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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 retrospooty on 10/1/2013 10:35:56 AM , Rating: 3
What Platform exists that you do not have to create an account to load apps? They all have it. Apple, Google, BB, WP, even Palm had it. It HAS to have an account with your info so it knows what apps you bought. Using Gmail is an option. No-one has to use it, but an account needs to exist to operate. There is no way around that on any platform.

Dont like Gmail, dont use it. Plain and simple. Why all the fuss?


RE: Just another reason
By Solandri on 10/1/2013 2:48:38 PM , Rating: 2
I think he's complaining that Google has one account which links so many different things together (android phone, gmail, google docs/calendar, google+, youtube, etc).

While yes that's worse from a privacy standpoint, I think it's the lesser of two evils. Since all these Google services are offered by the same company with the same terms and conditions, I'd rather have one account to login to them all, than a dozen different accounts for each different service. Not only is a single account a lot easier on my password memory, it makes cross-linking services a lot easier. If I tap a phone number in a text message I got on my phone, it can cross-reference my gmail contacts, find the number and person, and let me schedule a calendar appointment with said person, and send him an email confirming my appointment. If all those Google accounts were separate, I'd have to login 3 extra times and manually link those 4 apps together to get that cross-functionality to work.


RE: Just another reason
By Motoman on 10/1/2013 10:18:14 PM , Rating: 2
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What Platform exists that you do not have to create an account to load apps?


Well, Windows for one. Do you need a Microsoft account to use Windows Update? Or to download or otherwise install any kind of application? No?

quote:
It HAS to have an account with your info so it knows what apps you bought


No it doesn't. For one thing, it could just be left up to the user to be the caretaker of their downloads...like in Windows. Secondly...why not let someone use an EXISTING email account they have - regardless of the provider? There's no possible need for a Gmail account if you already have existing email accounts from other services. Just let consumers plug in their existing email address. Done.

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No-one has to use it, but an account needs to exist to operate.


No, it doesn't. Again, Windows. Explain to me how the world has managed to survive for the past 20 years with online updates, downloaded programs, so on and so forth in the Windows environment if there's "no way" for a system to operate without accounts.

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There is no way around that on any platform.


Did I mention Windows? Or for that matter, probably Mac OSs too. Maybe even Linux. Dunno. But for you to even say such a stupid thing is ridiculously terrifying and funny at the same time.


RE: Just another reason
By Reclaimer77 on 10/1/2013 11:17:53 PM , Rating: 2
Windows? If a PC OS is the basis of your argument here, you're more confused than I thought.

quote:
There's no possible need for a Gmail account if you already have existing email accounts from other services. Just let consumers plug in their existing email address. Done.


How many times do people have to tell you? You need a Google account, not a Gmail account. They just throw Gmail in with it. Guess what? You don't even have to set up Gmail. NOBODY is forcing you to use Gmail. Why can't you understand this?

quote:
Secondly...why not let someone use an EXISTING email account they have - regardless of the provider?


Why not at least search for the possibility instead of assuming you can't?

http://lifehacker.com/5877927/how-to-sign-up-for-a...


RE: Just another reason
By retrospooty on 10/2/2013 1:59:15 PM , Rating: 2
"Well, Windows for one. Do you need a Microsoft account to use Windows Update? "

We are talking about mobile OS's here. Not legacy PC stuff with CDROM's.- You do need it for IOS, WP8,Android, BB10, even WebOS... For that matter, even Metro UI on W8 needs it to save your settings and get Metro apps. This is just the way it is. It's not my doing bro.

As for the rest of your post, I dont think you are grasping a few important things here...

#1 - You dont have to use GMAIL at all, ever. You can even uninstall it

#2 - MOBILE OS - look into it. All of your arguments are comparing 20 year old legacy systems against modern mobile OS's and are therefore not comparable. Please, name me a mobile platform that can do this without creating an account.

Even on Windows you cant sync info to the cloud without SOME sort of an account FFS. Think about what you are saying.


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