Google removes all ad-blocking apps from the Play Store

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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58 Comments

1. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

25. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

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

31. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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

34. soshi

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 08, 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?

40. Furbal unregistered

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...

39. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

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

45. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

2. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

what??

3. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

My custom Note 2 rom has it built in.

4. avin007

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

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

5. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 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...

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

29. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

As do many app developers, big and small.

43. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

True.

10. adelta90

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

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

13. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

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

28. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

35. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

It's a win win situation! :D

14. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

41. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

21. BackHandLegend

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 15, 2012

WHO CARES BOO HOO. 1. Download f-droid app http://f-droid.org/ 2. Search "adaway" 3. Install. Was that hard?

23. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

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

26. madpiyal

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 11, 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

27. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

47. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

49. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

54. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

absolutely.

53. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 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

56. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

58. soshi

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 08, 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?

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