Friday, 28 July, 2017

HTC keyboard app begins showing ads for some users

HTC 10 is the companies flagship device HTC 10 is the companies flagship device
Frank Williams | 17 July, 2017, 19:44

However, these ads on the HTC 10 keyboard are coming due to their use of a third party keyboard as their default keyboard app. HTC uses "TouchPal for HTC" as their default HTC 10 keyboard app. As per latest reports, the HTC 10 keyboard app has suddenly begun showing ads to users. It also resulted in an apology from HTC, which chalked the ads up to some kind of "error". "We're working to fix the error and remove these as quickly as possible", the tech giant tweeted. It is not unusual for ads to appear on free versions of apps and utilities, though in this case, the app was pre-installed. More worrying, however, is the thought that such an invasive change slipped past HTC or that it allowed it to go through, despite being "not the experience we intended". This is just unethical to the f***ing extreme.

Criticising the software, TouchPal user Selina wrote: "It used to be good but recently ads keep popping up when I'm in the middle of something and it's really inconvenient and annoying". Another user said, " That's actually ridiculous.

Kelly holding women against their will in sex 'cult,' parents claim
Police in IL and Georgia have found nothing illegal about the arrangements, following a series of "goodwill" checks on the women. Kelly's former personal assistant Cheryl Mack described her former boss as "a master at mind control" and "a puppet master".

The company says it won't be showing ads on TouchPal, HTC's built- in keyboard app. However we reckon that there's a time and a place to put ads, and putting ads inside of a smartphone's keyboard definitely does not seem like the best idea.

While it's definitely plausible that this was an innocent error, it has already turned into a PR mess due to the delay in HTC's response. Either way, HTC at least deserves some kudos for publicly addressing the issue and promising a fix. Since the ads are within the keyboard app itself and not any other particular service, you're going to be seeing these banner advertisements throughout most of your Android experience.

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