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?

Alternatives?

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RE[3]: Comment by Soulbender
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 29th Sep 2013 08:06 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Soulbender"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

I pay for my phone. Android Gmail is part of that.

I doubt your phone was free.

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RE[4]: Comment by Soulbender
by Soulbender on Sun 29th Sep 2013 10:03 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Soulbender"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

You pay for your phone, not for gmail. Android's free ya know.
You could say that I paid for my computer and internet access and osnews is part of that so why should i see ads?

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Except, that's not the case. OSNews is not installed on your phone. It is not part of your internet connection.

You'll have to come up with better argument than this.

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RE[5]: Comment by Soulbender
by Ithamar on Sun 29th Sep 2013 10:44 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Soulbender"
Ithamar Member since:
2006-03-20

You pay for your phone, not for gmail. Android's free ya know.


Yes, up to a point. Ever installed a clean AOSP build? No Gmail app in there, and if you want to ship the Google Apps with your build, you go through an extended vetting, of which the requirements are non-public, so we do no even know if Android *with* Google app is free...

Not even going to the FSF definition of free, which it will never be...

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RE[4]: Comment by Soulbender
by JAlexoid on Sun 29th Sep 2013 11:52 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Soulbender"
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2009-05-19

You pay for GMail the service by paying for your phone!?!?!

GMail the app is free and is available to be installed on non-certified releases(see Cyanogen)

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RE[5]: Comment by Soulbender
by dpJudas on Sun 29th Sep 2013 13:30 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Soulbender"
dpJudas Member since:
2009-12-10

You pay for GMail the service by paying for your phone!?!?!

Yes, I do. In particular the mail app itself as it was pre-installed on my phone.

My Galaxy S2 was bought for $500. How the money was distributed is none of my problem. That is between Samsung, Google and the store where I bought it.

As part of that money exchange I have come to expect the pre-installed software to be ad-free, and some amount of free services included for a reasonable time period. This is what the competition has offered for decades now. If Google is not willing to offer me ad-free software I just might take my money elsewhere the next time!

GMail the app is free and is available to be installed on non-certified releases(see Cyanogen)

Completely irrelevant. As a typical end-user might reply: what the hell is Cyanogen? I bought my phone at *insert store name here* and it is a Samsung!

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Gmail App and Gmail itself are like the rest of Google and is paid by the ads that they put into the interface and the information they harvest.

It isn't free and tbh I think it is surprising that it didn't already have ads in the Gmail App.

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RE[4]: Comment by Soulbender
by Radio on Sun 29th Sep 2013 15:06 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Soulbender"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

I paid for my TV. I pay taxes for owning a TV. I pay for cable TV. And I am still seeing ads. And even if channels were ad-free, as soon as you see a sporting event you see ads. O the horror!

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RE[5]: Comment by Soulbender
by Soulbender on Sun 29th Sep 2013 15:24 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Soulbender"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

and in some cases this is a lot worse than ads in an app on your phone. Like those huge-ass billboards that lines roads and runs the landscape.

Edited 2013-09-29 15:24 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by Soulbender
by leos on Sun 29th Sep 2013 17:19 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Soulbender"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

I pay for my phone. Android Gmail is part of that.

I doubt your phone was free.


C'mon Thom. You understand the advertising model.
You have paid for your phone, and you can reasonably expect that you won't see an ad on the launcher, but you have not paid for the Gmail service, and so you get ads.
That Google would push harder to monetize Android once it took over the market was obvious from the start. Just like Facebook started out with a very clean mobile app free of ads and now they integrate ads into your news feed.

Edited 2013-09-29 17:27 UTC

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