Ads are popping up all over the place, everywhere you turn. Well HTC is joining the ad parade by stating that they would be bringing ads to HTC’s BlinkFeed across several markets including the U.S., U.K., and Germany. These ads will be brought to users of BlinkFeed from the likes of Yahoo, Twitter, and “HTC auto promotions for new accessories or devices.”
In the press release found below, HTC did make mention that users will be able to opt out of the ads however, they gave everyone the old song and dance about “this way will help you discover new and useful apps and/or products and services.” Honestly, there are more than enough ads across devices, mobile or desktop, and it’s getting to a point where we need to cut it back just a bit.
It’s important to note that this rollout is a pilot, so right now we’re only testing and analyzing the effectiveness of this particular native format implementation. It’s too soon for us to say when or if these promotions will be rolled out to additional markets.
If you’re worried about some type of software update coming to your HTC device, don’t. BlinkFeed will automatically begin to populate, so there’s really no way of avoiding the inevitable until the ads begin appearing and you can opt out of them.
What are your thoughts on HTC bringing “un-intrusive” ads to your BlinkFeed? Is it a bit much or obtrusive, or is it something that should just be expected in the world of today? Let us know in the comment below.