Alleged HTC monetization plan pops up: BlinkFeed might soon come with ads, auto-promotions
posted by Peter K. / May 11, 2015, 4:27 AM
There's no denying that HTC is having a tough time on the market, as the One M9 apparently doesn't sell as good as the company had certainly hoped. There are numerous reasons for this, mainly the not-so-appealing aura that surrounds the new flagship and the pretty harsh competition from the likes of Apple and Samsung which are currently wildly successful on the market.
Well, it seems that HTC might have a new plan to score some additional cash. @upleaks, the fairly-popular leakster, recently revealed what seems to be a two-step monetization plan allegedly devised by HTC, according to which the Taiwan-based manufacturer might put sponsored adds and app recommendations straight into its BlinkFeed.
As you most probably know, BlinkFeed is an integral part of HTC' Sense UI and provides users with content aggregated from various social networks and news-related websites. Soon, however, BlinkFeed might also promote third-party apps and games. Auto-promotion of HTC's own apps and services is also on the table, as it would reportedly also boost sales.
As usual, take this alleged monetization plan with a grain of salt as it might have been easily fabricated, but frankly said, it's one of the more believable rumors we've stumbled upon of late. What do you think of this speculation?
Why does HTC want to ruin everything.From their hardware to their software.
posted on May 11, 2015, 4:33 AM 12
I don't think anyone uses these news aggregaters like blinkfeed. So this will not affect many people. The first thing I did after getting my S6 was to disable breifing. Similarly, I would disable smart bulletin on LG UX or blinkfeed on HTC phones. This is also the reason I don't like google now launcher. It has google now on the left pane. While google now is useful, being it on the launcher distracts from the otherwise simple user experience. If I want to go in google now, I would do it through home key. Either way, this is cheap.
posted on May 11, 2015, 6:45 AM 0
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Another nail in their coffin.
posted on May 11, 2015, 4:43 AM 17
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Hypocrites! Carriers put bloatwares in your phones no one bats an eye HTC puts ad on the homescreens and everyone lose their minds.
posted on May 11, 2015, 6:42 AM 1
Sorry, but I root my phone to rid it of that crap. Eyes are blinking
posted on May 11, 2015, 6:53 AM 0
HTC has a great design with a metal build to add good looks, and durability to a product, and offer uh oh protection. Add that to sense 7 UI ,and boom sound they have a good foundation. Downside to HTC... The M9 is a sad phone to even try and market. The M9+ should have been the focus of the company. That is the phone that could have taken a bite out of Samsung, and Apple. Then they do not even bring the M9+ to the Americas. Another bad fail. Now to put adds on Blinkfeed is going to push users away. HTC promotions on it would be cool to see new and upcoming products, but 3rd party apps is a huge no-no.
posted on May 11, 2015, 6:48 AM 1
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