As a refugee from Nokia’s Symbian OS I’m mostly thrilled with all the eye-candy that Android has to offer — except for the ads.
Maybe it’s a cultural (United States?) thing, but I generally find Internet advertising to be quite invasive. I run ad blocking extensions on both Firefox & Google Chrome and, as you may have noticed, there are no ads on this site.
I’m currently testing a system-wide ad blocker for Android that shows a lot of promise — it basically works by blocking a data connection to user-specified apps. There’s another free solution for non-rooted handsets here.
While I busy myself with that, kindly permit me to present my personal Android advert hall of shame. Click any of the screen grabs below to witness them in their hi-res hideous glory…
I suppose I can endure the blight of advertising for a free game, at least if it’s a good one. A lot of work undoubtedly goes into making them, and I’m not sure my finger-eye coordination (or lack thereof) could be monetized any other way.
The talented folks behind Bonsai Blast do ads right — you only see them on game menus and in between levels. And a good thing, that… they’re huge.
Moving beyond games, AppBrain loads ads onto the main menu of their offering. I find this a bit greedy, as they already know pretty much everything I’ve installed on my handset and also who my Android-using friends are. Surely they could translate that into the cash they need?
Ok, ads in a file browser? This is getting ridiculous…
There is of course a “pro version” of the ASTRO File Manager, but instead of copying Apple and keeping things simple Google should be including a file manager on Android handsets by default.
I invite all Android users reading this to post their least favourite/most intrusive ads they’ve had to endure in the comments below. And a bonus question: Does anyone ever click on these things?