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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.

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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 jeepga on 9/30/2013 11:58:03 PM , Rating: 1
I get really good results from Bing for my search.

I used to do both Bing and Google at the same time. But, after a while I was satisfied with the consistently good results from Bing. Occasionally, I'm not and I do a Google search, but rarely do I get anything better. But even then I don't have to logon to do search and I use Tracking Protection in my browser with "Stop Google Tracking" rules.

RE: Just another reason
By coburn_c on 10/1/2013 1:27:58 AM , Rating: 2
I don't get good results from bing. Quick product searches, media info, etc. just don't return the usable results I am used to from google. I don't know if it's their personalization or what, but it always returns just the site I want for the category I search, and up top. Although the recent replacing of wikipedia side box results with google+ nonsense is annoying.

RE: Just another reason
By StevoLincolnite on 10/1/2013 6:47:36 AM , Rating: 2
Years ago, Google used to be excellent.

For example if you were to google some obscure piece of computer hardware that wasn't really common, you were almost guaranteed to get what you want.

Fast forward to today and most of the results you get are from shopping sites.
Granted you can remove those searches by adding "-shopping -buy -store -shop" etc' after your search phrases, but it's a pain and not guaranteed to remove the shopping spam that plagues searches.

RE: Just another reason
By Reclaimer77 on 10/1/2013 1:57:41 PM , Rating: 1
Sounds like you just don't know how to Google properly. You should be adding a suffix to the end of your search to be more specific, like "review" or "statistics" or "opinion".

Google uses algorithms, it's not psychic.

You got less "shopping spam" in the past because people didn't shop as much online in the past. Now those shopping sites are becoming more relevant, and relevance is a big part of Google's algorithms, so you get more shopping results.

RE: Just another reason
By Flunk on 10/1/2013 7:56:42 AM , Rating: 2
It really depends on what you're looking for. I normally use Google but if that fails I give Bing a shot and it quite often works. They're both fairly good but the algorithms seen quite different.

RE: Just another reason
By ClownPuncher on 10/1/2013 3:09:46 PM , Rating: 2
I can pretty much always find everything I search for on either. The idea that there are so many search engine fanboys out there is incredibly confusing. People actually use it as a status symbol. You will be widely ridiculed based on your browser or search engine choices.

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