As you may have noticed, we have been running Google Funding Choices for the past month or so on Android Police. Today, I’m announcing that we’re pulling support for it. Funding Choices is riddled with issues, and we get feedback about buggy or just plain awful behavior – like the whole site being blocked – every single day.
Funding Choices and Contributor 2.0 are easily the most beta products I’ve ever tested from Google, and are not ready for prime time. Even after launch, navigation on the backend dashboard site was not working properly, stats weren’t updating, and are to this day a hacky collection of Google Sheets documents.
Android Police with Contributor experience (left), and without (right)
Ad blockers have quickly figured out how to get around Funding Choices’ notifications, as well. It’s a great system in theory, but in practice hurts readers and eats up my time. Even from the perspective of a user of the service, I have had issues. For example, Contributor fails to automatically top off my account as it should, my balance goes to $0 (it has now happened twice), and I start seeing ads again.
At launch (which, you may have also noticed, we didn’t publicize at all), Google told us we were the fastest growing Funding Choices site. But that quickly plateaued, and a month later, only around 100 people use Contributor on Android Police per day. It’s a drop in the bucket, and not worth the constant stream of complaints about blocked site access, like the one shown in the screenshot below. Some people have company-wide ad blockers and can no longer read Android Police. Many are false positives, too, which is…
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