HTC's Default Keyboard Is Showing Ads For Some Users

HTC's Default Keyboard Is Showing Ads For Some Users

Presumably, TouchPal mistakenly pushed an update for the public version of the app to the HTC version, or just made this change without HTC's approval.

While Microsoft has always been criticised for advertising its own services, such as OneDrive, on Windows 10, HTC smartphone owners are complaining that they are seeing ads for third-party services (below), possibly pulled from Google's AdSense service, whenever they are typing something.

It seems that this is affecting users who are using the basic version of TouchPal, and that in order to get rid of the ads, users will have to purchase the premium version.

Latest update of TouchPal bought ads to its users.

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The company has likely already gotten in touch with TouchPal and would soon be reversing this unwanted update. And since they are the customer's first recourse, users will naturally blame them or come to them for solutions or both. If you are still seeing the adverts on the default keyboard on the HTC 10, it is recommended to install Gboard.

Criticising the software, TouchPal user Selina wrote: "It used to be good but recently ads keep popping up when I'm in the middle of something and it's really inconvenient and annoying". However, ads on a keyboard, let alone a default keyboard app for one of the "flagship" smartphones is truly unacceptable. Not to mention the potential privacy issues such ads might raise. "We're working to fix the error and remove these as quickly as possible", the tech giant tweeted.

"Due to an error, some customers are seeing ads on the phone keyboard. For assistance please go to http://www.htc.com/support". According to couple of reddit posts, HTC's default keyboard app started displaying ads when users start using the keyboard. Hopefully this is the first and last time such an unintentional misstep happens.

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