"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and persistent in prayer"
Basic rule of marketing.....
Sucker people in with a good/great product at low (or in this case zero) cost and then when you have the "following" hit it with a increase (or in this case, ads) and suddenly your dollars are generating faster than a "green" product.
smart move by the dev......(though i don't like ads)....good thing there is root
Don't have an issue with a dev wanting to make money. I do have an issue with putting ads on my phones screen. The aesthetics of an app play into its rating for a lot of people. I'm not going to rate an app 5 stars if it looks like crap, no matter what.
Ads=look like crap=less stars
I'm sorry, however we're not talking about any special application here.
Astro is a file manager app, with a few tools, that, basically, anyone could code, and there are others out there that can accomplish the same thing.
That said, just what "Development" or future offerings are in store that required ad generated revenue to offset the development of said newer functions?
They updated again to apologize, and have a non add paid app, however this is backflailing, the damage was done when they provided just an update to have ads in it.
For those that want to give the arguement that it does so much, then I say ADW and auncher pro, both still free, both don't have ads.
As a dev, you make a decision early on, are you going to create an app that you are going to cash in on, or one that you are doing because you want the community to have? There are other options, several have donate DL's whereas there is no change in application, however you can show your appreciation by donating.
To me, there are NO valid reasons for having ads within an APPLICATION. None.
That said, I happen to love playing jewels when needing to pass time, that is perhaps one application of ad placement that doesn't bother me at all, it occurs while it is loading, then is out of ones way.
Wi fi analyzer, now ad supported, with option to turn off, annoying but better than no option at all.
I'm rooted, may just install adblock ...But I DON'T accept the story of "to further support development ... we needed to throw these ads in", especially an app such as Astro which has been around. BS in my book. Prove me wrong Astro, show us what new an not found functions in any other file management app is forthcoming to justify your move at this juncture.
Last edited by RW-1; 07-13-2010 at 11:19 AM.