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I bought a new tablet and thought I'd try a different meditation timer, boy has the selection exploded since I last looked, and gave the popular insight timer app another look.
All the social and tracking features are now part of the free portion. You can pay for additional bell sounds now. I also remember some talk about unwanted messages and adds the last time this topic came up. I haven't seen any adds and the default privacy settings only allows messages from friends now.
Also, for the more recent members here, there is a newbuddhist group on the app you can join too.