Samsung Smartphone Users to Get Ad-free Experience from Pre-installed Apps

Samsung has finally decided to remove advertisements from its pre-installed apps available on Galaxy phones. This means the default apps like Samsung Weather and Samsung Pay will no longer show ads due to an update.   

Confirming the news, in a statement, the South Korean tech giant said, “Samsung has made a decision to cease the advertisement on proprietary apps including Samsung Weather, Samsung Pay, and Samsung Theme.”    

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The move came after last year consumers on Reddit raised concerns about the unwanted promotional content that has been shown despite spending thousands of rupees on premium phones. Some users shared screenshots to emphasise that Samsung showed ads of various sizes. They are text-based ads and the ones with images covering about a third of the screen.    

Like some Chinese competitors, including Xiaomi, Samsung serves ads on its smartphones, including the high-end models like the Galaxy S21 Ultra. So, the purpose of removing ads from Samsung’s pre-loaded apps is to improve user experience on Samsung Galaxy phones.   

During an internal town hall meeting, TM Roh, Samsung’s mobile chief, said that the company decided to get rid of ads from its native apps, which will be effective later in 2021, reported South Korean news agency Yonhap.    

As per a report by Maeil Business News, the ads would be removed via One UI software updates. However, it remains hazy whether this will occur in the next big update or further down the line. The Mobile chief didn’t clear if this change will be confined to Korea or if it will be available in global markets.   

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