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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Is there actually a good alternative?
by rklrkl on Sun 29th Sep 2013 07:47 UTC
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A while back, I went around all the free e-mail clients on Android and was distinctly unimpressed with all of them (they all had annoyances that couldn't be configured away, which is usually the strength of Android apps).

I'm wondering if a Gmail apk of the last non-ad version can be extracted and used to keep ad-free (mind you, I also run Adblock Plus on Android, so it'll be interesting to see if that blocks the ads.

I did a similar thing with Google Currents - I have a pre-Dec 2012 apk with the old design of GC which is so much better than the latest GC (which frankly has an appalling UI) and I install that on my devices instead.

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