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KitKat dialer could show ads

0. phoneArena 01 Nov 2013, 16:20 posted on

Inside the new KitKat dialer APK is some code that suggests that ads are coming to the dialer; there is nothing in the code that tells us if we are talking about huge picture ads, or smaller ads comprised only of text. Luckily, the code also suggests that there will be a way to disable the ads. The dialer in Android 4.4 is getting some love for the first time in, well, ever...

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posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:26 35

1. brrunopt (Posts: 508; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Android 5.0 - audio adds during calls...

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:15 13

26. jove39 (Posts: 1283; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


May be while phone is ringing...google will play adds :)

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:29 15

29. GTR722 (Posts: 236; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


Google becomes worse every year....

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:45 4

31. blazee (Posts: 271; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


What are you talking about hownarevthey getting worse? Its gonna show you local places like in Google now. Those aren't really ads more like a useful feature

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 18:30 10

40. bucky (Posts: 1432; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


And they call iPhone users sheep.....

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 19:13 4

42. blazee (Posts: 271; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


The code shows you can turn the feature off, idk where you see the problem.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 23:17

56. protozeloz (Posts: 5377; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Well the update says otherwise

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 07:50 1

58. boosook (Posts: 1009; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


I think that, since we can get a phone which is much better than the iphone at half the price (I'm talking about the nexus 5) and an os that's more advanced than iOS for free, we can tolerate an ad every now and then.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 20:09 1

62. bucky (Posts: 1432; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Or an ad everywhere...

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 19:35 10

45. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5783; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Ads being displayed in the dialer might be a bit of an overreach. I would definitely pay to not have the ads displayed - I need to use the dialer to dial a phone number I want to call, not have some POS ad display. There are ample areas to display ads, the dialer should be an ad-free zone.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 19:56 1

47. akki20892 (Posts: 3474; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Ads are better for making money.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 12:18

61. xtremesv (Posts: 221; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


If one day I saw an ad on my dialer or my contacts list, I'd immediately go out to get a Windows Phone or iPhone.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:33 14

2. D.Aceveda (Posts: 360; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


If this is true, you can always use a replacement dialer.

That's the beauty of Android

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:35 10

3. Shatter (Posts: 2025; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Or get an ad blocker.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:39 5

5. avasponge (Posts: 40; Member since: 03 May 2012)


or disable them

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:42 5

8. Ninetysix (Posts: 1612; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Can you point me to one in the play store?

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57574213-94/google-yanks-ad-blocker-apps-from-google-play/

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:44 1

30. Shatter (Posts: 2025; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Loading...

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:46 4

32. gust3r3u (Posts: 81; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


so not in play store .. plenty of other stores out there !

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 20:18 2

48. Shatter (Posts: 2025; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Adaway, just google it.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:39 2

6. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 224; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


If there is a such thing..there will be option to disable.if google want that much money they would charge for everyphone releasing with android.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 18:54 1

41. stealthd (Posts: 967; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


You could also just buy another phone

That's the beauty of having other options

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:38 15

4. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


Lol enjoy this slippery slope Android users.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:43 18

11. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


and you enjoy the rocky road with a million humps user of the less capable iOS

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 07:54 3

59. boosook (Posts: 1009; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Enjoy the fact that you can buy one iphone for the price of two nexus 5. And still have a phone and an OS that aren't as capable and powerful as the N5.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:41 1

7. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


Or root your phone and get those out of the way

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:43 6

10. Ninetysix (Posts: 1612; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Does rooting void your warranty?

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:44 2

12. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


It does. Make sure you know what you're doing so it don't get bricked.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:45 5

13. Ninetysix (Posts: 1612; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


I'll go ahead and send instructions to my grandma on how to root her phone so she doesn't see the ads. Gimme a few..

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:01 7

17. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Actually even your grandma could do it. Search for one-click root programs. Plug in your phone, press the root button and...voila! There you go. I rooted my phone using the exact same method.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:07 3

22. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


but not all phones are supported by one-click root though

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:09 4

24. protozeloz (Posts: 5377; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Or just tell tour grandma to disable it? I mean there is even a Google option on the code...

Now are you seriously worrying about code that's not active? Code that's incomplete? How do you not know this could be part of the local businesses dialer? Instead of the whole thing... Just saying

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:59 7

35. Whateverman (Posts: 3203; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Or tell your grandma to do what all the other grandmas are doing... Buy an iPhone! :)

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 18:20

38. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4023; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


It does, but no manufacturers really care, or even check it for root. I broke the screen on my GS2 while it was rooted and running CyanogenMod, got it replaced free of charge with no trouble at all.

Even if you don't know how or don't want to root, it apparently gives you an option to disable it.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 21:15

51. joey_sfb (Posts: 2924; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


My local Samsung support also never check for root. Its like the don't ask don't tell policy.

My guess is they wouldn't want to lose customers over stupid policy while the heat is on from Apple lawsuit.

My local LG support does void warranty for rooted device.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 19:24 3

44. E.S.1 (Posts: 289; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


But you can un rooted as well. And no problems with your warranty.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:42 13

9. LordCaedus (Posts: 48; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)


Just another reason to switch to Windows Phone.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:57 2

15. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 224; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


What you know about android ????

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:02

18. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


You realise that users disable them? Just look at the second image.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:06 8

21. LordCaedus (Posts: 48; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)


I have an Android now. Don't get me wrong, I love Android, I just really want to switch to Windows. This was just me thinking outloud to myself.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 21:40 1

53. joey_sfb (Posts: 2924; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Just switch to Windows phone. Your money your choice.

I have windows phone given to me by the office but i still use Android as my main phone.

Windows phone not really worth spending my money on.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 21:04 1

50. Sauce (unregistered)


Whats a Windows Phone? LOL

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 04:51

57. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Nice joke buddy, nice one..

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:48

14. rabidhunter (Posts: 90; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)


Meh, I think it might be just something benign like when you receive a call from a business it shows a picture or something like that. Whatev, no big deal, yo.

Bring it on.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:58 8

16. downphoenix (Posts: 2329; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I understand ads are where Google makes their money... but the dialing app? Come on!

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:06

20. protozeloz (Posts: 5377; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Why people miss the disable option on the code?

Also how does this work? Does anyone has a clue?

Here is a possibility that Google could be using the adds in the new business search feature (witch picks up local places phone number for you to dial) and not if you use it to call your contact or regular people....

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:28 5

28. MrsPotatoHead (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


I'm sayin!! I was thinking of getting me one of them Samsung android phones when I switch companies but this a total turn off. I don't want to be seeing no ads when I go to make a call, shoot I don't even watch commershals on tv. Maybe I'll just keep my phone after all, I gots to change my company though cuz I can't take my triflin service no morre.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:47

33. protozeloz (Posts: 5377; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Eh, a choice based on a piece of code that currently not active and only exist within one phone and can be disabled...well who am I to judge people anyways

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 18:05

37. MrsPotatoHead (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Oh, I didn't read the disabling part. That I'm definitely gonna do. But whats my best choice in phones. I'm probably gonna go with them Verizon people, sound like they much better. A friend a mine said I can still get an individual plan without all that families share business.
Can't wait for my Christmas, Santa gonna be good and sweet to me this year. Yes he is!

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:04 1

19. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


I think what it means is that if you're trying to dial, for example, a fast-food store, then suggestions would pop up. there are ads now in Google Maps now and they aren't too obtrusive at all; knowing Google I expect the same from the dialer app.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:08

23. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


that's what I'm thinking too which is very logical. people nowadays are very pessimist don't you think?

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:11

25. protozeloz (Posts: 5377; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


This is related to the local search (a 4.4 feature ) you get to call places (local places) without having to go to another app (calling the nearest pizza hut for example)

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:26

27. lifeyourlive (Posts: 126; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)


This is my opinion:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pnKObAvS3Pw/Tw4lxJeDXiI/AAAAAAAAAmc/JrKWnADRNFc/s150/cop-out-nope.gif

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:49

34. blazee (Posts: 271; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Thos aren't really paid ads. Its more like a useful feature to see local business. Plus you can disable it if you don't like it so Idk what's the problem here

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 18:05

36. antmiu2 (Posts: 210; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


one word..... Adaway

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 18:30 3

39. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4023; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Did nobody read the article or look at the second picture? Seriously, the third sentence in the article says there is a way to disable it, and the second picture obviously shows there is a disabling option. Come on guys, at least put SOME effort into reading the article instead of just looking at the title and crying about misinformed nonsense in the comment section.

PA, please change the title to recognize there is an option to turn it off, because apparently 90% of your "readers" only look at the title. Just add the word "optional" between "show" and "ads". This is ridiculous.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 19:19 3

43. ZombieHunter (Posts: 18; Member since: 13 Oct 2013)


There may be a way to disable it................. for now.....

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 19:39

46. alan_1230 (Posts: 75; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)


My nexus 5 is in Ontario ca 1 hour away from my house hurry up ups!!!!

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 20:31

49. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


There's several alternative dialers in the play store. Right now I'm using RocketDial which looks comparable to the stock dialer in Kitkat.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 21:27

52. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


In this thread:

Fangirls of any other OS desperately trying to cannibalize this news lifespan with irrational statements.

Fangirls should read articles all the way if they're considering to put their fat fingers to work; better yet, they should at least try to see all the images if they're that lazy.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 21:56 1

54. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1903; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


This AD Bullshyt, is getting out of control...smh...

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