Starting the year off well, in a disappointing turn of events, Realme will introduce adverts within ColorOS 6 and above.
Ironically, Realme mocked Xiaomi when they implement ads in MIUI back in 2018, which seems vaguely reminiscent of Google mocking Apple about removing the 3.5mm jack, but then doing it themselves the following year.
While this is a frustrating decision, the reality is that Realme is likely to be selling phones at almost cost to make them the most affordable brand around. So this decision will help ensure the cost of the phones stays low.
Thankfully Realme are making it quite easy to disable adverts and you just need to go into settings, additional settings then turn off content recommendations.
At the time of writing, the new adverts don't appear to have been enabled in the Realme 5 or the Realme X2 Pro that I have to hand, nor do the phones have the new menu options within the settings.