Store, Android’s latest ad blocker has been removed for violating rudimentary developer
guidelines. Called Adblock Fast, the plug-in from startup
Rocketship Apps is
widely believed to have worked
within Samsung’s mobile browser. All thanks to a partnership with the phone manufacturer,
which opened an API this week allowing third-party developers to construct
content blocking features for the
preinstalled Samsung Internet app.
developer Brian Kennish, Google says Adblock Fast violates section 4.4 of
of its Developer Distribution Agreement, and this doesn’t allow apps or plugins
obtainable through the Play Store from “prying” or “unsettling”
devices, networks, or services of third parties. According to report which was
gathered from close source, Google confirmed that it did remove Adblock Fast,
but would not elucidate the reasons why the content blocker was removed regardless
of Samsung’s unfasten participation. This information was provided from Google
Hi Developers at Rocketship Apps,I reviewed Adblock Fast, com.rocketshipapps.adblockfast, and found that it violates section 4.4 of the Developer Distribution Agreement. This particular app has been disabled as a policy strike.Just as a reminder, you’ve agreed to follow the Google Play Developer Program Policies and additional enforcement could occur if there are further policy issues with your apps.If you’ve reviewed the policies and feel this rejection may have been in error, please reach out to our policy support team. One of my colleagues will get back to you within 2 business days.I appreciate your support of Google Play!
Android ad blocking plug-ins working with Samsung’s browser have sprouted up:
Crystal, the popular iOS ad blocker, and the well-known Adblock Plus. It’s currently
uncertain if Google merely hasn’t caught on to the competitors, or if
Rocketship did something exclusively to infringe on the Play Store guidelines
in a way Crystal and Adblock Plus have not. Adblock
Plus tried in 2013 to put out an Android ad blocker only to run into a comparable issue,
and the company was only lately allowed to distribute its app again, but only
by bundling it within the company’s own browser.
any third-party app to block ads on another company’s product, despite any contribution
between the two. Prevalent web browsing platform, Firefox apparently allows ad
blockers to be installed on its Android browser as plug-ins, but only through
the browser itself. Samsung might correspondingly deal out Adblock Fast through
its own preloaded app store on Galaxy devices. The company declined to comment
for this saga.
fact that Samsung is Google’s biggest Android partner, resulting in additional
layer of tension to the heated discussion. Reports have been received,
detailing that Samsung is basically asking its own partners to violate Play
Store guidelines to support a feature Google might find damaging to its
business of displaying and serving advertising.
for Google, which has more recently made moves to stave off the turn down of the
mobile web in favor of apps, where the company cannot earn ad revenue as it
does on mobile and web browsers through its leading search engine.