Sunday , May 27 2018

Gmail ads starting to appear in Android app

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The guys at Android Police found the other day that Google had included something a little extra in the newly released Gmail 4.6 for Android.

Google, well known for displaying ads on its web properties, had included the ability to display ads in the Gmail client on Android as well. It didn’t take long for this framework to start being used it seems. As you can see above, there’s ads now being shown in the Promotions folder for Gmail accounts.

These ads look like email messages, but the color is different and there is a badge marking it as an ad. Ads in the desktop Promotions folder look almost exactly the same.

Android Police’s APK Teardown also revealed a way to save or dismiss ads, but it’s not clear if that is being used yet. If it is, we haven’t seen it yet.

We’re reminded that these ads should only appear at the top of the Promotions folder in Gmail. If you don’t use that folder, the ads should never invade your eyes.

While this isn’t too obtrusive, it’s certainly not a welcome addition.

Source: Android Police.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Well jeez! I never thought this would happen! I hope it stays in promotions only.

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