Google Cuts Ad-blocking Apps On Play Store

  • Violating developer distribution agreement
  • Can be downloaded via different means
  • With removal notifcations

In an unexpected move, Google has removed a number of ad-blocking sites from the Google Play Store yesterday morning on the basis that these apps were found to have violated the company’s Developer Di

  • Violating developer distribution agreement
  • Can be downloaded via different means
  • With removal notifcations

In an unexpected move, Google has removed a number of ad-blocking sites from the Google Play Store yesterday morning on the basis that these apps were found to have violated the company’s Developer Distribution Agreement.

There is no exact data on how many apps were affected by Google’s move but at the very least, the four most popular ad-blocking apps on Google play are no longer available for download. These include Adblock Plus, AdBlocker, AdAway and AdFree.

Shortly after the removal of the apps, Google has sent out notifications to developers saying that these apps have interfered with or accessed another service or product in an unauthorized manner and that this is a violation of the provision of their agreement with Google.

Many of the developers and even some members of the Android app development community views this as the company’s way of preventing developers from interfering with advertising which also happens to be the central source of revenue of the search giant.

However, although such apps have been removed from the Play store, those who have purchased and installed previous versions of the apps will still continue to work. Moreover, developers of the said apps can still distribute their products through other means such as hosting a downloadable .apk file in a website or online repository.

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