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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I can understand Google's stance on this, but I just looked at the earliest date in AdAway's github and the license/readme was put in place on 30th June 2011! So the app has been around for ages and probably had been on the Google Play store for well over a year I suspect.

By allowing such ad blockers to exist for a long period when Google is now claiming they violated the T&C's (which they do) really shows up how sloppy Google are at actually detecting and removing such violating apps.

I think the worst thing is that both the end-users and the app authors assume that if a certain type of app remains on the Google Play store for a long time without being pulled, then it's not unreasonable to assume that it doesn't violate the T&C's.

Everyone gets to using that type of app for a year or more, causing the furore to be much greater when Google finally decide that the class of app *does* violate the T&Cs. Shoddy work Google - if these non-malware violators can "survive" on the store for extended periods, you wonder if malware violators are being overlooked too.

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