Rumor: HTC Looking to Implement Advertisements Inside BlinkFeed
HTC may be looking to introduce advertisements directly into its BlinkFeed, suggests a rumor.
According to regular HTC leaker @Upleaks, the company has been searching for additional monetization models for its mobile business, ever since it recently reported its worst financial results since 2009. HTC is now looking at the option of implementing advertisements as another source of revenue.
As the rumor goes, the version 7.1 of HTC’s Sense Home (released on May 6) is already integrated with the ad framework. Since the feature is already into play, HTC could possibly bring it over very soon.
For now, the advertisements look to be your standard banners telling you to download certain apps from Play Store, or promotional offers from other partners who decide to work with HTC.
HTC has yet to comment on the rumor. If it indeed comes true, users would mostly likely ask about the regularity by which advertisements would be displayed in their BlinkFeed. It would be unlikely for HTC to exclude any specific phone of theirs from ads. However, there could possibly be a premium option of paying a small fee and disabling ads forever.
HTC already charges a premium price for its smartphones. I doubt consumers are going to be happy with shelling out that amount of money, only to find either advertisements inside or the message of paying another fee to disable them.