Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Amazon is removing ads from the lock screen on Prime Exclusive phones

Amazon is removing ads from the lock screen on Prime Exclusive phones

The retailer states that the change is meant to make the user experience better, by letting owners use the increasingly more prevalent fingerprint readers and unlocking features that bypass the lock screen. "We will increase the price of every current Prime Exclusive Phone in the portfolio by $20", an Amazon spokeswoman said in an email.

Almost two years ago, Amazon launched its Prime Exlusive program with discounted prices on smartphones for those who accepted lockscreen ads and offers. An update will be available through the Android device's settings and/or in notifications starting this week with the removal of lockscreen offers and ads. Now that many phones have face recognition and fingerprint readers, Amazon wants to be sure those features work well. Currently, you have to press a fingerprint sensor twice on these phones to unlock. For those devices already out in the world, updates will start rolling out next week that remove the ads. Here's the full statement.

This will allow you to more easily use your phone's mobile unlock technology, as well as personalize your lockscreen with a photo or wallpaper.
It's a great way for Prime members to save a few dollars on a smartphone by opting to see an occasional ad from Amazon and having to deal with the company's bloatware.

Starting tomorrow, February 7, all phones on the Amazon Prime Exclusive list will ship without lock screen ads. Future Amazon Prime Exclusive handsets will be available only to those who have signed up for membership to Prime, and will be sold unlocked. Since 2016, the massive online retailer has been selling low-end Android phones loaded with ads and Amazon software at a discount of around $50 (and in one case, a $200 discount!). There will also be a Special Offers widget on the home screen.

Apparently, the bloatware will remain but can be uninstalled or hidden if you don't use it.

Today, the Prime Exclusive Phone program gets even better.

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