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Samsung Will Remove Ads From Its Stock Apps (But Not From Its OS)

Kevin Bonnett / Review Geek

Samsung’s Galaxy phones are pretty great, but if there’s one thing that still annoys owners, it’s the advertisements inside the stock apps. For example, you’ll likely see ads when you use the Samsung Weather, Samsung Pay, or Samsung Theme apps. However, Samsung has confirmed that it will stop showing ads in stock pre-installed apps later this year.

In a statement to The Verge, a company representative said, “Samsung has made a decision to cease the advertisement on proprietary apps. The update will be ready by later this year.”

When you buy a $1,199 phone like the Galaxy S21 Ultra, you don’t want to see the type of ads typically plastered on websites inside some of its most useful apps. But, unfortunately, that’s exactly what Galaxy phone owners have had to endure.

Ads in apps on Galaxy S21
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Thankfully, the company decided that a more enjoyable experience and a clean user interface are more important than the money it earns from these ads. Samsung further went on to say, “We value feedback from our users and continue our commitment to provide them with the best possible experience from our Galaxy products and services.”

It’s worth noting that Samsung’s statement only mentions a few removals, like to the weather app, and doesn’t say anything about Samsung Health and similar apps, not to mention ads in the OS. We’re talking about those occasional notification ads for new Galaxy Phones or Watches. Those will probably continue, but you can head to Settings > Accounts > Samsung Account > Profile > Privacy > Customization Service and disable those too.

It sounds like Samsung will remove ads from the apps shown above through an upcoming One UI software update later this year, likely with a maintenance update or the Android 12 release. Until then, try to ignore all the t-shirt, SiriusXM, eBook, and finance ads currently being displayed.

via The Verge

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Cory Gunther has been writing about phones, Android, cars, and technology in general for over a decade. He's a staff writer for Review Geek covering roundups, EVs, and news. He's previously written for GottaBeMobile, SlashGear, AndroidCentral, and InputMag, and he's written over 9,000 articles. Read Full Bio »