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Features is not yet triggered, presumably may be turned on shortly

A teardown of the upcoming update to Gmail for Android -- Gmail 4.6 -- revealed numerous confirmations that ads lay lurking in the update from Google Inc. (GOOG), as well as showcasing some welcome improvements.

Notably Android Police found strings, 8 classes, and even a full library with "Ad" in their names in the Gmail APK.  A big question left unanswered by the teardown is whether the feature will harass users with fake email ads, a feature added in a recent controversial update to the desktop browser client, or simply ad normal banner ads like those found in many free (ad-supported) Android games.

The Droid Guy is claiming the changelog for Gmail 4.6 hints that the new mobile ads will be in the form of email spam.

Gmail 4.6 Gmail unsent Gmail 4.6
Gmail 4.6 [Image Source: Android Police]
 

The update does bring some welcome changes in a heavy overhaul to the Gmail card, including a warning about unset messages, new icons for contacts you don't have a picture of (a stylish letter from their first initial), and darker UI icons.

Gmail 4.6 Gmail auto picture
left: Before the autopicture; right: After the update. [Image Source: Android Police]

The reviewers were indifferent or perhaps slightly negative on the decision to do away with the "cancel" button in the email "send" dialogue, which now requires you to press the "back" button (beneath the screen) to cancel.

Most Android users should get the tile "upgrade" sometime later this week, bringing their freeloading mobile Gmail days to an end.

Sources: Android Police, The Droid Guy



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RE: Just another reason
By Roffles on 9/30/2013 6:00:09 PM , Rating: 1
the problem i'm having with this news is the limited screen size of phones and most tablets... advertisements can only be a negative here. now that ad blockers have been banned from the android market, this seems like the gradual progression of google trying to shove advertisements down our throats.

surely google understands some of us HATE ads enough to root our devices and remove them? so adding advertisements to a core application seems like deliberately stepping on toes. keep in mind that a personal e-mail address is what most people use to manager their lives. i will probably find myself annoyed to the point of dropping the platform if i'm nagged by advertisements when mentally digesting my receipts, bills, family news, business decisions, social calls etcetera. it's just not the right platform for advertisements. bad move google, bad move if it's true.


RE: Just another reason
By ERROR666 on 9/30/2013 6:17:49 PM , Rating: 2
if you're smart enough to root your device you're probably smart enough to download adaway even if it's not in googlePlay. Or use something like LuckyPatcher to get rid of ads on application level.
I'm not saying that ads are good to have. I'm just saying that there are ways to deal with the problem and the fact that google removed ad blockers from the market means nothing.

I would like to drop google and gmail just because of the security risks, but unfortunately I don't see any alternatives. Using android without using google is nonsense.


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