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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RE: your own mail
by rklrkl on Sun 29th Sep 2013 09:22 UTC in reply to "your own mail"
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There are quite a few reasons why people use Gmail:

* It's free.
* It has a Web interface.
* It has an app to go with it.
* It has a *lot* of free storage.
* It's unlikely to "go away" (e.g. Google go bust, get taken over, renamed etc.).
* High speed/availability due to Google Data Centres.
* You can set up as many accounts as you like if you're so inclined.
* It has pretty good spam filters.
* Supports IMAP should you want to avoid GMail's interface.
* Once you've got a Gmail account (and historically that was the first Google product with registration that most people used prior to Android), the same credentials work with all the other Google properties (especially the Play store if you're on Android).

I suspect the average user isn't going to hunt down a cheap mail hosting deal if they don't want GMail - they're more likely to pick a free mail competitor to GMail (MS, Yahoo etc.).

Edited 2013-09-29 09:23 UTC

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