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Google allows Adblock Fast to re-enter the Google Play Store

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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.


source: TechCrunch

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posted on 09 Feb 2016, 13:10 2

1. shaineql (Posts: 421; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Cool , now waiting for relase of Sammy browser v4on lollipop touchwizz phones(currently only available on Touchwizz android6).

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 13:12 3

2. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Is there a way to get samsung browser 4.0? Or does it come preinstalled with marshmallow touchwiz.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 13:42 1

4. Podrick (Posts: 1131; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)


Is there any way to get Samsung browser on non Samsung device?

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 13:58

7. shaineql (Posts: 421; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Yes, in march for all flagships since and including s4, rest of sammy phones to follow.
Only samsung phones.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 13:59

8. shaineql (Posts: 421; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Open app link for Samsung browser v4 on google play store, all explained there.

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 01:52

20. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1518; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


"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/technical-doc/view.do?v=T000000202

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 13:31

3. handsomparis (Posts: 75; Member since: 11 Jun 2015)


Sammy web browser is not available on note 5 how can we get It

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 14:22 2

9. shaineql (Posts: 421; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Wait for android 6, its alredy available for those using beta 6.0.1 . For lollipop in March.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 13:53 2

5. marorun (Posts: 5029; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


This app is crap.
Should be available for all browser not only for samsung.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 13:55 1

6. yonith (Posts: 173; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


What makes this better than just sideloading AdAway?

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 14:58 16

10. BobLawblaw (unregistered)


You need an adblocker for Phonearena. It's a joke at times..

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 18:31 1

16. joevsyou (Posts: 1030; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


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 09 Feb 2016, 20:13 1

18. BobLawblaw (unregistered)


Use Adguard. I use it on my Note 5. Works a treat. No need to root.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 22:17

19. SprintGuy26 (Posts: 229; Member since: 21 Mar 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/webstore/detail/adblock/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom?hl=en

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 16:51

11. AliGee (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Nov 2014)


Will this work with chrome?

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 18:02 1

13. villagerguyz (Posts: 96; Member since: 22 Jul 2015)


Not at all. Intended for Sammy browser only.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 16:58

12. Zylam (Posts: 1083; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


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 09 Feb 2016, 18:30

15. joevsyou (Posts: 1030; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


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 10 Feb 2016, 02:04

21. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


I use both. Samsung browser for general browsing and chrome when I need the bookmarks or history.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 18:28

14. joevsyou (Posts: 1030; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


awesome

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 19:18

17. joey_sfb (Posts: 6541; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I am OK with Ads especially the ones that give me coupon to buy my stuff much cheaper than i would otherwise have to pay.

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 02:23

22. shy2papa (Posts: 335; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)


Adgaurd is just awesome no more ads on my phone or tablet.

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