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- According to reports, Samsung will remove ads from pre-installed Samsung apps.
- TM Roh, the head of mobile, apparently announced the news at a staff meeting.
One of the more annoying practices on smartphones today is that some companies provide advertisements in their Android software. Notable offenders in this regard include Realme, Xiaomi and Samsung. But now, according to reports, the latter company announced a change of mind.
Samsung Mobile Director TM Roh told employees at a “town hall meeting” that the company has decided to remove ads from pre-installed Samsung apps. Daily mail Report.
“We decided to remove ads from basic apps such as Weather, Samsung Pay and Samsung Themes,” Roh said, based on excerpts from machine translation. The comment was apparently in response to employee questions about advertisements in pre-installed apps.
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According to news media reports, Roh stated that these advertisements will be removed through the One UI software update. But it is not clear whether this will happen in the next major update or further offline. There is also no word on whether this change is limited to South Korea or whether it also applies to the global market.
We have contacted Samsung to find out which apps are affected and whether this is a global change. If/when the company responds to us, we will update the story.
Nevertheless, this is definitely a step in the right direction for the company. More than a year ago, we conducted a public opinion survey. At that time, the news of advertisements appeared on One UI for the first time. More than 90% of the interviewed readers said that if Samsung mobile phones had advertisements, they would refuse to buy them. This may not represent ordinary consumers, but it still shows that quite a few people hate this practice.