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Google removes all ad-blocking apps from the Play Store

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Google removes all ad-blocking apps from the Play Store
Just in case you've never heard of Google before, it's an advertising company that offers a range of other products from email to maps and even a mobile operating system. Google makes almost all of its money from you looking at ads that it serves up, and if you use ad-blocking software, Google doesn't make any money. So, Google has decided to remove all ad-blocking apps from the Play Store.

Of course, Google isn't the only one who makes money from ads. All of the free websites that you know and love (including the one you're on right now) depend on ad revenue in order to offer you the free content that you've come to expect. 

Google has decided that ad-blocking apps are in violation of Section 4.4 of the Android Developer Distribution Agreement, which prohibits any 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."

It's hard to argue that ad-blocking doesn't violate that section of the agreement, but that still begs the question of why Google hadn't enforced this before now. Ad-blockers will still be available from outside sources, but they will no longer be found in the Play Store. So, be extra careful if you're going to install one, since side-loaded apps have a higher incidence of malware. Not to mention, as we said before, the sites that you know and love only exist because of ad revenue, so you should think twice before using one anyway

source: AdAway via pocketnow

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posted on 13 Mar 2013, 21:09 10

1. Pings (Posts: 297; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I still can side load them. Who cares what they try to do. My phone will still be ad-free!

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 23:55

25. rf1975 (Posts: 238; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Who said google is Evil, Did you see their moto....Don't be Evil.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 03:39 4

31. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Sometimes theres nothing more annoying than ads appearing in your notifications bar, it's probably one of the only times you'd hear me saying it but f**k you Google on this one

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 04:22 2

34. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


google has no notification ads, check again what application make the ads appear. In this problem I must say the user is the evil. Try to think how much work google has to do to give the best service? how hard the work behind site like phone arena to deliver content?

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 07:04 4

40. Furbal (Posts: 230; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


The only ads that annoy me are pop-ups that have an insanely hard close button.

Especially when they resize on zooms so you really cannot click on them...

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 05:56 2

39. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Anyways Google is not properly justifying the "Open Source" thing, in open source nothing is supposed to be blocked.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 09:20

45. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 846; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Agreed but they don't work on donations. Someone has to pay for the time, money and equipment to build, develop and update.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 21:12 1

2. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


what??

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 21:14 4

3. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1107; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


My custom Note 2 rom has it built in.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 21:15 5

4. avin007 (Posts: 139; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


The intro was cool.....google is a ad company which offers mobile OS !!!

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 21:18 2

5. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


"So, be extra careful if you're going to install one, since side-loaded apps have a higher incidence of malware."

Malware on Android? You don't say...

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 21:28 6

8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5461; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I'm not surprised, Google earns money from ads.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 01:17 5

29. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2650; Member since: 26 May 2011)


As do many app developers, big and small.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 08:26

43. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5461; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


True.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 21:37 10

10. adelta90 (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


i dont understand how ads are such a big problem when people have 5 inch plus phones

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 21:53 3

13. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Cool, whatever ... More money for G$$gle

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 01:17 1

28. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2650; Member since: 26 May 2011)


And more money for those app developers and content creators that rely on ad revenue.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 04:54

35. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


It's a win win situation! :D

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 21:53 4

14. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 880; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


google if you remove it from chrome too i will kill you

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 07:34

41. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I think Google will, because Google need more money! $KA-CHING$

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 22:41 2

21. BackHandLegend (Posts: 80; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)


WHO CARES BOO HOO.
1. Download f-droid app http://f-droid.org/

2. Search "adaway"

3. Install.

Was that hard?

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 23:07 3

23. Stuntman (Posts: 707; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


If you only want to get apps from the Play Store and don't want ads, you can always purchase the paid version.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 00:57

26. madpiyal (Posts: 108; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


Isn't that going to hurt the developers who used to make ad blocking apps. And I thought open source means I can do anything with Android but it seems Android is controlled by some set of strict rules. So Google is becoming greedy like Apple every single day. Who said Google isn't evil? Its going in that direction slowly but surely

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 01:15 5

27. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2650; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Ad blockers hurt developers of free ad-supported apps more than it hurts the devs who make ad blockers. Open source means you can do anything you want with the device, but it doesn't mean that Google has to give you tools that hurt content creators in the Play Store.

Ad blocking is far more evil than what Google is doing here. A lot of developers and content creators rely on ad revenue to survive.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 09:37

47. joey_sfb (Posts: 2565; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Personally I feel google should improve on no letting app that depend on ad revenue to run on device with app blocking on unless the ad blocker is turn off. I

Remove app in the play store is censorship which should be minimized.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 09:47 1

49. joey_sfb (Posts: 2565; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Like wise some user pay for every app and would like no ad running in the back ground. Being transparent with your user earn trust and will be good for future business.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 13:18

54. techspace (Posts: 526; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


absolutely.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 13:10

53. techspace (Posts: 526; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


but that would make android a semi-open sourced operating system
now i can understand that no one needs the user, everyone wants money, but seriously, if you are making an open sourced os, or if you are developing anything for an open sourced os, the most basic thing the user expects from you is freedom
and you can't compare it with OSes like ios, wp etc etc....we should compare android with open sourced projects, not with the highly controlled, restricted operating systems

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 16:34 1

56. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2650; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Can we please stop with the nonsense about Android being "open"? At best, it's a quasi-open source project. We've known that for years because you can't propose changes to the next update of Android. You don't even see the code until Google releases it.

It's not fully open, and it is still Google's to control. Google wants its developers to not avoid the platform because users can easily install an ad-blocker that kills a lot of the revenue the dev could hope for. It's as simple as that.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 04:32

58. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


actually you have your option: build your own application. So you want free but the one who work hard using their brain, money and time dead from starving?

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 02:13

30. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Lmfao.. Let's see if they have the balls to implement this on the chrome desktop browser as well??? As long as it affects someone else's revenue stream, of course they won't.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 05:29

36. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Side loading....'nuff said

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 05:33

37. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Google has the right to do what it feels is the correct course of action - as do I. No matter what these companies do, there is always a workaround.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 09:08

44. SavageLucy42 (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


Honestly I think this is a good thing. 90% of the apps I use are free, and they're free because of the adds. Yes, some can be invasive, but in those cases I pay the $.99 or $1.99 to get rid of them. Done. I believe in supporting the people who provide us with these services (and time wasters.)

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 09:42

48. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


I fully understand the need for ads to support a website. As long as the ads do not intrude on the enjoyment of the site. Most of the ads on PA are out of the way and does not bother me. But, the ads that are put into words of the piece I'm reading and pop up when I'm scrolling through, makes me want to punch the damn screen every time. As far as Google removing ad-blockers, it does not make a different to me. I did not use them to begin with. I never found a issue where ad were extremely intrusive on my device. Accept for a few non-Google apps....and those apps are no longer used. Even thou, Google has limited your choice in the apps you can get from the Play Store, you still are not out of luck. You can still side load the apps.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 12:09

50. buccob (Posts: 1307; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I have tons of ad-apps... but I only uninstall and wish to never see again, those that push ad to the notification bar, and unless its essential to me... the ones with full screen ads.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 12:12

51. buccob (Posts: 1307; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Can I make an ad-blocking app which is ad-supported? JK

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 14:11

55. downphoenix (Posts: 2267; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Some ads are pretty intrusive sometimes, or cause problems with apps running. Sometimes they are a big drain on the battery too. I dont have problems with ads as long as the ad doesnt actually deteriorate my experience.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 16:37

57. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2650; Member since: 26 May 2011)


any app that gives me intrusive ads or notification tray ads gets uninstalled immediately.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 04:37

59. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


Most reader here can only whining while they want only sit in front of gadget, eat and sleep. You want the best app with no add? try build yourself. That will be better for your own future and your family if you also can get money from it. Nothing free but in the world of beggar

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