Why does Gmail app has ads?

Amazon lddy
Dec 18, 2018 22 Comments

Recently switched to an Android from an iPhone. First time trying the Gmail app. Why the fuck does it have ads. Love the customization on the new phone though.
I like Google products but just stop selling me ads. Is there an email app on Android which will not have ads?
I think for emails there should be a native app without ads .. I really thought Gmail would not have ads.. but may be on browser I do not see them due to adblock.
Is there any alternative?
Another thing I noticed was some apps requiring permissions on things they don't need access to? Never faced this on iPhone.

Update: New found love for Apple.. will be switching back soon. I just wonder why people are ok with phone OS selling them ads.
PS : previously worked in Google and loved it there. The people are really smart there. This post just a reaction on user privacy on using an Android phone.

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TOP 22 Comments
  • Salesforce Heimer
    They let you use Gmail for free in exchange for showing you ads. Why is this hard to figure out?
    Dec 18, 2018 2
    • Amazon lddy
      OP
      Was not experiencing this before on an iPhone. Just comparing the first impression of the new phone. I get it that free apps can definitely sell ads.. but was not expecting from something as basic as emails.
      Dec 18, 2018
    • OpenTable Meliodas
      Where have you been? This has been gmail’s model since day one.
      Dec 19, 2018
  • Tableau Zero Cool
    Gmail on Android has no ads. Wtf did you download?
    Dec 18, 2018 2
    • Amazon lddy
      OP
      Are you using some kind of adblock? If so, please tell me. It's a new phone and the app came pre-downloaded. I see ads on the top of every folder as an email.. and that's just annoying.
      Dec 18, 2018
    • Tableau Zero Cool
      Which phone did you buy 😂?
      No adblock, just whoever is making those phones is pushing a bunch of shit on it
      Dec 18, 2018
  • Facebook aPrQ76
    I love all the products on Amazon but why the fuck do they charge me for it?
    Dec 18, 2018 1
    • Amazon lddy
      OP
      I wonder that too. Why the fuck do I have to pay for it. But on a serious note, I posted it coz I noticed something really different on this phone. There are ads even on native apps. May be I am naive about this. But think about how you would feel when you started seeing ads when opening the settings of your phone. From my perspective email was like a native app that should not have ads.
      Dec 18, 2018
  • Wells Fargo techgeeksf
    Gmail App on my Galaxy has no ads
    Dec 18, 2018 1
    • Amazon lddy
      OP
      Hmm.. interesting.. may be you just have to pay a premium to not see ads. Will try a galaxy next time. I wonder if either Samsung has a deal with Google or the customized OS developed by Samsung takes care of it.
      Dec 18, 2018
  • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay
    Why does Amazon have so many ads. “Can you feel it?”
    Dec 18, 2018 3
    • Amazon lddy
      OP
      But, you go on Amazon to buy something.. that seems like an appropriate place to sell ads.. don't get me wrong, I don't like ANY ads. But an email app does not seem like the right place to put adds. And that too on a native app. I was just comparing the experience of using an Android vs an iPhone.
      Dec 18, 2018
    • Lyft crossfire
      OP, why does fire TV, a paid product have ads?
      Dec 18, 2018
    • Amazon lddy
      OP
      Ohh.. don't own a fire TV, didn't know that. And it shouldn't have ads on it, at least on it's own apps.
      Dec 18, 2018
  • Google / Eng jwjshvyrja
    I believe the ads are only in your promo tab. Isn't that what promo tab is for?
    Dec 18, 2018 1
    • Amazon lddy
      OP
      I am seeing ads on the promotion and social tabs right now. But I think I saw it on the primary tab as well. Just getting confused by seeing ads everywhere.. definitely not experienced it on iPhone. But why would you want to show ads as an email.. to trick people? I know it clearly states that it's an ad, but a lot of old folks like my parents could easily fall for it as an email.
      Dec 18, 2018
  • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay
    English?
    Dec 18, 2018 1
    • Amazon lddy
      OP
      What did you not understand? In simple words for you, Gmail app is selling me ads... and I don't like it 😀
      Dec 18, 2018
  • Nordstrom
    ssadab

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    ssadabmore
    Use Outlook app from Microsoft. It's just another email client and supports Gmail POP/IMAP. It's pretty good and will have no ads.
    Dec 18, 2018 0
  • Google / Eng
    ywfB31

    Google Eng

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    The short and easy answer is that we, engineers working on this software, need to eat. Food costs money and we need to get money from somewhere.

    There is no such thing as a truly free commercial product. You either get ads, give away your privacy, give away your personal information or all of the above.

    If your app or service is paid, you can probably get away from ads (say, YouTube premium). If it's not, you agree to see the ads or give away your data. This is why you should read the EULA. It's the simple.
    Dec 19, 2018 0
  • New / Design
    keyg

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    keygmore
    Which phone did you buy?
    Dec 18, 2018 0
  • Google / Eng catburglar
    I have never seen ads on gmail Android
    Dec 18, 2018 0