gmail.
19. jellmoo (Posts: 202; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
When it comes to desktop software, I'm fine with Google embedding ads. They are providing us with a service, and that is their recompense. However, mobile is a different story. Here we are purposely paying for the mobile product they provide. If they aren't bringing in enough revenue, they need to re-work their relationships with manufacturers and carriers, not impact the user experience of their customers.
It's not the end of the world, but it could be the beginning of a very slippery slope, and is something that could push me away from the platform.
27. axllebeer (Posts: 205; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)
This is exactly how I feel about it. Adds on the desktop are fine. But in the confined space of a screen in the palm of my hand, no way. I just won't use the app anymore. In fact, I might jump platforms soon anyway, for a phone at least.
24. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 144; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
Why use their email reader? Just use the native email reader/composer app provided by your phone.
25. Commbubba19 (Posts: 14; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
If they do that i'm going back to the iPhone. I hate advertisements.
32. DukeX (Posts: 323; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
What a lame excuse to go back to an iphone. What if they put ads in ios gmail lmfao! You might as well drop your tv,cut your eyes out,junk your computer,radio while you're at it. Get over it! Ads are everywhere and have been for years. I find it funny people get upset with ads when the smartphone era hit. True definition of SPOILED!
33. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 144; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
That is not Apple's operating model but it is indeed Google's operating model. That is why they (and similarly Amazon's) model, store, aggregate and filter through your emails, contacts, pictures, and all other applications that you get free and tailor advertising to specific to you and sell you info to other companies. But you do get a free OS (or really the phone makers like Samsung gets it free and not so much you). Great deal!
31. artealis (Posts: 98; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)
people just greedy, they want good free service but even a 5 seconds ads on youtube they feel they need to press the back button.
is not google that greedy, but its you people.
36. Edmund (Posts: 599; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
Advertising only works if it's "non-invasive", which this isn't.
38. JC557 (Posts: 634; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I don't mind if they're non-invasive and VERY relevant ads... stuff like Newegg or Amazon deals or motorcycle manufacturers in my case.