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  • @leocg From memory, Opera Mini's fullscreen ads required user to wait 3 seconds before it disappeared. There was no close button to dismiss it.

    Ads that take up the entire screen or interfere with normal use and do not provide a clear means to dismiss the ad:

    BTW, the mobile UI for this forum is pretty awesome. I would drop the floating red button. It's hiding texts I'm typing.

  • @jaron It doesn't clearly say that the ad can't have a time to go away. That rule seems to aim those ads that can't be dismissed without the user opening them.

  • Dismiss the ad. We don't have a way to dismiss it. We have to wait the countdown. It is clear!

  • We should report it to google and let them decide it. I'm not sure if I were at Opera, if I would take the chance.

  • @sandroklostermann At least we will know why if we see Opera Mini disappear the Play Store. (See what happened with UC Browser.)

  • As said by @tr4shcr4ft

    On non rooted devices

    @tr4shcr4ft said in Hate the new Ads? Downgrade to 30.0.x!:

    • get the latest 30.0-whatever release from apkmirror
      (make sure to get either arm/arm64 for your cpu)
    • install ADB + drivers on your PC and set it up
      (google it, there are better tutorials out there)
    • run 'adb install -r -d <your-downloaded-opera.apk>'


    And on rooted devices using AdAway.

  • @sandroklostermann Dismiss the ad doesn't necessarily means to manually dismiss it.

  • @jaron Maybe time will show that I'm wrong but I really think that the chances of anything happen to Opera Mini because of it is almost zero.

  • You guys are sure from your side. We customers are sure from our side that this ruins the experience. I've uninstalled it, even thinking that it is a great browser. That is under my control. For the ads, we will let google decide, but the dommage is already made we you will lose users anyway. Have you guys read the recent reviews?

  • What I don't get is why people just don't go use another browser if Opera Mini no longer fits their needs. There are lots of options out there like Opera for Android, Firefox, Chrome, etc.

  • Because we loved it before the annoying ads. I even suggested paying to remove them. But this last comment sounds like the company doesn't give a blip about the feedback.

  • @leocg Because none of the other provide faster speeds via high page compression and data saving. Also, because we are passionate fans.

  • @sandroklostermann You still didn't realize that I don't work for Opera?

    If those ads ruins the user experience like you said, why don't just politely explain to them how they break that experience? If possible showing user cases.
    It would be more useful than all this 'mimimi' about eventual ads on a free software that probably helped you saving lots of money.

  • @jaron So you are passionate fans but you don't want to play the price for the services the app gives to you?

  • Ads are annoying. Since there has no option to fully opt-out from ads users easily gets annoyed. We do report to Opera that at least give some control to users who doesn't like ads. But devs do nothing. So, users leaves Opera Mini & thus Opera's market share falling down & down. Ref- from StatCounter.
    Browser might show ads no problem at all but why a browser force users to see ads??
    And since Opera Mini force to see annoying adult 18+ Vulgar nude type ads each and every users got annoyed.
    Do you like to see some porn type ads well Opera Mini for you. And you just can't turn them off at all.
    There has a browser named UC Browser. Since it does flooded user's screen with Vulgar ads & force users to see them and for a malware spreading reason Google decided to ban UC from Store for some days. And I'm pretty sure Opera Mini will get banned as well.
    @leocg you said that We should report to Opera. But who do cares???? We continuously report to Opera via Facebook, sometimes on Twitter, sometimes on this forum, sometimes from Opera Mini. But Opera devs DOESN'T CARE... Do you know what's going on behind this reason???
    But I know, Opera now wants to make money that's why by forcing user's to ads & by disgrace the Quality of a great app.

  • @leocg I used to support Opera by introducing it to my friends and family. I stopped when Opera stop innovating.

    There are various ways other browsers monetise off their user. From selling (anonymised) user browsing habits to advertiser to search engine referrals etc... None of these methods are as in your face as fullscreen advertising that user cannot closed.

    At the rate this is going, Opera will be refer to in the same breath as Cheatah Mobile. The only way it will get onto a device is by being pre installed or by tricking user into installing it. That's very far to fall for a company that was once the leader in browser innovation.

  • @jackob11 Those vulgar ads can be reported using the 'Report a problem' tool inside Opera Mini.
    If possible attach a picture of the ad.

    BTW I didn't see any of those ads so far but I don't use Mini that often.

  • @jackob11 There are what the users want and there are what a company needs. Finding a balance between the two may not be easy and not always will please everyone.
    And different users want different things, sometimes opposing each other, and the company needs to deal with that too.

    So just because they didn't do what you want doesn't mean that they don't care.

    Also, my experience shows me that many people seems to don't know how to give a good feedback so it can be taken to the ones who make the decisions.

    Opera is not a non-profit organization, it never was. So yes, they want to make money.

  • @miyukiwork, I believe you work for Opera. Can we have an official answer on this thread? Do you guys consider using the freemium model to remove the ads?

  • @leocg haha, different users may want different things but no users at all want to see some vulgar ads by forcing. And no users want to see any bugs in Opera Mini.
    I already told that actually I'm not satisfied only just because Opera devs doesn't care about bugs & problems. And forcing users to ads is ineed a problem. Its not fair. Opera can show ads but can't force users.
    If I have any feature request or something then Opera devs may neglect. Only in this part they need balance by their user reviews.
    But on (Bug fixing, Problem fixing) part they shouldn't have any problem so far. In this part, indeed if there has any bug, then why do they need keep balancing?? There has some known bugs we're facing from many months even from many years ago but Opera devs neglect to fix those problems.