HTC's default keyboard app is now showing ads

Laverne Mann
July 17, 2017

HTC 10 was one of the models identified whose users were said to be impacted. There are plenty of third party apps that are available for Android.

Users' aggressive reaction to seeing ads on the keyboard app underscores a growing trend among smartphone manufacturers who're frustrating users by showing ads on the lock screen, home screen, notification centre, and other places.

HTC's partnership with TouchPal provides the company's devices with a different version of the keyboard compared to what you might see if you download TouchPal from the Play Store.

HTC has been busy working on the U11 adding software improvements and possibly a mid-range variant (aka Ocean Life), and more Edge Sense functions. Although, HTC certainly isn't afraid of leveraging their own products so they can push advertisements in front of people's eyes. Uninstalling these updates would result in the app getting back to the way it used to be.

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HTC has come under fire with ads started appearing in the stock keyboard app on one of its flagship devices.

TouchPal, or "that keyboard that comes pre-installed with some Android phones", has now started pushing ads on its free version. It also means that HTC could be in the process of removing the ads for good.

The HTC UK Twitter account went out a tweet that says the company is "working to fix the error and remove these as quickly as possible". After all, HTC's default keyboard is built by a company called TouchPal. These were expressed with words that you wouldn't want your kids to see.

HTC has confirmed that ads automatically being presented within the keyboard app on certain smartphones is indeed an error. Not only is it annoying, the ads use space that could be employed in a way to make the keyboard better.

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