No, HTC doesn’t want to put ads in your phone’s keyboard
HTC can’t seem to catch a break. A few days ago, an update to TouchPal (the third-party keyboard which is used on HTC’s newest smartphones) started showing banner ads for a handful of HTC 10 owners. While HTC has resorted to showing ads in BlinkFeed and even using its Themes app to promote a new movie release from time to time, the ads in TouchPal were not on HTC’s monetization roadmap.
As soon as the news broke that the ads were showing up, HTC released statement, promising to reolve the issue as quickly s possible.
“Due to an error, some HTC customers have reported seeing ads on their phone’s keyboard. This is absolutely not the experience we intended, and we’re working to immediately fix the error and remove the ads as quickly as possible.”
We have not noticed the ads on our HTC 10, so we have no way of verifying that TouchPal and HTC have worked things out yet to remove them. HTC’s momentum has been picking up since the launch of the HTC U11, but an issue like this can easily put HTC at the top of people’s “don’t buy” list. The good news is that this fisco has not affected the U11 and we’re hoping we don’t hear any reports of the ads showing up on any other HTC smrtphones.