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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Not paying with cash
by Fishbowler on Wed 21st Mar 2012 12:09 UTC
Fishbowler
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2012-03-21

If I buy an app from the market, I pay with cash for the functionality the developer has taken the time to develop.

When I "buy" a free app, I'm paying with the inconvenience of viewing adverts for the same functionality they've taken the time to develop.

If you block the adverts, I can't see any sizeable distinction that doesn't make this theft.

A opposition to adverts or the extra resources they drain is akin to an opposition to goldfish and the time & resources they require to keep alive - if you don't like goldfish, only buy the tanks that don't have any in.

Yes, I know that's a crap analogy, but you knew there were ads when you downloaded the app. Downloading it under the knowledge that your ad blocker will "negate that payment" is the same as my pockets "negating that payment" in the local shop.

I'm in favour of adverts in general. The more the advertiser knows about me, the more adverts go from irrelevant annoyances to contextually relevant recommendations for things I might actually want whilst simultaneously rewarding the presenter of the recommendation of delivering it to me.

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RE: Not paying with cash
by chmeee on Wed 21st Mar 2012 13:10 in reply to "Not paying with cash"
chmeee Member since:
2006-01-10

Wholeheartedly agree. I haven't yet paid for an app for my android phone, because the ad supported versions are 'sufficient', and oftentimes I end up using the app once or twice in a month, so I can live with the ads. Are ads annoying? Not really, they live at the bottom of the screen and suck up a little bandwidth periodically, it's not a big deal. If I do end up using apps more frequently, I'll reconsider the ad versions (hey, the market at work!). But I will not block ads in apps.

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