Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Mar 2013 10:26 UTC
Google In all honesty, this has taken far longer than I anticipated. Google, the world's largest internet advertising company, has removed several popular ad-blocking tools from the Play Store. While they are technically in the right to do so - they violate the Play Store developer distribution agreement - it's still a bit of a dick move. Luckily, though, unlike some other platforms, you can easily sideload the adblockers onto your Android device.
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RE: Comment by Nelson
by Laurence on Thu 14th Mar 2013 12:31 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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This is of course a sound decision by Google, if developers do not have ad revenue protected, they will simply charge for all their apps.

However it is cold water for a lot of people, because they're not used to Google putting their foot down every once in a while. It is only annoying if you consider that they allow every piece of garbage into the Android Marketplace, but somehow Ad Blockers are beyond the pale.


I think the issue is that people assume Android is an open platform because it's open source. When in fact Google remove apps more often than I think people realise. (one of the removals that annoyed me was when the retro games console emulators were taken down).

Thinking a little more, another issue might be that Google tends to remove apps after it's been in the store for a while; where as Apple deny apps before it hits their store. Does anyone else notice / agree with this trend?

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