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Google Begins Removing Ad-Blocker Apps From Google Play

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Are you the developer of an ad-blocking application or the user of one? Well, Google says, “shame on you!” Today, Google has gone ahead and removed some offending ad-blocker apps from Google Play.

Google cites these applications violate certain terms that developers agree to, by interfering with or accessing another service in an unauthorized manner. It might suck for people who love ad-blockers, but Google can’t have you messing with their revenue stream.

Here is the email Google is sending out to offenders:

This is a notification that your application, Ad Blocker ★ Root ★, with package ID com.jrummy.apps.ad.blocker, has been removed from the Google Play Store.

REASON FOR REMOVAL: Violation of section 4.4 of the Developer Distribution Agreement.

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.

All violations are tracked. Serious or repeated violations of any nature will result in the termination of your developer account, and investigation and possible termination of related Google accounts. If your account is terminated, payments will cease and Google may recover the proceeds of any past sales and/or the cost of any associated fees (such as chargebacks and transaction fees) from you.

If your developer account is still in good standing, you may revise and upload a new instance of the application that is compliant with the developer terms. Before uploading any new applications, please review the Developer Distribution Agreement and Content Policy.

If you feel we have made this determination in error, you can visit this Google Play Help Center article for additional information regarding this removal.

The Google Play Team

Via: @jrummy16

  • Mr Chips

    I can see both sides of this argument, but for me, until all PAID apps dispense with advertising, I will continue to use an ad-blocking hosts file.

    For those that want to keep their hosts file updated with the latest sites to block, here’s an XDA thread that is relevant: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1916098

  • webby

    Amazon App Store

  • S2556

    Good thing I am an Android user and can still get it

  • 1stkorean

    scroogle might lose a nickle if one of their ads is blocked. fuck’em and feed em a hotdog

  • r0lct

    Surprised it took this long.

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    I have jrummys ROM toolbox pro and that has an ad blocker so suck on that Google

    • jeesung

      he said he’s taking it out so don’t take the next update.

      • FelisLachesis

        Thanks for the heads-up there. I actually looked to see if ROM Toolbox Pro was still there, and it was. I wondered how long it would take for Google to catch up to RTBPro, since he’s already on their hit list.

  • trwb

    Does a mobile OS exist that doesn’t data mine its users and make money off ads? I understand a company has to make money but this privacy stuff is getting old. Is there a mobile/tech company that just makes money off of it’s products? btw I am picking up 12 trackers on this site, which is a little much I think.

  • Superdroid

    Adds eat data that I pay for, when Google talks VZW to reinstate unlimited data then I will read all their stupid adds.

  • trwb

    FireFox browser for android has an adblock plus Add-on, no root required

    • pcloadletter

      for now…

  • EP_2012

    Hmmm… according to section 4.4, the follow apps should also be blocked because they violate google’s terms (i.e. interferes with, disrupts, damages, or accesses in an unauthorized manner the devices, servers, networks, or other properties or services of any third party including)

    – cache cleaners (because they interfere with the data from other apps)
    – stock browser (the pop-up blocker is like an ad blocker)
    – Chrome beta, Onavo Extend, Opera Mini, etc. (their data-compression proxy “interferes” with the intended data flow)
    – “reader” apps like pocket, which extract only text from a website, essentially blocking-ads.
    – RSS readers (see above)…

    Looks like Google wants to be a scumbag like Apple with their closed-os….

  • http://www.facebook.com/SushiHuntr Byron Harley

    so they will just publish them in the amazon appstore… like tubemate… right? or I’ll just keep my TiBackup of it … sorry but I’m ok with ads to a certain extent but when they put them right under your thumb where you need to play the game its ridiculous

  • PopeFrancis

    I don’t mind ads in apps as long as there is a paid version without ;)

  • prestone1

    Ads are OK, but colorful bouncing flipping data eating ads are not. Unfortunately that is way to common these days. Till that goes away, hail ad blockers

  • adem

    I don’t mind ads in apps. What I don’t like is when they force an ad on you after every move.

  • http://www.hammertechnologies.net/ Chase Johnson

    lol Ads are stupid, no one clicks on them so they make no money anyways. This is stupid move to remove something as simple as this. Remove your HOSTS files yourself. Or on second thought download the APKs from the devs websites directly.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Why be bothered with annoyingly lame ads when you NEVER click on ‘em? It makes no sense. Do they still earn revenue even if you don’t click on ‘em? I NEVER click on ads, EVER! No disrespect, I just don’t like clicking on ads. It’s a waste of time. If I want to buy something, I’ll go directly to that website directly, and not through the ad itself. Or whatever.

    • sirmeili

      You also get paid for “views”. if you block the “view” by modifying a host file so that the domain goes to an erroneous IP, you are removing the view from the equation, costing them money.

      There are Clicks, and then their are Views. The former generally gets you more money than the latter, but you still get money of the latter.

      • EvanTheGamer

        Ahh, forgot about the views. Okay…well..that makes sense then. Thanks for clearing that up!

  • Joe

    If this was Apple doing this, everyone would be up in arms. Just saying.

    • bromaier

      I mean, I’d be amazed if they allowed them to begin with.

  • prestone1

    I have no issue with ads when they do not interfere with the application, that is commonly not the case. To many colorful bouncing flipping ads for my tastes. Love ad blockers for android and desktop.

  • http://twitter.com/Meleagru Cristian Borsa

    It was just a matter of time.

  • angermeans

    This is what bothers me about Android and makes me worry about it’s future. When the company that creates it is generated by revenue that comes from selling ads to companies (not to the end user) by selling a users data. That is not the best company to have in your corner. Not saying any other company is much better, but very different visions and that says a lot. I love Google and their services as much as the next guy (or gal) in here, but this has always bothered me about Google.

  • Joshua

    Newb question. How can I use Titanium Backup to preserve my ad-blocking app? Freeze it? How does it work exactly?

    • http://www.hammertechnologies.net/ Chase Johnson

      They cant remove/uninstall the app its fine.

  • Droids

    Open. Hahaha

  • Mike Reid

    If the terms say “…interferes with or accesses another service or product in an unauthorized manner.”

    Then I have to agree, ad-blockers are violating those terms.

    The free version of my app used to have ads 1.5 years ago, but I quickly found out ads are useless for anything but mass market apps.

    I’m OK with the existence of ad blockers. I don’t use one myself, but probably would if I wasn’t trying to “set an example” as a commercial app dev who knows how hard it is to make a living writing apps.

  • Evan Whitaker

    I’m really ok with this one. Devs need to get paid and for some apps it just makes sense to use ads. Personally I would much rather pay outright for an app than see ads. I only really question or get annoyed when I pay for an app and get ads too. I’m old enough to remember when the point of paying for cable TV was that it didn’t have ads. That was the day. AT&T owned all the phones then too. Total first world problems. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/mikedotdunham mike dunham

    Bummer, I use the JRummy ROM Toolbox Pro which has that functionality, might not update my version if asked now.

  • TheCheapGamer

    I kid you not, I was just going to re-install my ad block.

  • xxdesmus

    Rather pointless Google. You’re just pissing people off while not actually stopping people from doing this.

    • Peter Henkel

      ^THIS^

      • Austin Warren

        Just the most ignorant people i’ve ever come across.

      • stabone

        They’re really only going to piss off the rooters, nothing more, and we don’t make up the majority of Android. Google won’t be phased. lol.

        • Joey

          Rooters will be fine….side load….done

          • stabone

            I have no problem sideloading, and plan on it. It just makes it slightly a hassle if you don’t have the apk ready at hand.

          • JoshGroff

            Doing a Google search for the apk is a hassle now? Since when?

  • Stewie

    I’m not opposed to paying for an ad-free version, but it’s kinda like hulu: You purchase a subscription, yet you are still made to watch commericals, after you have and continue to pay them. There are some that fall into this category, if you are going to remove ad blockers, then paid apps that still foist data draining ads for the dev should also go.

    • Evan T

      I have been an android user since the G1 and I don’t think I have ever seen a paid app with ads. And I have downloaded and paid for quite a few of them.

      • faceless128

        there have been some paid apps that converted to being free and people who previously paid got ads. that’s all i can think of…

      • Zooropa

        Song pop has ads in the paid version…less ads but still there nonetheless

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1443641660 Jason Lee

      yea i agree with that, a few security apps i have downloaded in the past have ads even though they are paid for, as well some mobile tv stations, however i generally do not pay for apps any more i just download free ones so i expect there to be ads, but if u dont click then its generally no issue just an extra second or 2 loading time

  • Ibrick

    Wow, they got to all the good ones quick.

    All the apps will just be moved to XDA so not really a big deal, but still.. Low blow Google!

    • http://twitter.com/jamdev12 jamdev12

      What will be bad if they decide to not let you install apps from unknown sources. If it comes to that, then I’m done with Android.

      • http://www.hammertechnologies.net/ Chase Johnson

        That would kill almost all Developers. Not being able to test apps without buying into the Publishing deal.

  • KOBALT

    Cue custom ROM Friday

  • http://twitter.com/shinuyuki Ashton Sloane

    side load..who cares lol

  • Austin Warren

    People complaining have no clue how some people actually made money. Without ads they wouldn’t be anything. So being so damn ignorant.

    • Tim242

      And people like you enjoy ads blocking content on webpages.

      • Austin Warren

        If it means someone is getting paid for their work, then so be it. This place wouldn’t be around without them.

        • Gaurav Chandiramani

          I support your view Austin. You’re absolutely right.
          It was pretty obvious that something like this was going to happen, it was only a matter of time. I don’t understand why some people are so surprised

          • Peter Henkel

            Not surprised, just pissed off.

        • http://twitter.com/JohnnyACE562 GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

          Hope you don’t have a data cap. {{-_-}}

    • George L

      “So being so damn ignorant.”

      The irony of that statement is completely lost on you, isn’t it? (I was going to quote the rest of your post, but I heard all the English teachers I’ve ever had in my life literally start weeping in my head and it distracted me to the point that I just couldn’t do such a horrible thing as that and further perpetuate such grammatical ignorance.)

      • Austin Warren

        Here comes the grammar nazis. Good thing I don’t really give a fu*k about grammar. I’m not writing a professional statement. But glad that it’s so important to you.

        • George L

          Here COME the grammar Nazis. And is it really so wrong to expect people to learn to write and speak correctly? Heaven forbid!

          But I was posting more about the irony of your statement. As in you stating, “So being damn ignorant,” while coming off that way yourself due to your improper use of the English language. The grammar Nazi part is just icing on the irony cake.

          • Austin Warren

            Trolls are so damn annoying.

          • George L

            “Glad you take the time to make sure I WRITE a grammatically correct written statement, when nobody gives a flying fu*k.”

            And obviously you don’t give a flying fu*k, but some people do. I’m one of them. Therefore, not only are you ignorant (as far as proper use of the English language is concerned) but you’re also wrong in stating that nobody cares.

            Would you like to stop now? Or should I continue correcting your every reply? Every type you post online I bet an English teacher commits seppuku.

          • LionStone

            Many of us still care, you know, being able to fly through the comments without having to backtrack and decipher what the hell you are trying to say!

          • Joey

            Well said. Grammar aficionados unite!

          • Joey

            Agreed. When are you planning to stop?

        • Peter Henkel

          Here come grammar illiterates.

        • Joey

          Your first post will have the trolls full for a while.

  • http://twitter.com/ranwanimator Randall Wanamaker

    I suppose the next question is, will Google remove already installed adblockers if they were installed through the play store?

    • Joey

      No

  • http://www.facebook.com/bmyton Ben Myton

    Section 4.4 is pretty clear…

  • JohnPA2006

    I just cover the parts of my phones screen that have ads with yellow sticky notes.
    Problem solved. but now I cant see anything???? (har har har, I made a funny)
    AdBlock Plus FTW !!!

  • Tim242

    Can’t take them out of ROM’s : )

  • bose301s

    I can confirm that AdBlock Android is gone from the Play Store.

  • http://www.dsaif.com/ Saif

    Devs have the right to earn money. Most of the devs usually have a paid app so pay for them if ads bother you.

    • Tim242

      This isn’t just about ads in apps. Ads on webpages, YouTube, ect

      • JetBlue

        Same thing still.

      • RedPandaAlex

        So only web developers/content creators don’t deserve to get paid?

    • Dain Laguna

      i agree with this. we cant complain about crappy apps on android versus ios if we arent willing to pay for a quality app.

      i’m all for it.

    • EFFFFFF

      Words with Friends wants $15 dollars to remove adds. Are you kidding me??

      • faceless128

        so uninstall it.

        • Meh2

          And use what? What app do we force our friends to play in its place because we’re not stupid enough to pay so much to remove banner ads and ad popups but THEY are?

          You see where I’m going with this?

          • http://twitter.com/jcardona1 jcardona

            Wordfeud.

          • faceless128

            “You see where I’m going with this?”

            hopefully to a place where you can find better friends.

          • avinyc

            Not a comment directly towards you, but to those that feel a paid app is overpriced. Get a job, pay for app, and enjoy it ad-free. If you have time to play but not to pay, maybe you should re-evaluate priorities.

        • slider112

          Nah. I’ll just block the ads. But thanks for the suggestion. Hadn’t thought of that.

      • Executor 32

        No, the $15 is for removing ads AND having unlimited uses of the $3 ‘cheat’ items. If you just want to remove ads, it’s only $3, not that I think that’s any better for a game as simple as WwF.

        • Zooropa

          As much as I hate ads if it’s a free app I expect to deal with them to some degree as long as it isn’t excessively intrusive. If I really like the app I’ll pay a reasonable amount to get rid of the ads. In regards to free apps that don’t have a paid version available it depends on how intrusive the ads are. If they take a up a large portion of the screen at inopportune times I’ll quit using the app.

  • Dat Nguyen

    Not a fan of ads, but what did we expect from a company who’s core business is based on ad revenue? If i owned Google I would do the same.

  • John Burke

    Good, about time.
    Thank you Google.
    Having an App that hinders the ability for Devs to make revenue from their work is just evil…especially the paid ad-blockers!
    If you don’t want ads, shell out the money to purchase it. Simple as that.

    • Peter Henkel

      Not only I’ll start giving 1-star to every app with adds, but I’ll start downloading
      them from different places. If this is what Google really wants, I’m
      completely fine with it.

      • http://twitter.com/webtwoohno Jack

        You’re absolutely right. All developers should invest their time into an app, and you should always get it absolutely free, and the way you want it. Way to go you entitled prick.

      • GTIguy

        You’re pretty ignorant. A developer spends time creating an app that they will give to your for free and you’re going to rate them 1 star because they put in “ads” that enable you to get the app for free? I wonder what you would say if every app was a paid app? Get a clue or move to iOS.

        • Peter Henkel

          Ads are price as well. A price that completely destroys comfort while using app. So it’s not free and I WILL give 1-star for such price anytime and anywhere.

      • Dain Laguna

        how about instead of pirating apps, you actually just get the paid version? people like you are the reason why the play store lags behind ios in certain instances and why developers dont want to develop for the platform.

        • Joey

          Blocking ads has been a privilege of the technical elite, let us whine for a while.

          Devs will see no change in revenue, techies will still side load blockers and average joes will still churn the ad revenue machine. Its more of an inconvenience now than anything.

    • Tim242

      You must not see annoying ads on webpages that move around blocking content. This has little to do with ads in apps

    • Big_EZ

      Not all apps have a paid ad free version. I do prefer ads over the freemium model though. No matter how good an app is, if it has IAP I immediately uninstall it, give me ads or a paid in full app.

      • Evan Whitaker

        True that. I have yet to see an app with IAP that was so compellingly good that I needed to keep it. That’s a truly irritating sales model IMO.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001874922537 Will Frame

      Except there isn’t always a paid version and that’s becoming more common as time goes on.

      • sirmeili

        Most likely because “most” people will just get the free ad based app instead. So, the user base as a whole has spoken and developers have listened. People for the most part want ad based over paid (at least on Android where people don’t tend to buy apps).

  • madmike318

    just grab apk online?? problem solved??

  • Chris Beidelman

    Most of the AdBlocker apps I have seen modify your HOSTS file. So how could they directly interfere with another product or service?

    • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

      By creating an erroneous record in hosts that lies to that application about where it needs to go to retreive online data.

      • http://twitter.com/sqlrob Rob

        The hosts file is canonical. It’s not erroneous.

    • http://twitter.com/AddisonTodd Addison Todd

      They interfere with Google serving you ads and making money, so they’re referring to Google Services, I imagine.

  • KB Smoka

    Obviously they have to do this but there are so many ways around it

  • JBartcaps

    How else will Google make money? I think they have every right to do this

    • Justin Winker

      I agree completely. I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner, and though I dislike how some ads are implemented, if I don’t pay for the app, I’m expecting there to be a revenue-generating something within the app. I’d rather have ads than a Freemium model any day.

      • http://twitter.com/jamdev12 jamdev12

        Thing is there are some apps that are not paid apps. They are only free because of this. If the developer would take sometime and set another version of the app for those who are willing to pay, sure, but if all you get is an ad supported version of the app and that is it, well … you know where I’m going.

        • faceless128

          so either leave the ads alone or don’t use the app?

          i would love to buy a paid version of Deep List, but it doesn’t exist. i just use the app anyway.

          • Meh2

            “Leave the ads alone”

            That’s not the problem here. The problem is a lot of the ads used are incredibly obtrusive and irritating.

            A lot of them are positioned so you WILL click on them no matter what.

            As much as devs complain about us users being pirates, they’re being dishonest by forcing users to click on their ads just the same.

          • faceless128

            “or don’t use the app”

            context.

            if an app is shady enough that you are IRRITATED or the ads are positioned so that you WILL click on them.

            manage applications -> remove app

            simple process.

          • Brian Sargent

            Or just get an ad blocker. Thanks for the tip on how to uninstall apps!

        • Joe

          The problem with going with a paid version of an app is the whole one time fee thing. Just like any software, apps require development time and sometimes some sort of ongoing cost to the developer (ie. streaming apps, apps requiring access to some database, license fees, etc.).

          One time fees for lifetime support isn’t very lucrative.

    • Droidzilla

      The apps were a violation of the ToS, plain and simple. Sideload it, but don’t expect an app to be in the Play store that violates the Play store’s terms. I see no issue here.

      • Cowboydroid

        It was only a matter of time…we all saw it coming.

    • TheCheapGamer

      I use Chrome with ad blockers and Google is an ad based company…

    • http://www.hammertechnologies.net/ Chase Johnson

      How many ads have you clicked on? Not seen but actually clicked. Apps that use ads dont get money from having you look at it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/SushiHuntr Byron Harley

        the main app that I click is TheChive… the arrow keys to scroll thru the pictures slides up and you end up clicking on the ad instead of going to the next photo… ad block fixes that

        • DieGrammatikNazi

          KCCO

    • chadstone30

      I also am worried about Google’s ability to make money.

  • Nexus_FrEak

    Rightfully so… Google along with thousands of other developers work hard on these things.

    • zwade

      Edit: Replied to wrong person

    • Peter Henkel

      I’ll just start giving 1-star to every app with ads.

      • nexusplay

        Don’t be stupid.

        • Peter Henkel

          It’s their free will to put ads to their applications. And it’s my free will to call b*llsh*t on that decision.

          • Nexus_FrEak

            If a paid version is available then buy… No need to cheat developers…

          • Peter Henkel

            IF it’s available and IF it doesn’t have ridiculously high price.

          • Dain Laguna

            to be fair, nothing is ‘ridiculously high’ in the play store. but rovio getting called out is rightful. if i paid for angry birds, it should be ad free

          • Peter Henkel

            I was referring to Rovio because of their HD versions of games, which are the same as non HD, just supposedly be optimized for tablets. And they want 2,69 EUR for them. Yeah, right, dream on.

          • Dain Laguna

            i’ve seen people complain about the ad’s, though i dont think i’ve actually seen them in my hd versions

          • Peter Henkel

            Read again what I wrote. You missed the point.

          • Nexus_FrEak

            Fair enough!

          • Lord_Vader1941

            Define “ridiculously high price” $1? $2? even $5? You will go to movie and pay to watch said movie and own no product. You will go to a coffee shop or a convenience store and buy a froofy drink and yet, still own no product. People who complain about how an app cost too much when it’s less than the cost of your Circle K or Starbucks trip is what is truly ridiculous.

          • Peter Henkel

            $6,48 for an app? You’re joking. For that money I can make lunch!

          • Orange Julius

            make lunch and save, Average cost of going out to lunch is $10 you saved $3.52. Now you can afford that $3 app and still have some left over.

          • nexusplay

            So if the app is great, but it has some unobtrusive ads you will give it a one-star rating? You don’t have to kill their rating just because you don’t agree with how they monetize it. Maybe tell the developer they should offer a paid ad-free version, or just mention in your review that you don’t like the ads.
            I don’t actually expect you to do what you say, because well that is extremely childish and I know it will change as your anger fades away.

          • Peter Henkel

            Tell that to Rovio…

          • GTIguy

            And it’s my free will to call you a moron and say that I’m ashamed that we share the same OS.

          • http://twitter.com/JohnnyACE562 GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

            I’m with you, brother. {{-_-}}

      • JBartcaps

        Relax, ads aren’t going to kill you….yet

        • Peter Henkel

          But they will kill my enjoyment using apps. I’m not interested in watching adds, never was and never will be. Furthermore, I do NOT want to be distracted while using apps, even more so by idiotic ads.

      • Evan T

        But what will the developers live on if you take away their stars?!

        • Peter Henkel

          Not my problem.

          • Dain Laguna

            then you have no more good apps in the playstore. dont say you hate ads, and that if there is a viable paid alternative, refuse to pay it because its ‘too high’

          • Peter Henkel

            5 EUR for a video player IS too high.

          • iblockadswith_etc_hosts

            I just started 1 starring all the apps with ad’s with you and even downloaded apps I know have ad’s just so I could 1 star them and cancel the download

  • slider112

    Commence sideloading in 3…2…1…

    • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

      LOL, the fun of Android over IOS. All Google is doing is saying they are not going to be enablers.

      • EvanTheGamer

        LOL!

      • Beher1962

        my classmate’s step-sister makes $69 an hour on the computer. She has
        been fired from work for eight months but last month her pay was $16562
        just working   ­   ­  ­ &shyA­s­­&shyk­2­5&shy.­&shyc­­o­m­ ­   ­   ­    ­

    • Ray

      Amen to that! haha

    • Tom

      The people who use these ad blocking apps are the reason why some developers don’t bother with Android.

      • Cowboydroid

        The people that use these are rooted…which is a still a small percentage of Android users. So unless you’re admitting that some developers are still ignorant about Android and don’t bother to do any research, then no, this does not affect development of Android.

        • Mitch

          There are some ad blocking apps that don’t require root…

          • Jesus

            Yup, especially on pre-Honeycomb devices.

      • Tim Buchanan

        Actually that’s a really good point. I think ad blocking apps are kind of selfish. It’s like saying, “I want the free app, but I alone am too special to have to view the ads that make it free.”

        • Smith

          Google should provide or someone should figure out an a way to detect ad blocking. I’m all for devs autoclosing or limiting features when ad blocking is detected.

          • Pickles

            I’m perfectly fine with devs detecting ad blocking and limiting their app as a reaponse.

      • MIke

        It’s lame that devs get complaints (email, 1 star reviews, slander on the internet, etc.) because you have ads no matter where they’re placed.

        • michael arazan

          I don’t mind ads on a free app but when those ads Force close the app when I open it, and interfere with me using the app, or take up over a 1/3 of the screen to use the app then I have a problem with it. I.e. angry birds ads now take up over 1/3 of the screen screwing up the game completely by not being able to see what you are doing and touching the add constantly to play.
          I buy apps if they have a paid version to get rid of the ads, and have donated in the past when it was free. But some don’t have a paid version of the app and others fill it with so many ads it renders it useless.

      • Jonathan

        Ya, what happened to supporting devs? Seems like many here just don’t.

      • P. Belmont

        I wonder how much more money Droid-Life would get if the thieves on here turned off ad blocking.

      • avinyc

        Yea, it’s an android problem because ios doesn’t have ad blocking apps too…

        • Av3ngeme

          Well that’s the dumbest thing I’ve heard all day, why don’t you try typing in “iOS ad blocking app” into google, should get at least a half dozen apps for adblocking. Try again.

          • avinyc

            That’s why I wrote that in reply to the first post. My apologies for the missing /s but sarcasm was implied.

    • pcloadletter

      This. Besides, this make Google look good for their advertisers and still allows power users to customize. Next step, block sideloading…

  • ßen Murphy

    Titanium Backup is your best friend today.

    • kervation

      You are absolutely correct!

  • Daniel

    So glad I haven’t downloaded AdAway in ages, always just restore my TiBu backup ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=775583284 Anthony Atchley

    yup… adaway aint on there anymore

  • nightscout13

    And so begins the end of Google’s “OPEN” Operating System

    • Izzz

      What does this have anything to do with the openness of Android?

      • nightscout13

        Apple sensors and deletes hundreds of apps, simply because they don’t like them. That is a closed system. Android is headed towards that direction.

        • Izzz

          Cause Apple’s appstore is the only way of getting apps on iOS. Google Play Store is not part of Android and you can still sideload apps if you want.

        • Austin Warren

          try to remove that extra chromosome.

    • Justin Winker

      No. You can do anything within reason on the operating system, but the Play Store is not part of AOSP, therefore, it is not bound by the terms of an Open Source program like Android is, and therefore, Google can block apps at will. I haven’t read their ToS (nor do I intend to) for distributing apps via the Play Store, but I guarantee there are quite a few apps that shouldn’t be on the store at all.

    • Dave

      The Play Store is not open nor an operating system. Pretty sure you can still restore from back up or side load one of these apps.

      • nightscout13

        Play Store is part of Android. IF they can sensor these type of apps, you can be sure they will start with other “offenders” too

        • Dave

          I think you’re confusing ecosystem with operating system. Two completely different things. Google can curate their Play Store any way they wish as set according to their established ToS.

        • devator22

          No, it’s not. Play store is an app, completely separate from the base Android OS

        • John Burke

          If they violate the rules they violate the rules.
          “Open” doesn’t mean “completely without rules”.

        • athom07

          Play store is not a part of Android….

        • Tim242

          No it is not. Gapps are not part of Android. OEM’s have to license them from Google

        • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

          Of course the play store is not part of Android, its an installed application. You dont see the play store on the Kindle do you?

        • Dain Laguna

          play store is just a media platform for google. i can access stuff from the playstore on my pc. android apps are just a part of it….not the other way around

    • T4rd

      That would only be true if they restricted the ability to install apps from unknown sources.

    • nexusplay

      No, just no.

    • Austin Warren

      Removing ad blockers means it’s not open? shut up.

      • Tim242

        I wish I could block you…

        • Austin Warren

          So taking away money from people that it’s entitles too is right? I guess we should take around peoples rights. Their freedom. Their everything because you can’t have it your way.

          • Ibrick

            I think they get paid regardless of whether the ad pops up or is blocked.
            it’s not hurting anyone’s wallet except for the companies paying to advertise, but somehow I think they’ll survive..
            Probably takes more money away from the devs of ad blocking apps, actually.

          • Tim242

            I guess you never record shows on a DVR and FF through commercials? Yeah, OK. I’m not opposed to ads. But, all too often they can be intrusive

          • Joey

            This isn’t Burger King :)

            For real though, when can we get you into some English classes?