Android's Latest Gmail Update Comes Stuffed With Ad Spam
September 30, 2013 4:24 PM
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Features is not yet triggered, presumably may be turned on shortly
A teardown of the upcoming
update to Gmail
-- Gmail 4.6 -- revealed numerous confirmations that ads lay lurking in the update from Google Inc. (
), as well as showcasing some welcome improvements.
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
the changelog for Gmail 4.6 hints that the new mobile ads will be in the form of email spam.
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.
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.
The Droid Guy
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RE: Just another reason
10/1/2013 6:47:36 AM
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
10/1/2013 1:57:41 PM
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.
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