Google bans Ad Blockers from Google Play Store
After the most unlikely move of retiring the Google Reader, Google has now started banning ad blockers from the Google Pay Store which hosts applications for Andriod.
According to first hand sources
, Google has removed ad blockers like Adblock Plus, AdAway or Ad Blocker and are no longer available in the Play Store.
The following section of the Play Store Developer Distribution Agreement
was cited as the reason for that by Google:
Quote:4.4 Prohibited Actions. You agree that you will not engage in any activity with the Market, including the development or distribution of Products, 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. You may not use customer information obtained from the Market to sell or distribute Products outside of the Market.
It simply means that any app should not "interfere with another service or product in an unauthorized manner
When you try and open the applications on Google Play you receive the notification that the url was not found on the server, as in the image provided above.
What about existing users ?
The existing users of the ad blockers are able to use it without any problem except that they will no longer receive the updates automatically and so should be done manually.
How can I install them now ?
The blockers have to be installed from the respective author's website or any other Stores.
Google’s main intention seems clear. It is first and foremost an advertising company, and users who use ad blockers reduce the revenue that ads generate on Android. With ad blockers being banned, ads are shown to more Android users and as a consequence, Google’s revenue from that increases.
Posted by Martin Brinkmann
Although, Chrome Web Store seems not affected as of this writing.
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