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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 10/2/2013 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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