Ads start appearing on some HTC QWERTY keyboards (UPDATE)
by Alan Friedman / Jul 16, 2017, 11:07 PM
Now that HTC has been made aware about the ads, it might try to do something about them. The manufacturer recently told HTC U11 owners to uninstall recent updates to the TouchPal keyboard. To do that, go to Settings> Apps> All apps> Look for the app (TouchPal)> Uninstall updates. This would suggest that previous updates to the keyboard added the necessary code to make the ads possible. It also means that HTC could be in the process of removing the ads for good.
UPDATE: HTC this evening gave us the following statement. "Due to an error, some HTC customers have reported seeing ads on their phone's keyboard. This is absolutely not the experience we intended, and we're working to immediately fix the error and remove the ads as quickly as possible."-Jeff Gordon, HTC Global PR.
Most of the feedback that was tweeted to HTC relayed negative feelings about seeing ads on the QWERTY keyboard. These were expressed with words that you wouldn't want your kids to see. Hopefully, HTC makes it impossible for ads to show up on its QWERTY keyboards again. Not only is it annoying, the ads use space that could be employed in a way to make the keyboard better.
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Posts: 1673; Member since: Nov 11, 2014
good thing am more than happy with Gboard, TouchPal is overloaded with unecessary and useless bloat besides just doing it's job as a keyboard. Ever seen a keyboard that has a 'Lock Sccreen' feature, a raffle draw shtick, random ads popping into your screen outta nowhere? TouchPal it is!
posted on Jul 16, 2017, 7:02 PM 1
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That's why HTC is about to go bankrupt.
posted on Jul 16, 2017, 7:14 PM 1
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Does it even matter...? The first thing I change in an Android is the keyboard. And I change it with... Blackberry Keyboard...!!! (You can side-load it on any Smartphone via APK) Very VERY productive, like vintage Blackberries with impressive text prediction, almost on par with the class leading Microsoft Keyboard on... Wait for it... Windows Phone 8.1 which is by far the BEST predictive keyboard on the planet...! Oh well... G'Day!
posted on Jul 16, 2017, 11:52 PM 0
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