Samsung confirms that One UI will soon be an advertisement free OS
Samsung releases some excellent devices, including the Galaxy S21 Ultra and the Galaxy Z Fold 2. These device are expensive too, as are the newly-announced Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. Unfortunately, Samsung resorted to including advertisements within its core apps, including Samsung Pay.
Now, The Verge reports that Samsung has u-turned on including advertisements in these apps. Apparently, Samsung will remove advertisements from 'proprietary apps including Samsung Pay, Samsung Theme and Samsung Weather'. Presumably, Samsung will extend this to all its apps, such as Samsung Music.
Samsung has not offered a timeline for removing these advertisements, although all should be removed 'later this year'. For some reason, Samsung will update One UI, rather than updating the apps through the Galaxy Store.
Ultimately, including advertisements was only ever going to alienate fans, especially those paying over US$1,000 for a smartphone. Hopefully, these never return either in a future One UI update.