Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Mar 2013 17:56 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Android and iPhone users [...] will also experience BlackBerry's ad content in the form of mobile takeovers starting the week of March 25. Those mobile takeovers will fill your screen with what looks like a BlackBerry 10's, demoing a specific feature like its photo 'Time Shift' capability that allows you to scroll through several captured options for each face in a picture." Yes. BlackBerry is going to run ads that hijack your entire smartphone's display. Sigh.
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RE[2]: And this is why
by darknexus on Mon 25th Mar 2013 12:10 UTC in reply to "RE: And this is why"
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

Ad-ware does not equal freeware! Developers should know the difference and not misrepresent their products.

Oh, they know the difference. What are they going to do though, put a big banner in their app description saying: "Hey, install this so we can feed you ads and I can get money!"?

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RE[3]: And this is why
by Bobthearch on Mon 25th Mar 2013 14:01 in reply to "RE[2]: And this is why"
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

How about simply replacing replacing the word "free" with "Ad Supported," "Trial Version," or whatever is most accurate and honest?

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RE[4]: And this is why
by Nelson on Mon 25th Mar 2013 15:45 in reply to "RE[3]: And this is why"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Do they not show ads in the screen shot? That's usually what I look for to check for ads.

Developers hate ads, but users, especially on Android, hate buying apps. Ad SDKs are ugly, slow, and no dev likes taking up their own real estate with Ads. I always die inside a little whenever an app has to have ads.

Every app is different though and sells different, so ads are usually my last resort. Sometimes hiding functionality behind time trials or feature trials are good enough and an appreciable amount of people convert from trial to full.

The hidden advantage of Advertising is that the payout thresholds are likely lower so you get paid with more regularity. Sometimes app store sales can take time to settle (Credit cards, Mobile carrier billing, etc.) which can delay payment by 2-3 months.

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