HTC's BlinkFeed will soon begin testing ads in select markets
posted by Ben R. / Jun 16, 2015, 1:58 PM
Consumers in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, China and HTC's native Taiwan will be among the first to encounter native adverts from within BlinkFeed. The targeted system will show apps relevant to the individual user, and will be streamlined to appear as ordinary stories would within the feed.
Content will be sourced from AdNetworks partners including Yahoo, Twitter and HTC, and will arrive as part of an update that's rolling out as of now. It's only a testing / pilot scheme at the moment, and users can opt out if they wish. But following a successful trial, BlinkFeed ads will begin to trickle out to a wider audience as HTC looks to recover from its recent downturn in fortunes.
The flagship HTC One M9 is one of a number of the company's handsets to include BlinkFeed. Removing it is not quite as simple as uninstalling a regular app, but if you'd like to rid your handset of this add-on, check out our how-to tutorial for relieving your One M9 of BlinkFeed in Sense 7.0.
Regardless, let us know what you think of ads in BlinkFeed by dropping us a comment below.
Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011
Awesome news! I love ads! I have always thought HTC should have included ads in my BlinkFeed. I love the popup ads in my Voicemail app! Keep up the good work HTC!
posted on Jun 16, 2015, 2:09 PM 5
Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014
I hope HTC dies for this. If I pay for a phone I don't want to be bombarded with ads. There is a way to avoid carrier bloatware (international model), but this crap is baked into the stock launcher. My favorite Android OEM is going to crap.
posted on Jun 16, 2015, 2:21 PM 4
Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011
Because when you're struggling financially, have released a lemon for a flagship, and are getting crushed by the competition, the best thing you can do is make your product worse and alienate your user base.
posted on Jun 16, 2015, 2:52 PM 5
Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013
Right.........What the hell did they think this was going to do other than steer people into another device. "Yeah, buy the M9 so it can tell you what to buy". Then they will sell the feature and a advancement in personal tech.
posted on Jun 16, 2015, 3:50 PM 1
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