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Google removes adblocking app for Samsung’s internet browser

It was only a couple of days ago that Samsung announced an update for its internet browser that added an adblocking API thus allowing third-party adblocking apps to tap into the API and block ads on Samsung Internet. Ad Block Fast was Samsung’s launch partner for this feature and it quickly racked up tens of thousands of downloads in a few days before Google unceremoniously removed it from the Play Store. Ad Block Fast developers received an email from Google which said that the app violated section 4.4 of the Developer Distribution Agreement and that’s why Ad Block Fast has been disabled as a “policy strike.”

Section 4.4 of the Developer Distribution Agreement states that developers will not build an app that “interferes with, disrupts, damages, or accesses in an unauthorized manner the devices, servers, networks, or other properties or services of any third party including, but not limited to, Android users, Google or any mobile network operator.” Ad Block Fast doesn’t exactly do this since it’s using a Samsung API to block ads within a particular app however the adblocking app does technically “disrupt” web pages and perhaps that’s why Google decided to go ahead with this policy strike.

It’s worth noting that similar Samsung Internet extensions from Adblock Plus and Crystal are still live on the Play Store but it’s likely that they haven’t popped up on Google’s radar yet because they’ve not made it to the top of the charts. Google has not commented on this removal so it can’t really be said for sure if and when the Ad Block Fast adblocking extension for Samsung Internet will become available again. While we’re on the subject of adblocking here’s why you should add SamMobile to your adblocker’s whitelist.

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matus201
matus201

I just want Samsung add support for phones without marshmallow

harinsheth
harinsheth

I called google CEO and told him to remove that app.
Coz it may low down the earning of sammobile which was co-founded by me.

AquilaSol
AquilaSol

Of course they did. 85% of Google’s revenue comes from their advertising system. Google sells adspace.

Just use Firefox, which has Adblock plus in its plugin store (the original, for free.). It also supports Flash, which you can download off the Adobe site as a legacy file.

Or Dolphin. (You’ll need to download Adblock for dolphin as an apk.)

Ionut Ciprian
Ionut Ciprian

Every good Adblocker was removed from Play Store. I think there is a financial reason behind all this. Google want us to see ads, and we hate them.
I can say that this app is amazing, less ram and battery usage. So i will make a backup for future devices or in case of a factory reset.

mada222
mada222

I will wait it in galaxy apps

sanayp
sanayp

The developers should put the ad blocking apps on Samsung Galaxy Apps Store in stead of play store as it a Samsung thing not relating to other manufacture devices

Solun
Solun

Exactly! I don´t have an ad blocker even on my PC but I hate this move from google. Of course they don´t like it, Samsung is a nr. 1 phone manufacturer so google has tons of cash flowing in from them. The ad blocker stops that.