Earlier this week we heard that Samsung has added a new ad blocking feature to its Android Browser, the feature worked in a similar way to Apple’s version with the use of third party apps and allowed for Ad blocking on Samsung smartphones.
One of the apps that enabled add blocking features on the Android browser on Samsung smartphones was called Adblock Fast, the app was available from Google Play and now Google have removed the application from their app store.
The Adblock Fast app landed on the Google Play store on the 29th of January and now Google have removed the application from their app store, Google told the developers of the app that it was removed because they had broken the Android developers terms and conditions.
The part of the Android developers agreement that the app apparently broke can be seen below:
You agree that you will not engage in any activity with the Store, including the development or distribution of Products, that interferes with, disrupts, damages, or accesses in an unauthorized manner the devices, servers, networks, or other properties or services of any third party including, but not limited to, Android users, Google or any mobile network operator. You may not use customer information obtained from the Store to sell or distribute Products outside of the Store.
There are still some other ad blocking apps available in the Google Play store, we wonder how long it will be before Google removes these. The company’s whole business is based around advertising so it would make sense for them to try and stop people blocking adverts.
Source Venture Beat