Breaking: Google Removes Ad Blocking Apps from Google Play Store; Rooted Users Frown

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    If you are a rooted user, you might just grimace at this news. Apparently, Google just pulled all of the ad blocking apps from the Google Play Store. Apparently, ad blocker programs directly contradict one of Google's policies, but they hadn't really enforced it until now. Here's a quote with the TOS rule followed by Google's email to developers of ad blocking programs,

    Most of the ad blocking programs have been purged from the Play Store, and the developers were sent emails from Google explaining why. Here's the email statement from Google,

    This just happened a short time ago, so we will try to share more details as they emerge.

    Thanks for the tip, Mujibar!
     
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    I'll be the minority here, but...so what. We all love Google, we all love their free services and guess what, that's how they make money. I'd rather have the occasional annoyance than pay stacks of cash up front.

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    I was going to say the exact same thing.

    I wonder if Android firewall apps (D.W. for example) falls into the same category as Ad blockers.
     
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    Agree. The ads don't bother me and I don't even look at them. If it makes an app that I like free then fine. With some apps, I have the option of paying for it to remove the ads and never have. I'll pay to upgrade free apps if I gain function that I will use, but not just to remove ads.
     
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    We tend to agree with all of the above points, but we still thought it was important to share. We can definitely see why some folks prefer ad blockers, but if the ads aren't too annoying and it keeps Google & Android profitable, then it makes good sense for Google to finally take this step. We definitely feel for any developer who works on this type of software, but it's likely a pain that is unavoidable.
     
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    no big deal. those that are rooted will find ad blocker apps from other sources.
     
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    Oh I wasn't digging at you, just throwing my opinion out there.
     
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    whatever, I didn't even know adblock was on the play store until a few months ago.

    and I stopped using it... big deal, to bad google did this though
     
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    This ftw :biggrin:
     
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    I know you weren't digging. I just thought I would add to the discussion a bit. ;)
     
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    This.
     
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    If you are a rooted user, you know how to side load apps. All this does is stop people from getting it from the Play Store. Plus, a lot of roms have ad blocked baked in so it doesn't matter. Also, if you already have the app on your device, you should be able to download it from the playstore in the future, you just can't search for them if I'm not mistaken.
     
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    Good for you, but myself a rooted/unlocked S3 owner that uses Adaway app, I am extremely disappointed, once you go add free you can never go back, LOL.
     
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    Not sure if this is related but I noticed Speed Booster is gone too. I still have it on my phone but I clicked to rate it and the play store says it can't find it.

    More on topic: anyone who already has an ad blocking app on their device isn't going to be all that affected by this change and I'm sure the apk files will end up on back channel websites.

    I don't mind ads in apps if they're non intrusive and the ad content is not objectionable. But if an app has ads that popup or temporarily limit the usage of the app (like a camera app I tried) then I'll just uninstall it. There has to be a balance.

    On the flip side I think we should still be able to block ads from webpages because they tend to slow down browsing the web especially for those of us still using 3G.
     
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