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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 on Mar 20, 2013 12:33 pm CDT - 0 mins, 47 secs reading time

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.

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

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.

Charles Gantt

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Charles Gantt

A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.


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