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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 Reclaimer77 on 10/1/2013 9:31:27 AM , Rating: 1
Granted the article is pretty speculative

If by speculative you mean nearly fictional, you would be right.

This is a pure hatchet job on Google. The bias is pretty clear.

There isn't a single shred of solid evidence to support the premise, not a one. But it's succeeded in getting everyone page-clicking to a frenzy, pitchforks in hand.

If this was a Windows Phone update, the author would be all aflutter over the improvements. Instead here we get a quick blurb about the improvements, which are significant, while continuing the "omg Google is so evil" rhetoric.

RE: Just another reason
By ClownPuncher on 10/1/2013 3:19:04 PM , Rating: 1
Mick is a WP8 fanboy now? I can't even keep up with who likes who, who hates who, and who said what behind that bitches back.

RE: Just another reason
By rsmech on 10/1/2013 10:07:34 PM , Rating: 2
By bias do you mean 2 different sources finding it in the code or bias in that someone would be foolish to think they would implement the same ad technology into their mobile platform they did to their browser platform.

I ser your point, they really are stretching thongs a bit.

All sarcasm aside. Google makes their money off ads. To assume otherwise is foolishness. It's not to say there is anything wrong with Android,it's a very capable mobile os. Just don't kid yourself. Like Facebook Google needs to make money also and this is their core business, collecting info and selling it first and foremost.

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