Google allows Adblock Fast to re-enter the Google Play Store
posted by Alan F. / Feb 09, 2016, 1:03 PM
Google has apparently changed its mind about how it interprets a section of its Developer Distribution Agreement. Last week, the Alphabet division blocked Adblock Fast from the Google Play Store citing Section 4.4 of the Developer Distribution Agreement. Other ad-blockers, like Crystal, had their updates blocked by Google. But Rocketship, the developer behind Adblock Fast, successfully appealed. A letter received by the developer from Google read, "We’ve accepted your appeal and your app has been reinstated. For the app to appear on the Play Store, you’ll need to sign into your Developer Console and submit your app again."
Adblock Fast has returned to the Google Play Store with an updated version,1.1.0. Crystal has also won its appeal from Google. According to those familiar with Google's thinking, the company had originally decided to allow ad-blockers only if they were part of a third-party browser app like Adblock Plus browser. Browsers offering ad-blocking extensions like the Firefox, Javelin, and Dolphin browsers would also be welcome. The sources added that Google wanted to remove stand alone ad-blockers like Adblock Fast and Crystal which were disseminated via APKs.
Section 4.4 of the Developer Distribution Agreement prohibits an app listed in the Google Play Store that "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."
One theory suggests that Google pulled Adblock Fast because it interfered with Samsung's web browser. But Samsung had recently issued a Content Blocker API for the browser, suggesting that it was authorizing third party ad-blockers for its browser. That should have meant that Section 4.4 of the DDA would not apply.
Other sources familiar with Google's plans say that the company will now allow apps to integrate with each other as long as it is done through an authorized channel, like an API.
Is there a way to get samsung browser 4.0? Or does it come preinstalled with marshmallow touchwiz.
posted on Feb 09, 2016, 1:12 PM 3
Posts: 516; Member since: Apr 28, 2014
Yes, in march for all flagships since and including s4, rest of sammy phones to follow. Only samsung phones.
posted on Feb 09, 2016, 1:58 PM 0
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"Upgrade may be limited to certain device models and operating system versions. In the first quarter of 2016, upgrade to Samsung Internet 4.0 will be available for GalaxyS4, S5, S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Note3, Note4, and Note5 with Android 4.4 and onward" http://developer.samsung.com/t
posted on Feb 10, 2016, 1:52 AM 0
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Sammy web browser is not available on note 5 how can we get It
posted on Feb 09, 2016, 1:31 PM 0
You need an adblocker for Phonearena. It's a joke at times..
posted on Feb 09, 2016, 2:58 PM 16
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lol ya, phone arena is one website i go to daily however i will only do it at home on my computer because of adblock
posted on Feb 09, 2016, 6:31 PM 1
Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011
i use this for chrome, it blocks ALOT of ads from this site and it even blocks ads on Pandora radio!!!! i use it on PC they need to make one for mobile https://chrome.google.com/webs
posted on Feb 09, 2016, 10:17 PM 0
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Why not just use chrome or Firefox and get bookmark and history integration, plus extensions for Firefox. What's so great about Samsungs browser?
posted on Feb 09, 2016, 4:58 PM 0
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it runs much better then chrome in my opinion. I used to use chrome a lot until i got my s6 and browser is much better then on older Samsung phones and I would always have to leave chrome to use other browser to get stuff play that wouldn't or websites act funny. well i don't have that issue with Samsung browser
posted on Feb 09, 2016, 6:30 PM 0
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