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Old 14. Mar 2013, 07:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation No more ad-blocking apps for your Android device

Google has cleaned its Play Store from all ad-blocking apps that were lying around (yep, you read it right, all of them).

So, no matter whether you have a rooted device or not, you won't be able to update your current ad-blocking app through the Play Store nor fresh-install them (in case you didn't have one installed but wanted to).

The official reason Google gave to the developers was:
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"After a regular review we have determined that your app interferes with or accesses another service or product in an unauthorized manner. This violates the provision of your agreement with Google referred to above,"
Thankfully, you should be able to get them from their respective developers if you want to install them.

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http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-575...m-google-play/
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Old 14. Mar 2013, 07:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's reassuring though that Google is taking steps to protect users from unauthorized activity, rather than protecting their own $$$revenue stream.

Pity they didn't adopt a similar policy to protect users of their Google Compare service and street car snooping.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11...dentity_theft/
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/251949/F
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Old 14. Mar 2013, 02:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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sad that google did this, trying to turn the users into its products to sell... guess what happened to facebook will happen to google :S just when I thought google+ was taking a turn for the better too, guess I can stick without social sites instead of jumping over to google+ though I liked it lol
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Pity they didn't adopt a similar policy to protect users of their Google Compare service and street car snooping.
Interesting pair of links you posted up there MC, thanks!

I suppose many users are looking for these apps around the web, so I though I should post the official download links for each app. (Visit them using your mobile browser).

AdBlockPlus https://adblockplus.org/en/android-about. APK located under the "Installation" part (no root needed). Reading this post may help you.

AdFree: http://adfree.bigtincan.com/ (root required)

AdAway: https://code.google.com/p/ad-away/ (root required)

Just remember that you must have the "allow app installs from unknown sources" option checked before trying to install them.
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thanks iohazard for posting them links, i already have adfree but this is useful for other users, my galaxy is un-useable without an adblocker because the screen is so small the ads were taking up too much of the screen and i was always clicking them by mistake . I'm actually really hopping mad with google the moment because this Picasa Uploader is showing as an installed system app on my phone today ( it was never there before) my phone hardly has any memory as it is so i'm not happy google have just put this on my phone whether i want it or not, look at the reviews for it i'm not the only one who's unhappy and the worse of it is the app isn't even compatible with my phone. In my opinion if a company puts something useless on your device and you didn't ask for and don't want it's a virus or at least malware.
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Old 23. Mar 2013, 01:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i was just thinking i have adfree but maybe its not there now i'm off to look , if its gone ( which i have a feeling it will be) how do i go about putting it back on my phone , do i download the file from the link and just put the file on my phone/tablet? , if so where do i put the file in my phone/ tablet?
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Old 23. Mar 2013, 10:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i was just thinking i have adfree but maybe its not there now i'm off to look , if its gone ( which i have a feeling it will be) how do i go about putting it back on my phone , do i download the file from the link and just put the file on my phone/tablet? , if so where do i put the file in my phone/ tablet?
Hi Juxxize,

AdFree is officially gone (just like the other ones) so you'll not find it in the Play Store.

If you want to have a backup copy of the latest AdFree APK (0.8.48) just download it from the link provided above. If you're using the stock browser the file will be saved in the "Downloads" folder by default (unless you've changed it). Once downloaded, you can use a file manager to move the APK file anywhere you want (or create a specific folder like "APK Backups") and then install it.

Since you're using AdFree I'm assuming your phone is rooted, so I think the best option would be to download and install the latest AdFree APK. After that, download and install Titanium Backup (a must have app if you're a Superuser, IMO). From there you can make a full backup (APK+data) of the app and restore it whenever you want.

Please let me know if you require any further assistance. I'll be glad to help you.
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Old 23. Mar 2013, 11:54 PM   #8 (permalink)
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so if i download the 'AdFree APK' i can just pop in anywhere on my phone , what i mean is it doesn't need to go in a special named folder or a system folder or anything? then i just open it / install it. yep i'm rooted , adblocking was one of the reasons i did root my phone i don't mind ads but like i said before when you only have a little screen they take up too much real estate on my screen and i was always clicking them by mistake.
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