Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Mar 2012 21:01 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Because I've been spending days browsing through XDA, reading CM changelogs, and flashing nightly builds, I'm still in an Android state of mind, so excuse me for more talk on the subject. An interesting study has been performed which found that advertisements in Android applications are a huge battery drain - they account for up to 75% of an application's battery usage.
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Yes, absolutely
by WorknMan on Tue 20th Mar 2012 21:22 UTC
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2005-11-13

It not only affects battery life, but it affects bandwidth as well, which is a lot more expensive on cellular devices than broadband (at least in the US). Therefore, I think it is perfectly within anyone's right to block ads.

That being said, if there are two versions of an app available - one that's a paid appp and the other one that's infected with adware, I will choose the paid version every time. If you offer me a paid version of an app I want, I will gladly pay for it. If you don't, then you obviously didn't want my money that badly, and my battery life/bandwidth is worth more to me than your desire to make money with obtrusive advertising. Plus, there's no law against blocking ads anyway.

'But what about piracy', you say? Well, what about it? There are apparently APIs (or whatever) that developers can use to work around this problem. But even if not, if you need to earn a living developing apps and can't do so on Android without putting in ads, I'd rather you just not develop apps for Android. That is how much I DON'T want ads in my apps, and the Android Market.... er, Google Play doesn't do a good job of differentiating between apps that are free, and those that are ad-infested.

BTW: To those devs out there that are pushing ads to the notification area, you are kindly advised to eat shit and die.

Edited 2012-03-20 21:25 UTC

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RE: Yes, absolutely
by sagum on Tue 20th Mar 2012 22:12 in reply to "Yes, absolutely"
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2006-01-23

It not only affects battery life, but it affects bandwidth as well, which is a lot more expensive on cellular devices than broadband (at least in the US). Therefore, I think it is perfectly within anyone's right to block ads.


I think in these cases, its to the point where you have to weight up how much its going to cost you in bandwidth and battery power vs the price of the paid for, add-free version of said app.

I do beleive you are within your rights to use your device however you want. That might include blocking internet connections and as a result also includes the blocking of adverts.
However, I don't think you a right to block them based on the face they're using your bandwidth or battery just because you didn't want to pay for the ad-free version. That in itself is a different matter then rights over your device.

I can see where you are coming from, most of the adverts in the apps I use get in the way or distract from it, and I've never seen adverts that are relivent. I've never purposefully clicked an advert but rather miss pressed due to silly locations.

Developers need incentives to keep creating apps we use. For most, its cash, be it paid apps or via adverts.

Unfortunatly, at the moment adverts via 3g and such is how it is and until someone finds a better way to market adverts or other ways to generate incentives or money for them then they're going to be a here to stay.

We're quite lucky that most apps that are ad-paid still work without a active internet connection, if everyone starts to block the adverts then I think we'll see a move towards internet only enabled apps to ensure more adverts are not blocked because the easiest way to block adverts in apps right now is to just turn off data access on the phone until its actually needed.
That itself would save more battery and bandwidth then trying to block adverts and the developer revenue.

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RE[2]: Yes, absolutely
by WorknMan on Tue 20th Mar 2012 22:20 in reply to "RE: Yes, absolutely"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

However, I don't think you a right to block them based on the face they're using your bandwidth or battery just because you didn't want to pay for the ad-free version. That in itself is a different matter then rights over your device.


As I said in my original post, I always choose the paid version if one is available. I'm always happy to pay for quality software. Hell, I've even donated to some free apps when the authors asked nicely. I'm not looking for a free ride here... only requesting that if you want to get paid, offer me a version without ads.

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RE: Yes, absolutely
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 21st Mar 2012 00:05 in reply to "Yes, absolutely"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

LIke many here, I would pay for an app that I used a lot if possible to avoid ads. But, if that's not a possibility, I will block the ads for the data usage. I don't have an unlimited data plan, but a rather limited one that I don't want to exceed. If it were easy to do, I'd allot an app a given amount of bandwidth to use per month, which it could then use to suck up downloading ads.

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