Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Sep 2013 23:03 UTC
Google

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?

Alternatives?

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Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Sat 28th Sep 2013 23:32 UTC
Drumhellar
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2005-07-12

Alternatives?


Any IMAP capable email client ought to work, such as what's found on Windows Phone ;)

Edited 2013-09-28 23:32 UTC

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by B.Jay on Sat 28th Sep 2013 23:41 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
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2011-01-01

^-- This! Install something like K-9 Mail (OpenSource, Freeware, available from the Play Store) and access Gmail via IMAP (for as long as Google doesn't decide to pull the plug on IMAP because it won't annoy us with 'precious' ads).


On another note:

That somehow is now only just the next "let's totally wreck the user experience" incident in Google's ongoing mission to rid themselves of the little-to-less reputation they still have.

First they went after "Talk" and replaced it with "Hangouts" (which is still totally unusable even in its latest release version) because XMPP/Jabber seems to be too good for us.

Then they wrecked the "Maps" UI with version 7.x.x.

Then they came up with the Gmail app which sorts into categories - and at the same go wrecked the Gmail web interface with the tabs and the new editor.

Now it seems we well better prepare for ad-ware infested Google apps on our Androids.

Seriously Google?

I guess with the stable release of CM10.2 for my device I'll skip the GApps altogether - Google is on a fast downhill slope IMO.

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by sb56637 on Sun 29th Sep 2013 01:02 in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
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2006-05-11

[...]access Gmail via IMAP (for as long as Google doesn't decide to pull the plug on IMAP because it won't annoy us with 'precious' ads).


This is what I fear will happen. I don't know what I'll do when they inevitably disable IMAP access. I wonder how many Gmail users actually use IMAP? I almost never use gmail.com and therefore I never click on their ads...

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by ezraz on Mon 30th Sep 2013 13:25 in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
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2012-06-20


First they went after "Talk" and replaced it with "Hangouts" (which is still totally unusable even in its latest release version) because XMPP/Jabber seems to be too good for us.

Now it seems we well better prepare for ad-ware infested Google apps on our Androids.

Seriously Google?




1 - We use hangouts just about every day, have our dev meeting with 6-12 people spread around the world, and works like a charm. Cross-platform, quick, and free. No complaints here.

2 - Google is an advertising company. Google is an advertising company. Google is an advertising company. How many times can people ignore this? Android is just another advertising platform that is also a mobile OS, similar to a browser add-on. That's why there is so much extra, buggy crap installed by every brand maker.

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by Dr-ROX on Sat 28th Sep 2013 23:44 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
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2006-01-03

k9mail for Android looks best for me and I'm using it for all my emails. Just use the latest versions from their website https://code.google.com/p/k9mail/downloads/list or better use Fdroid open source application store. They tend to provide latest versions. k9mail on Google Play is usually outdated.

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by B.Jay on Sat 28th Sep 2013 23:48 in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
B.Jay Member since:
2011-01-01

They tend to provide latest versions. k9mail on Google Play is usually outdated.


That is not correct.

The K-9 Mail app published on the Play Store is the latest _STABLE_ version of the app. On Google Code you can download any development release to play around with.

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by lemur2 on Sun 29th Sep 2013 08:08 in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

k9mail for Android looks best for me and I'm using it for all my emails. Just use the latest versions from their website https://code.google.com/p/k9mail/downloads/list or better use Fdroid open source application store. They tend to provide latest versions. k9mail on Google Play is usually outdated.


Link for K-9 Mail on F-Droid:

https://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdfilter=email&fdid=com.fsck....

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by riha on Mon 30th Sep 2013 15:53 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
riha Member since:
2006-01-24

The Mail app in iOS works fine as well, hmm, cannot find it in Google AppStore, what a shame ;-)

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by bassbeast on Tue 1st Oct 2013 07:28 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Don't use Gmail or other Google software products on your Android?

I really don't know why more folks don't walk away from these companies when they start sticking it to ya, I too have an Android phone but after Google changed their privacy policy and start bugging me to tie everything into my Real-ID, even something as simple as watching a YouTube video? I deleted my Gmail info from my android phone, disabled sync, and started using the Yahoo Mail app instead.

As long as you come up with "work arounds" instead of refusing to be jerked around? These companies will continue to act like jerks. if you and many others just start using IMAP how long do you really think that IMAP will be allowed for "non premium" customers? After all you WILL take the abuse, you show them that by refusing to stop using their mail service, so why should they care whether you like it or not?

If Google wants to act like jerks and slam me with ads so they can pump up their quarterly earnings? While I may have no choice but to use an android phone (Both Apple and MSFT are trying to out do each other in lock in) that does NOT mean I have to use Google software on it! I am using Yahoo Mail, using Dolphin browser, using Bing search, the only Google software I use on my android besides the OS is Google Play and that I use sparingly. If you don't walk away when they treat you badly why should they stop doing so?

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