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They are sent directly to the Promotional folder

Android users have started to see advertisements pop up in their new version of Gmail, as expected, but what may be unexpected is that they're really not that bad.

According to Phandroid, the Gmail 4.6 update for Android offers mobile advertisements for the first time. This isn't a huge surprise, considering reports found code (strings, 8 classes, and even a full library with "Ad" in their names) that suggested advertisements were on the way in the Gmail APK. 

Also, the desktop version of Gmail has had ads since its 2004 launch, so it was inevitable that mobile would eventually get the same treatment. 


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Android users were initially unhappy with this news, as ads tend to be annoying and invasive. But Phandroid reports that the new ad system isn't so bad.

The ads look just like regular emails from major companies, which many people already receive when they sign up for company updates, coupons, etc. Also, these ads are sent directly to the Promotional category folder, meaning that they won't bombard your personal email folder or pop-up when least expected. If you never look at your Promotional folder, you'll never be bothered. The only headache here may be that you have to delete some extra mail.

Source: Phandroid



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Let me be the first to say
By Dr of crap on 10/7/2013 12:21:43 PM , Rating: 3
ADS of ANY sort are no good. No email, no text, no to ANY kind of ad - THANK YOU.




RE: Let me be the first to say
By espaghetti on 10/7/2013 12:25:40 PM , Rating: 5
You've gotta pay for that kind of action.


RE: Let me be the first to say
By corduroygt on 10/7/2013 6:18:58 PM , Rating: 2
Using Gmail through IMAP with pretty much any client frees you from ads and it's free.


RE: Let me be the first to say
By dani31 on 10/8/2013 3:27:07 AM , Rating: 2
Outlook.com has no ads, and free exchange support.
Google cut their free exchange support, forcing their own Gmail app on other platforms users, to get push support.

I switched my primary email account twice in my life, 9 years ago from Yahoo to Gmail, and this year form Gmail to Outlook.


RE: Let me be the first to say
By MichalT on 10/7/2013 3:42:36 PM , Rating: 2
How evil of them to give you free email and then dare to put an ad in there to justify the effort.


RE: Let me be the first to say
By Samus on 10/7/2013 3:45:47 PM , Rating: 1
I think this is actually proper advertising. It isn't trying to "trick" you and its even color-coded, sorted, and low-bandwidth (capped at 32KB, presumably mostly the graphic icon)


RE: Let me be the first to say
By jimbojimbo on 10/7/2013 4:44:10 PM , Rating: 2
Google also has the best targeted advertising I've ever seen. I can't stand sites that repeat the same annoying thing I would never be interested in like The Voice or Jersey anything.


RE: Let me be the first to say
By DT_Reader on 10/7/2013 6:44:24 PM , Rating: 2
That's not the issue. The issue is spending your limited data plan on ads that you don't want. My data plan is for downloading content, not downloading ads.

The sad/ironic truth is that the people who can afford unlimited data plans are the same people who could afford to pay Google for an ad-free Gmail if they'd offer one, while the folks who need free Gmail are the ones with data caps.

The only saving grace is that my Gmail is only for my Android because apparently you can't have an Android without it, and it's so full of spam and crap that I never check it, and would never use it for ordinary correspondence.

Besides, how many large corporations do I need turning all my email over to the NSA? Isn't Comcast, Yahoo!, and Hotmail enough? Why add Google to that mix?


RE: Let me be the first to say
By Reclaimer77 on 10/7/2013 8:37:32 PM , Rating: 1
First off you cannot be seriously making the argument that this is impacting someones data plans.

quote:
The sad/ironic truth is that the people who can afford unlimited data plans are the same people who could afford to pay Google for an ad-free Gmail if they'd offer one, while the folks who need free Gmail are the ones with data caps.


Horrible idea. The idea of paying for email service is a totally foreign concept for most of the public. Nobody would go for that.

quote:
The only saving grace is that my Gmail is only for my Android because apparently you can't have an Android without it


Wrong. You can link any email address to your Google account. You can use any email service you want, and it will sync with your Android devices just fine.


RE: Let me be the first to say
By rsmech on 10/7/2013 7:38:51 PM , Rating: 2
I have email other than Gmail and they don't seem to "dare" give me spam.

All aside the email service isn't the point. It's the "free" OS. It may be worth the price of smartly targeted nicely placed adds. Nothing is free and Android needs money for r&d to keep evolving.


3rd Party
By Flunk on 10/7/2013 12:36:08 PM , Rating: 2
I'm beginning to see a market for 3rd party Mail applications for Android. I may even just res hack a copy for myself in the meantime.




RE: 3rd Party
By sprockkets on 10/7/2013 4:10:48 PM , Rating: 2
It's not as if you can't use any IMAP client for gmail ya know.

And I have yet to see an ad in my promo box. They don't always appear, even on the desktop. If anything, the ads are actually coming up less , not more.


RE: 3rd Party
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/7/2013 4:11:37 PM , Rating: 2
I don't even SEE a promo box...


RE: 3rd Party
By sprockkets on 10/7/2013 4:46:56 PM , Rating: 2
Hit top left hand corner, and it will show your inboxes. My google apps one doesn't have it though.


RE: 3rd Party
By Reclaimer77 on 10/7/2013 5:29:11 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I don't even SEE a promo box...


It's not displayed by default in Android, and it doesn't trigger a notification event when mail is sent to the Promotions box using default settings.

Basically this doesn't impact anybody because 99% of all Android users will never notice the change anyway.


RE: 3rd Party
By DT_Reader on 10/7/2013 6:45:36 PM , Rating: 2
Unless the ads push you over your data cap...


RE: 3rd Party
By Reclaimer77 on 10/7/2013 9:09:25 PM , Rating: 2
Do you know how small an Email is? I doubt they are going to spam you with literally hundreds of emails a day!

Enough with your data cap nonsense.


RE: 3rd Party
By sprockkets on 10/7/2013 10:30:55 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, because people today go over their data caps due to text emails, let alone one or two line of text that doesn't even break 50 bytes.


RE: 3rd Party
By TakinYourPoints on 10/9/2013 6:17:48 AM , Rating: 2
Text ads aren't going to do a thing to your data usage. To say that it wouldn't make a dent is overstating things, the difference is pretty much non-existent.

The issue is whether including ads in mobile GMail is right or not. Data usage is not a factor.


Pretty Much What I Expected
By ChronoReverse on 10/7/2013 11:55:25 AM , Rating: 5
When Google added the promotions tab I figured this was how they would put in ads while keeping it unobtrusive.

Incidentally, the promotions tab is great because I really never have to look at them.




Did anybody expect less?
By augiem on 10/7/2013 4:38:08 PM , Rating: 2
Is this surprising to anyone that the ads are starting to become more and more pervasive as they reach a certain marketshare? It's just a fundamental problem with the advertiser-supported model. Businesses MUST continually grow and grow and grow...that's what everyone teaches/believes anyway. Google is the biggest advertising company on earth and it has been for a long time. In order to keep growing they have to sell more product than last year and in their case, that product is advertisements. Their OS is "free", all their services are "free", they're blowing money now on stuff like Nexus to grow marketshare and gain more eyeballs. You think its annoying now? Just wait, there's far more to come. This is the new age where we don't pay for anything anymore. You reap what you sow.




RE: Did anybody expect less?
By DT_Reader on 10/7/2013 6:48:14 PM , Rating: 2
Businesses must grow? When was the last time you saw an X-10 ad? I don't think they're growing anymore. I think their efforts at spamming the internet helped them stop growing. X-10 would make an interesting case study in internet advertizing (if it hasn't already).


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