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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Tony Swash
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2009-08-22

Isn't the issue this: Android is touted as being more 'open' than iOS giving more choice to end users. This move reduces choice. If Android users want to deploy ad blocker why can't they, it's their choice of how they want to use their 'open' device.

According to Till Faida, co-founder of Adblock Plus,

"Google has crossed a red line by removing the app" and "is placing business interests ahead of user interests."

"Isn't Android an open system?" he asked. "We are not interfering with any other apps. We are providing choice. The user should be in charge of what services may access their device - not Google."

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Isn't the issue this: Android is touted as being more 'open' than iOS giving more choice to end users. This move reduces choice. If Android users want to deploy ad blocker why can't they, it's their choice of how they want to use their 'open' device.


After this decision, Android users still have a choice to install what they want on their device.

http://www.osnews.com/permalink?555428

According to Till Faida, co-founder of Adblock Plus,

"Google has crossed a red line by removing the app" and "is placing business interests ahead of user interests."

"Isn't Android an open system?" he asked. "We are not interfering with any other apps. We are providing choice. The user should be in charge of what services may access their device - not Google."


Android is still an open system. Users are still in charge of what services run on their Android systems.

They only thing being restricted here is the offerings on the Google Play store. Google have every right to dictate what is and is not offered on Google Play.

Unlike iOS and Windows Phone, Android was not, and still is not, a walled garden. Users may still, very easily, install software other than what Google offers on Google play. There is only one setting users need to enable:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EPuK1DQlFz0/Tbt2KgZoRMI/AAAAAAAAAoQ/Bx6oD...

http://droidlessons.com/how-to-install-non-market-third-party-apps-...

Edited 2013-03-15 06:19 UTC

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Trust an Apple fanboy not to read the article and draw their own conclusions instead.

1) Users can still install adblockers - legally, legitimately and without too much fuss. All that's happened is Google have removed it from their specific app store.

2) How can you even compare Android to iOS then follow with a statement about how Google are putting their business interests first. Apple are several orders of magnitude more strict that Google and app developers and users a whole plethora of additional concessions they have to make to use Apple's ecosystems (additional developer charges, tighter vendor lock ins, stricter rules on their app store, etc). And then you have the absurd patent feuds that Apple have started; <sarcasm> but obvious suing their competition into oblivion is for the benefit of the users and not a business decision at all. </sarcasm>

Edited 2013-03-15 09:39 UTC

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