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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rklrkl
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2005-07-06

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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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

That's probably down to the change of management. Rubin might have turned a blind eye to it (in the interest of keeping an open platform), where as Pichai who has now stepped in might be stamping his authority on the project (as many managers do in the first few weeks of their new job).

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