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Adblock Plus for Android now offered directly to users

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Adblock Plus for Android now offered directly to users
Last week, Google finally decided to enforce a rule in its Play Store Terms of Service to remove an app "that interferes with, disrupts, damages, or accesses in an unauthorized manner the devices, servers, networks, or other properties or services of any third party including, but not limited to, Android users, Google or any mobile network operator". Ultimately, this meant the removal of ad blocking apps, but Adblock Plus is back and being offered directly to users.

This has been a point of confusion around this story, so to be clear: Android is open, but the Google layer is not. This is why Adblock Plus can offer the app directly to users, but the app is not available in the Google Play Store. The new version of Adblock Plus allows the app to update automatically without going through the Play Store. The update also tweaks the UI a bit to look better in the Holo Theme. 

As before, we would like to mention that you should think carefully before deciding to use an adblocking app. The revenue you keep from Google may be a drop in the bucket, but a lot of smaller developers and content creators depend on ad revenue to offer you quality apps and services. Nothing in this world is truly free.

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posted on 20 Mar 2013, 16:50

1. osmaankhaan (unregistered)


hope the updated version doesn't eat up much ram this time..

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 16:51

2. Pings (Posts: 300; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


What did I say and an admin for PA took my post down. TOLD YOU SO!!!!!

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 16:51 5

3. 1rlbsr (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


I have ad block on my computer. My issue with ads is that we are "ad-ed" to death these days. Everything and everywhere there are ads ads and more ads rammed down our throats at every turn. TV, radio, web sites, billboards, newspapers, magazines, even on people's cars! And more! For ever 30 minutes of programming on tv there is 30 minutes of ads. It's gotten crazy and absolutely annoying. My mailbox each week is 90% ads... even in the bills I get via the mail they have ads. I get flyer ads all over my door every week. How many ads is enough? I call my cable company or utility companies and have to sit on hold so they can ad me to death! Will media be nothing BUT ads eventually? I understand what you are saying about "one segment" of this life but when you add up ALL the ads it's just stupid. I will continue to block as many as I can... everywhere. After everyone rams things down my throat for so long I start to... have to... fight back!

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 08:06

9. jopancy (Posts: 55; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


Hey, one of those developers just thumb you down.

But seriously the ads that are shove on us are getting too much and distracting. There must be some sort of regulating to control how people's life are intruded by these sometimes useless ads.

But I wouldn't say all ads should be blocked though. Got a good discount via an ad!!
;)

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 09:10

12. 1rlbsr (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


I fully expected those IN that industry to disagree with me. After all it's their wallet and anyone would not like someone talking poorly about what affects their wallet. Doesn't change my stance however. They don't care about how I feel about being rammed in the face with ads every minute of every day nor do they care about MY wallet so it's a two way door whether anyone likes that or not. I'm older... I remember when ads were a variety show host taking 10 seconds on stage to promote a cigarette then back to the show. Now as I said it's 30 minutes of commercials for every 30 minutes of show and the younger a person is the more they are used to that because they never experienced anything different. ALL older people I know hate how many ads we have today... everywhere. I'm not just talking about ads on cell phones... I'm talking in general and most here will be specifically focused on JUST cell phones but look around... open eyes... ads, ads, ads... it's the biggest thing we see daily everywhere we go. Someday all TV and other media will be 90% ads and 10% everything else. Glad I won't be around that long to see that and I'm sure the thumbs down people will also be glad I'm gone and that's fine. Ads are one reason I've stayed clear of a smartphone up to now and discussions like these keep me from going in that direction longer and longer. I want a phone to be a phone... and most today are not. I've spent a lot of time learning and what I've learned is keeping me to a basic phone. Good luck to all who think life revolves around a smartphone... that is a life I do not want.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 09:18

13. 1rlbsr (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


I guess my 42 year old son put it best... we HAVE become the movie Idiocracy. I've not watched that but he's explained it to me and he seems to be right.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 08:37

10. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


"As before, we would like to mention that you should think carefully before deciding to use an adblocking app. The revenue you keep from Google may be a drop in the bucket, but a lot of smaller developers and content creators depend on ad revenue to offer you quality apps and services. Nothing in this world is truly free."

how about some annoying ads ? the one that pops up on your screen ?

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 16:56

4. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6230; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Thank goodness i already downloaded it before it got ban

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 17:08

5. Pings (Posts: 300; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


You can still side load it...

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 20:03

6. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I don't mind ads as long as they don't interfere with what I am doing. Pop up ads on websites as well as on mobile games can get annoying.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 23:34

7. vivzek (Posts: 25; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


Frankly, ABP never worked in the way it should have, AdFree does the trick though...

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 00:50

8. p0rkguy (Posts: 683; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


ABP has been really great on PC.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 23:13

11. donjb (Posts: 8; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)


I agree with the last paragraph in this article. There are some people who update grade phones every year ($200+) but won’t spend a onetime charge of $1 to support an app that you use all of the time. It's even worst that you are blocking ads on an app that you use for free... I feel sorry for the small developers who spent hours or hard earned money on their apps.

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