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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by larrys3255, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. larrys3255

    larrys3255 Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I really like my Evo but I find that some apps have banner adds at the bottom. The apps that do this include Astro, Stocks, Currency, Advanced Task manager Pro, AppBrain. The adds have written: "Adds by AdMob". How did I get these or is this normal? The adds really bother me, especially the religious ones. :mad:


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  2. lexluthor

    lexluthor Android Expert

    It's normal. That's one way developers make money.

    Some developers have a separate version of their programs that you can pay for and have no ads.

    Don't like it, don't use those programs or buy the premium version.

    Well...or root your phone and use AdFree.
  3. larrys3255

    larrys3255 Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the info. Adds are a deal breaker for me. I am removing any apps that have adds. What is "root your phone"?
  4. TheSultan

    TheSultan Android Expert

    +1 for the root!

    However , if you need to ask what it is, you probably shouldn't be doing it without a LOT of research first!
  5. wolfgangem

    wolfgangem Lurker

    I am unable to use the <phone, voice mail> button. I get the little android and an AdMob. I understand not doing a "root" adjustment. And Im not that savy, but is there a way to tell what apps have the ads attached. I dont mind paying for apps if they will not have ads
  6. wolfgangem

    wolfgangem Lurker

    Additional question, will deleting the app get rid of the ads, or is it in the root forever
  7. Bswartz95

    Bswartz95 Android Expert

    Adfree Android is amazing. I just rooted and will now use the Scorecenter app again. The ads made it so laggy.

    I know with my phone, rooting it was a breeze. There are some good tutorials out there.
  8. Squiggy

    Squiggy Android Enthusiast

    Darn addvertising makes me crazzy.
  9. Super Noob

    Super Noob Well-Known Member

    Too bad some don't want to thank the devs for there hard work by circumventing their ad-income. There are many, many threads on here about how come the apps on the Android are not as great as the ones on the iPhone.

    What is the incentive for them to create better apps if users can not only pirate there apps, but can also bypass the adds in the free versions?
  10. ari-free

    ari-free Android Expert

    I think what people really want are just better ads. Most of the ads are for crap nobody is interested in. But show me a droid or samsung ad? whoo good stuff!
  11. cameo24

    cameo24 Newbie

    I'm developing Android apps to get paid. It's not a charity. Why don't you go out and make your own app if you hate ads so much.

    Google doesn't allow Canadians to sell apps, so I have to include ads to make money. I try to put them out of the way near the bottom.

    As for quality I am using Google Adsense for mobile because they have professional ads by big companies. Admob or Mobclix have shitty ads, they look shitty and most are scams or the stupid send us your cell number and recieve daily horoscopes...

    So if Google got their ass in gear, and opened the Market up in Canada, I would have 2 versions of my apps. Free ad supported or Paid with no ads.
  12. Super Noob

    Super Noob Well-Known Member

    Kudos and good luck!
  13. hrbib21

    hrbib21 Android Expert

  14. brent3600

    brent3600 Lurker

    I have a similar question. I find the ads, especially from AdMob, very annoying. I will happily pay for apps I find useful, as I have done with previous smartphones. Here's my problem: I'm just setting up my Droid 2, and I have lots of apps on it at the moment. I'm a total newbie to Android, so I may not know something obvious. Is there a way to tell which apps are producing the ads I see on the phone? If I can associate the ads with the apps, then I can decide which to pay for, which to uninstall, and which to tolerate. Right now there's no way to tell. Suggestions?
  15. DenverRalphy

    DenverRalphy Android Enthusiast

    The Ads in Android apps don't bother me so much...

    IMHO, I think most people scream about the ads simply because there's a stigma held over from the intrusive annoying ads you see all over the web. That's not the case with Android. There's no click-through requirements to use the apps, they don't make loud annoying noises, there's no "Wait 15 seconds for ad to finish" requirements, etc...

    Myself personally, I couldn't care less. The ads are a small little banner at the bottom of each app that has them, and I can honestly say I can't name a single specific ad that has popped up. I barely notice them even being there.

    And too... anybody who walks into the Android OS, fully aware that it's a Google product, should not be surprised to see ads.
  16. brent3600

    brent3600 Lurker


    All the points you make are valid, and I understand your point of view. But I still see it differently. I'm looking for a technical answer.

    I'd like to think I have a choice about the ads, and I'd still like to know if there's a way to get rid of them. If ads are an inherent part of Android, then I have a bigger problem. But I don't know that to be the case. My impression is that I'm seeing ads only because of my app choices. Is that not correct?

    If my understanding is correct, I should be able to get rid of the ads by choosing one of the following courses of action for each app. Pay for the ad-free version (if there is one), uninstall the app, or choose to tolerate the ads.

    I could look up each of the apps I have on Android Market and see if it contains ads, but that's a lot of work that I would just as soon avoid. Besides, I'm not confident that information is always correct.

    So what I'd like is a tool to help me find out which of my installed apps are producing ads, so I can choose what to do. Is there such a tool out there? Does anyone have a recommendation for a tool or another approach to this problem?
  17. tillymarigold

    tillymarigold Lurker

    I think people are confused by your question. If you look either in the app itself, or at the screenshot in Android Market, it should be perfectly obvious at a glance if there's an ad on the screen or not. So I'm not sure why you'd need to know "which apps are producing ads." I understand not liking ads, but are you saying that you don't even want to look at the app to see if it has ads or not before uninstalling it?

    Are you talking about having ads appear randomly on your phone when you're not using an app? That is, you're not asking about the text ads that appear at the top or bottom of the screen when you're actually looking at an app; you're asking about ads that somehow appear on your screen when you're not using an app?
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  18. brent3600

    brent3600 Lurker


    Thanks for the thoughtful reply. You may have set me on the right path.

    If I understand you correctly, you're saying that ads are only shown by the app that is "up" on my screen. I.e., the active app is always responsible for an ad I'm seeing. I.e., if I uninstall that app, then I get rid of that source of ads. Do I understand this correctly?

    I had assumed that any app that featured ads could show their ad in multiple contexts. Apparently my problem is much simpler than I had thought.
  19. nvrfgt343

    nvrfgt343 Member

    Correct...the ads are a function of the application being used. There is no such thing as an OS level ad.
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  20. brent3600

    brent3600 Lurker

    nvrfgt343 and tillymarigold,

    Thanks for the thoughtful and useful replies. I consider my question well answered.

    I've gone through the various apps and un-installed the ones with ads, except for a couple with ad-free paid versions, for which I'll buy licenses because they're well worth it.

    I was confused by the fact that I kept seeing exactly the same ads, e.g., "Jenny123 is only .6 miles away!" from AdMob, etc., in many apps. I would see this ad in one, then again in the next one, then no ads in the next one, but then the same ad again in the next one. Apparently, many apps use the same ad services, which gives the impression of the ads having been installed into the operating system. I'm happy to learn this is not the case!

    Thanks again.

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