KitKat dialer could show ads

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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62 Comments

24. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

35. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

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

38. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

51. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

44. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

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

9. LordCaedus

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

Just another reason to switch to Windows Phone.

15. SAYED-EJAZ

Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

What you know about android ????

18. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

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

21. LordCaedus

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 01, 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.

53. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

50. Sauce unregistered

Whats a Windows Phone? LOL

57. SleepingOz unregistered

Nice joke buddy, nice one..

14. rabidhunter

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

16. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

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

20. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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....

28. MrsPotatoHead

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 18, 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.

33. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

37. MrsPotatoHead

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 18, 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!

19. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 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.

23. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

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

25. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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)

27. lifeyourlive

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

34. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 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

36. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

one word..... Adaway

39. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

43. ZombieHunter

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

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

46. alan_1230

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

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

49. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 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.

52. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 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.

54. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

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