Kicked from the Play Store, new Adblock Plus for Android app released

March 20, 2013
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A new version of the Adblock Plus app for Android has been released, but you’ll have to get it straight from the developer’s site in order to get updates from now on, since the app has been removed from the Google Play Store.

The developers of the app have made it available on their website and note that you need so set your Android device to allow the installation of apps from Unknown sources in order to install it. To get the app, just go to the address in the source link and scan the QR code with your smartphone or tablet. If that doesn’t work for some reason, downloading the apk file to your computer and then copying it to your smartphone should do the trick.

The new version includes a few fixes and also makes manual proxy configuration easier – you do have to configure proxy settings yourself, but it’s quite easy. Also, most importantly, the AdBlock updates automatically.

Adblock Plus Android was removed from the Google Play Store on March 14, together with a number of other ad blocking apps, due to the fact that it was breaching the Google Play Developer Program Policies; namely, it was breaching the part about interfering with ads on a third-party application. The removal caused quite a bit of stir at that moment.

Do you use Adblock Plus or another ad-blocking app on your Android device?

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/levente.krizsan.3 Levente Krizsán

    I use adfree

  • OrozcO

    In first place, if android is open source and you can create an app to make some modifications to the system or use some tweaks, to get better. Don’t Google have to be prepared for this situation but no. In fact some custom ROMs provide this feature or the host file updated to avoid ads.

  • On a Clear Day

    I can well appreciate why people don’t want a zillion ads popping up. However, on the other hand, if you are using Google’s services I tend to think of that as part of the fair price I pay for said use. To create and maintain – on both an intellectual as well as physical level – the infrastructure for just Gmail – which is the service I find most useful, I cannot imagine the amount of money it took.

    Also, most of the ads Gmail serves up for me I find are relevant. And YES, I KNOW it is because they are going through the word content of my emails. And no I am not worried about anyone at Google reading my emails.

    There is no free lunch in this world and if people want free apps, and the developer of the app is hoping to make a little money on the app by serving up some ads, then I am willing to endure those ads in return for the value their app affords me.

    Long story short, if the rules say, “No blocking of ads on third party apps”, and that is what was agreed to before being allowed to play in the Play Store – then AdBlock hasn’t a leg to stand on. They knew very well – unless they have a companion app called Brain Block running – that they were violating the agreement they signed and obviously didn’t give a damn.

    So, as should be the case with those who act in bad faith, it was totally appropriate that they be given the boot. End of story.

    Next! lol

    • http://twitter.com/Bobby_Phoenix Bobby Phoenix

      I agree with you on the Google part, but I for one use an ad blocker on my phone to block ads when I use the browser in desktop mode. I don’t mind ads in apps that are free. I actually buy the paid versions anyway, so that’s the least of why I use a blocker.

  • lalala

    i tolerate ads so its not really an issue for me but ad blocker takes up quite alot of ram and thats an issue for me!

  • Mike

    You know what’s super awesome? When articles that tell you you’ll have to go to a web page ACTUALLY INCLUDE A LINK TO THE PAGE!

  • http://darkangelights2009.tumblr.com/ darkangelights

    I really need a adblocker.