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

Edited 2013-09-28 23:43 UTC

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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[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
by moondevil on Sun 29th Sep 2013 05:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar"
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2005-07-08

When at home, or via a private laptop I tend to use Thunderbird with IMAP access.

The web interface is only when at work, or some cyber-cafe when travelling.

However it wouldn't surprise me, if Google disables it.

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RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
by B.Jay on Sun 29th Sep 2013 21:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar"
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2011-01-01

This is what I fear will happen.


I'm glad to see I'm not the only that is worried about a possible IMAP access riddance.

I don't know what I'll do when they inevitably disable IMAP access. I wonder how many Gmail users actually use IMAP?


I also have no idea about what to do IF they decide to pull the plug on IMAP. It doesn't look entirely unlikely that it could happen.

Anyway, since Google released the new Gmail editor (for me it was before they came up with the "Tabs") I switched over to IMAP on the desktop - still using the Gmail app on Android with that useless "Tabs" turned off because I miss lots of email notifications if that crap is turned on.

I almost never use gmail.com and therefore I never click on their ads...


I used the browser-based Gmail frontend, on the desktop, since "Day 1" up to the "betterfication" of the editor just because Thunderbird wasn't quite there back in the days.

As for the "clicking on ads": What ads? ;)
I simply banned them off the screen by using a custom ABP rule simply because I never came across any useful ad at all.

On a second thought (didn't read the whole comments yet, so please forgive me if it already got mentioned): Maildroid (Payware app) is also quite great on Android.

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RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Andre on Mon 30th Sep 2013 17:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar"
Andre Member since:
2005-07-06

If that happens I say "bye bye google!"

I've heard Outlook.com recently added IMAP. So there are alternatives if one wants a "free" email address with IMAP support.

And basically, the fact Microsoft has added IMAP would make it an illogical move for Google to remove it from their service, as that could cause a move of their users to the competitor.

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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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