#Microsoft Is #Sneaking #App #Ads Into #Android Menus

New York (The Verge) — Microsoft is slipping app ads into Android menus theverge.com/2019/7/8/20686….

Microsoft apps like Your Phone Companion are quietly slipping ads for OneDrive and other programs into Share and Open menus.

These little ads aren’t a massive inconvenience. Many people who install one Microsoft app will have others installed already, so they’ll just see ordinary icons. As Android Police notes, many other people will almost never open PowerPoint or Excel files. Sharing photos is a far more common task, but I’ve already got dozens of never-used icons on my share screen, so I barely noticed one more.

Even so, Microsoft is setting a bad precedent here. If every app developer followed its lead, Android menus would be even more crowded and confusing than they are today. Fortunately, we haven’t seen another major company using this tactic. Android Police mentions that Android Q limits its effectiveness — so instead of seeing a misleading OneDrive icon, you’ll see the normal Your Phone Companion one. Adi Robertson/@verge

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