Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Sep 2013 23:03 UTC

So there you have it - ads are very likely going to be part of Gmail soon. After all, it seems almost silly to not monetize a core app with an absolutely massive install base - between 500 million and a billion. I just hope these ads won't be overly intrusive, and from the looks of things, the Gmail team is approaching the situation with care.

Ads on my Android Gmail application? Seriously, Google?


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Ready for a new alternative
by asupcb on Sun 29th Sep 2013 01:49 UTC
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I hope that something else comes along that can challenge Apple, Google, and Microsoft. Hopefully Jolla, Ubuntu/Canonical, or (really long shot) KDE can put up some kind of challenge. Maybe the security aspect can be pushed due to being Open Source and verifiable as not having backdoors. Canonical could become the new Blackberry since they have the beginnings of the underlying application, cloud, and Enterprise support necessary to provide a secure but open environment.

Who knows maybe KDE Plasma Active on OpenBSD could be made to work?

The biggest challenge that I see most of these newcomers facing are the big players obscene patent war chests. Patents need to be done away with; or at the very least software patents.

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