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Adblock Plus circumvents Google Play Store ban by making app update through the web

Adblock Plus now back on Android via direct download, updates independent of Google Play
By: Charles Gantt | Apps News | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 5:33 pm

A few days ago Anthony reported on Adblock Plus being removed from the Google Play Store. The ban was implemented on the grounds that ad blocking software interferes with other apps functionality and therefore breaks Google's TOS.




Today we got word from the developers behind Adblock Plus that they have retooled the app and users may now download it directly from their website. In addition to this, the Adblock Plus team has also circumvented the need to update through the Google Play store.


The new app features a new UI, fixed some issues with Chrome, implemented automatic updating and fixed issues with URLs that contain apostrophes. While I do not advocate the use of ad blockers, I fully believe that everyone has the right to use them. Some websites survive solely on advertising and those Google AdSense ads and others that you are blocking are the reason that website is able to bring you content.


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