Google removes ad-blocking apps from Google Play store

ad-block-androidAfter having a great run in Google Play for a long time, Ad Blocking Android apps are now in trouble. Google has started removing several popular Ad blocking apps like AdBlock Plus, AdBlocker, AdAway and AdFree from Google Play recently.

Google Play team notified the developers of such apps via email regarding the removal. According to Google, such apps violate the section 4.4 of the Developer Distribution Agreement.

Here is the text of section of dev agreement in question:

4.4 Prohibited Actions.

You agree that you will not engage in any activity with the Market, 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 Market to sell or distribute Products outside of the Market.

The Android users, who currently have these apps installed, can continue to use them however as the apps are no longer in Google Play, they will not get updates. Some of the devs also let users to download the app APK files from their websites, so other consumers who wish to get Ad blocking apps for their Android devices can always get them.

What do you think about Google’s actions and was it right in removing ad blocking apps?


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7 thoughts on “Google removes ad-blocking apps from Google Play store


    (March 14, 2013 - 8:41 pm)

    Yes both app developers and Google benefit from ads. That’s the price you have to pay for free apps and open os 🙂


    (March 14, 2013 - 1:55 pm)

    It’s not like the apps vanished. This only reduces the value of the Play Store, the apps would still be there in Opera’s store or elsewhere.


    (March 14, 2013 - 1:50 pm)

    Google should better be focusing on apps who gather more information than needed and have those removed!
    I will keep using ad-blocking apps as long as devs. don’t offer ad-free apps as a paid option.

    To make my point clear: F**k you Google, I do what I want with my phone.


      (March 14, 2013 - 3:14 pm)

      Then what developers of the Apps will do if they offer everything for free???


    (March 14, 2013 - 1:30 pm)

    It’s a real bloody shame that Google has decided to do this. It makes Google just that much closer to operating the Apple does, the very reason I don’t buy Apple products! I bought Android because I want choice to run my device the way I want to run my device. If I wanted some bloated corporation to decide how I run my devices then I would have bought Apple.

    As for section 4.4 quoted by Appl.. er Google, it’s total BS. The disruptions caused by adblockers is completely authorized by me or I wouldn’t have rooted my device and installed the adblocker!!!



    (March 14, 2013 - 1:12 pm)

    Do the advertisers pay Google for their ads? How does this work … who gets paid?


      (March 14, 2013 - 1:37 pm)

      Google is itself an advertising company it has a lot of services like google search maps.etc. which are basically free so they earn money by ads

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