Samsung customers will now be free from first-party ads by the firm. The tech giant has come up with updated versions of its default apps. Korean users are the first ones to rip the benefits of ad-free apps by Samsung. The news came out on the community forum of the company.
An official source from the company confirmed the update of ads removal from the Health app at the start of this month. “This is the Samsung Health Operation Manager. Please note that the banner at the top of the Samsung Health app will not be provided from October 1st,” the comment read. The other apps that removed ads include Weather, Health, Samsung Pay and Theme.
Ads in the company’s devices had become a controversial subject that had led to several complaints by its users. Since some of the Samsung smartphones and devices cost more than $1000, it was unfair to have ads disturbing the screen and spoiling the experience.
According to an insider source, when employees asked why the company had ads on its apps, Roh Tae-moon stated that it looked forward to growth opportunities integrated and reinforced through the Galaxy ecosystem experience. Later, a Samsung official appreciated the criticism saying it was “absolutely necessary” for the success and development of the firm.
In a town hall meeting held during August, the company had assured that these ads would be removed from the first-party applications. “We decided to delete ads from basic apps such as Weather, Samsung Pay, and Samsung Themes,” TM Roh, the mobile chief, stated in the meeting. The company officially declared the same through a published document that promised ads removal.
The Weather app, which earlier showed banner apps at the top of its interface, now shows forecast information about temperature and weather. Most of the proprietary applications are pre-installed on Samsung devices. Although the company has taken this decision, only a selective batch of first-party apps are listed in the ads removal policy.
Users may expect similar changes in the company’s other applications as well. However, there’s no official backing to the prediction. Unnecessary notifications and advertisements at the wrong places on a smart device can ruin the user’s experience. Samsung has kept a check on its complaints before the company would have to pay the price. Evidently, the decision has helped the firm limit controversy and content customers as their apps load faster now.