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

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RE: You're kidding right???
by dpJudas on Sun 29th Sep 2013 02:08 UTC in reply to "You're kidding right???"
dpJudas
Member since:
2009-12-10

Stop the nitpick for once! There's no free lunch!
Somebody works, somebody pays. You want everything for free and no ads? Common...


Last time I checked I paid for my Android phone. So from my point of view I did pay money and I expect an ad-free mail app as part of the bargain.That is what I get if I buy an iPhone or a Windows Phone.

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RE[2]: You're kidding right???
by ichi on Sun 29th Sep 2013 02:50 in reply to "RE: You're kidding right???"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

Last time I checked I paid for my Android phone. So from my point of view I did pay money and I expect an ad-free mail app as part of the bargain.That is what I get if I buy an iPhone or a Windows Phone.


And you get an ad free mail app called "mail".

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RE[3]: You're kidding right???
by Andre on Mon 30th Sep 2013 17:18 in reply to "RE[2]: You're kidding right???"
Andre Member since:
2005-07-06

Which offers access to GMail through the IMAP protocol. And since I use other mail accounts as well, I use this to access my mail. I see no point of using two different apps to read my mail.

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RE[2]: You're kidding right???
by leoplan2 on Sun 29th Sep 2013 03:31 in reply to "RE: You're kidding right???"
leoplan2 Member since:
2011-10-23

Tell that to Microsoft. You bought a Windows 8 license or a Windows 8 machine and you have ads even on stock apps ...

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RE[2]: You're kidding right???
by leos on Sun 29th Sep 2013 03:43 in reply to "RE: You're kidding right???"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

"Stop the nitpick for once! There's no free lunch!
Somebody works, somebody pays. You want everything for free and no ads? Common...


Last time I checked I paid for my Android phone. So from my point of view I did pay money and I expect an ad-free mail app as part of the bargain.That is what I get if I buy an iPhone or a Windows Phone.
"

Yes but you paid less. Apple makes their profit on hardware. Their business depends on high user satisfaction, so that people will be willing to pay a premium for the devices. There is no need (and in fact would be counterproductive) to put advertising into core apps because that would drive people away from the platform.

Google makes money on advertising. After all, how much money could they possibly be making by selling something like the Nexus 4 for $200? So you buy the hardware, but you are only covering their costs. They make money from you in retrospect with advertising.

Edited 2013-09-29 03:44 UTC

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RE[2]: You're kidding right???
by JAlexoid on Sun 29th Sep 2013 11:49 in reply to "RE: You're kidding right???"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

GMail is not just an app... it's a service that you have probably have not paid for.

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