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Old 27. Nov 2012, 01:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking Finally, AdBlock Plus for Android [no root required]

If you have an Android device you must know how annoying and intrusive some app's "AdMob" strategy can get. The only way to get rid of these ads so far was limited to users with rooted phones . The recently launched AdBlock Plus (v1.0 - for Android 2.1 and up) has changed that by giving the chance to get rid of ads to non-rooted devices. Just note that its functionality varies with the Android version you are using and the device's status (rooted=more options; non-rooted=less options).

You can get the app from the PlayStore and learn how to configure it by using the official guide.

Give it a try.
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Old 27. Nov 2012, 02:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice I just might try it.
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Old 27. Nov 2012, 03:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for this IO.Hazard!

The cons as I see them:
- Yet another app that starts automatically
- You cannot get rid of the notification icon.
I may be tempted to give it a try if I get fed-up of the ads.

BTW, is it just another app that'll work regardless of which browser you use, or do you have to install it like browser extensions for Windows?
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Old 27. Nov 2012, 03:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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BTW, is it just another app that'll work regardless of which browser you use, or do you have to install it like browser extensions for Windows?
It is an app that works on a system level, therefore it should block all incoming ads no matter where they come from or what kind of app you are using. Good news is you can adjust it to fit your preferences since it includes a list of filters just like the windows version.

Just in case, you can disable the "launch at boot" option if you don't want it to start automatically... And yes, you cannot disable the notification icon yet.
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Old 27. Nov 2012, 08:05 AM   #5 (permalink)
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i use adaway (needs root), it doesn't need to startup on boot or run in background, run it once to mod the host files the close it and it sticks, at least for me
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i use adaway (needs root), it doesn't need to startup on boot or run in background, run it once to mod the host files the close it and it sticks, at least for me
Well, as I wrote earlier, people with rooted phones have plenty of options to choose from in order to block ads.

Unfortunately, people who don't have a rooted device had no choice at all. That's the reason why I mentioned AdBlock Plus as it is the first and the only app (to my knowledge) that provides free ad-blocking to users with non-rooted devices.

Besides, we must consider that this is the initial version of this app for Android. So, certainly, it will improve with future versions based on the user's feedback.
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Old 27. Nov 2012, 12:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for alerting about this app
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Old 27. Nov 2012, 12:36 PM   #8 (permalink)
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You're welcome Anupam! I thought that our entire Android community (especially friends with non-rooted devices) should know about it.
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Unfortunately I don't think I can use it. My phone uses Android 2.3.5 and I cannot find how to set the proxy server to localhost.
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Unfortunately I don't think I can use it. My phone uses Android 2.3.5 and I cannot find how to set the proxy server to localhost.
Yes, proxy settings are not accessible in most Android 2.x stock ROMs, but it doesn't mean you cannot enjoy AdBlock Plus. Try installing Proxy Settings from the play store. It is free and doesn't requiere root access. Best of it? All the changes you make are permament, so you can uninstall the app without loosing your config.
Just don't forget to read its disclaimer

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