HTC spams One M8 and M9 owners through push notifications

htc fantastic four featured image

Users on Reddit are reporting that HTC, one of the biggest Android OEMs in the world, is spamming them with notifications for the newest Fantastic Four movie. The rub comes from a push notification that has shown up in the notification tray for a new theme that users can download. The theme is directly tied to the new¬†Fantastic Four reboot and even though it’s a theme, its a pretty blatant advertisement with the release date easily seen in two places, even in the thumbnail.

htc fantastic four

Owners of the One smartphone are obviously not too happy about this. Reddit user impersonaljesus, who first reported the issue, posted in the comments that “I paid for my phone and deserve an ad-free experience. HTC has officially lost me as a customer.” Many others chimed in with similar feelings of displeasure with some going as far as rooting their phone and installing a custom ROM to avoid the possibility of this happening in the future.

The ad appears to come from “HTC Sense Home” which is the launcher included on HTC’s phones. Even though people are using third party launchers like Nova Launcher the ad will still show up. ¬†Like most applications in Android you can go into your app settings and turn off notifications from this app but you may miss out on other, actually important, notifications about your phone in the future.

Recently HTC has been struggling financially. The HTC One M9 has not done well, as many users see the improvements made in the phone, not worthy of an upgrade. These advertisements are obviously a way to raise cash but you have to wonder if it’s going to cost HTC in the long run by losing customers.

Source: Reddit

  • dan

    These adds are actuall cool, I have found some new places to eat and order food they work for me and helps HTC, so

  • Trevor

    Great thing about Lollipop… fantastic control over notifications. I got the Fantastic Four theme notification on my M9 but the last time I got a notification about a theme was months ago. It’s hardly “spamming” and, again, you have full control over notifications so… shut’em off if you don’t want to see them. For people who are fans of new movies, they might enjoy the fact that there are movie related themes, as one of the most popular things for peopel to use as wallpapers are images from TV shows, movies, musicians, etc that they’re fans of (along with pets and children, of course). If I was inclined to have family members on my wallpaper and HTC could notify me of new fun pics of them, I’d enjoy that. And really, how hard is it to dismiss one notification? Again… not spam.

  • Control over notifications has nothing to do with it. Being forced to opt out of something you never asked for is the very definition of spam IMO.

    I won’t be choosing HTC for my next device knowing this is the path they are taking.

  • CozyTech

    I’ve got a One M7 here and I got it, too. It wasn’t a big deal, I just swiped it off.