Do you think it's OK for Samsung to put ads on its Android phones?

Galaxy S20 Ultra
Galaxy S20 Ultra (Image credit: Andrew Martonik / Android Central)

When you buy a flagship Android phone, it should provide you with a flagship-grade experience. That means top-of-the-line specs, a great design, and clean software that's not loaded down with a ton of promotional apps or advertisements. Unfortunately, this is something Samsung doesn't fully grasp.

Our friends at Android Police recently published an article highlighting the fact that Galaxy smartphones are filled with ads in a bunch of the first-part Samsung apps — such as Samsung Pay, Samsung Music, Samsung Health, and even the dialer app.

This got a lot of our members in the AC forums talking about the issue, with the conversation going as follows.

I just seen this, my brother got a ad on his ultra 20 today. I'm not at all happy about this, I paid good money for this phone. I was looking to go to the note 20, but I'm not sure now. These aren't cheap phones to have to put up with ads.


Yeah, that seemed pretty ridiculous to me.:-\

B. Diddy

I received a couple of very annoying ads a few days after I started using my Note 10+, all of them from Samsung itself. It really upset me, and it was kind of hard to find in internet instructions to block it. Now I don't receive any ads anymore, but I must say if it happens, I'm going to ditch Samsung for good. To pay 1000 bucks and still receive annoying ads is simply unacceptable for me.


Completely unacceptable. You pay $1400 for a phone, you shouldn't be forced with ads when you get it home. At the very least you should be able to turn them off. I saw that article where they stick an ad in the dialer?! Really Samsung?? I think I read a month or two ago ads popping up in their Samsung Music app or something like that?? When I got my Note 8... Irritated me that I'd open the...


What do you think? Is it OK for Samsung to put ads on its Android phones?

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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.