After removal from Play Store, Adblock Plus now available as third-party download

With Google’s ban on ad-blocking services forcing the removal of their app from the Play Store, the folks at Adblock Plus have decided to skirt the distribution method. A new version of Adblock Plus is now available as a free download direct from the group’s website.

Aside from simply being available to download, the app gets several updates, including a Holo makeover, easier manual proxy configuration, and fixes for Chrome display issues and URL handling. Most importantly, the new version of Adblock Plus implements a method for automatic updating independent of Google’s online marketplace.

If you already have Adblock Plus installed you will want to be sure to sideload the latest version in order to keep your software up to date in the future.

[via Adblock Plus]

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  • phinn

    Yea, I’ve been using AdAway, apk is here:

    https://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdid=org.adaway

    • jackdubl

      Interesting. That sites says current version is 2.3, before that, 2.1. So why do I have 2.2 installed on my phone, which was but to date from the play store?

  • Mungus8888

    Download unsuccessful

  • Mungus8888

    Download unsuccessful x 4

    • OptimusL

      Which browser are you using?

      • Chris

        Not working for me either on Chrome. I’ll try the regular Browser and see.

        EDIT: Download unsuccessful on Chrome and the stock Browser.

        • OptimusL

          I tried it on Opera Beta and it worked.

          • No_Nickname90

            I always use Opera to download stuff. Chrome and stock browser always seems to have problems downloading anything.

  • http://twitter.com/slayerpsp S.Rambo

    AdAway i like better works well’

    • pookietookie

      Totally agree. I like the whitelist and blacklist features…

    • kervation

      AdAway is awesome, so is the F-Droid Repository.

  • Bill

    Download unsuccessful

  • Mungus8888

    Native for s3. There’s no way chrome will let you dl this one ;-)

  • Jayshmay

    Haha, there’s ways around everything…

    • jfelts

      Such as downloading the file to a PC and transferring the apk to your phone via usb.

  • bmg314

    chrome and dolphin wouldn’t work… but I used an older version of Firefox and it downloaded ok.

  • Kelly

    Downloaded Opera to get it, Dolphin and chrome blocked it.

  • netguru2000

    Just like taxes, everyone wants everything… for free.

    • Tomato88

      I’d agree with you, only if carriers don’t count ads as data usage and ads are not so heavy on bandwidth.

    • No_Nickname90

      How is this like taxes? What does this have to do with everything?

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    Who ever downloads this app will definitely open themselves to more malware and other security issues…What do you guys think?

    • http://www.facebook.com/SpecsOffender Aaron Armstrong

      What is your reasoning behind that statement?

      • JaswinderSinghJammu

        I think the source of the app would definitely make a difference for me. There are so many so many Trozan apps out there just to begin with

  • rekem

    I’ve always used AdFree Android, which has always worked well at blocking ads, but I keep seeing people recommend Adblock Plus. Is it really better? If so, how? I’d consider switching if it did something AdFree doesn’t do, or maybe even just for the self-updating feature.

    • http://twitter.com/NickInLA Nick

      No, it’s not better. Adblock Plus is garbage, stick with AdFree or AdAway.

      • Liferules

        except it works without root…

  • james ortiz

    anyone know how to enable adds for phandroid..I don’t see the option for it on my ad block

  • WadeDogg

    so google took all the ad blocking apps off the play store?

    weak..

  • http://profiles.google.com/xencillo21 Luis Enrique Cornejo

    Google = Hijos de Puta

  • Mimsyborogove923

    Why do we support these kinds of apps? Do we want more apps that we have to pay for? Do we want more apps that give us partial functionality and then say we have to pay to get more? Do we want less apps in general? As a developer in training who wants to get something for all the hours I’ve put into learning and coding, but who still wants to make my app available to everyone, I am not a fan of ad blockers. I AM a fan of transparent and responsible ad usage.

    • Ben Kapferer

      Ads can siphon data through the Internet even when the application would not be otherwise connected. Not only does this increase unwanted data traffic over cellular towers, but it can also lead to a phone/tablet’s battery draining faster.

    • Michael Landauer

      “Transparent and responsible ad usage”

      That’s the key to me. I have no problem with ads that are non-obtrusive and don’t try to track or collect data on me. Unfortunately, far too many apps have very obtrusive ads and give the ad service as much info about you as it can scoop up.

  • http://twitter.com/miikeg Michael Grabowski

    I don’t know what people in the comments have against ABP, all the others “AdFree Android” by BigTinCan or “AdAway” all just leave the ad space still on the pages except they’re huge ad shaped boxes with question marks and 404 error messages within them, but ABP actually removes any instance of ads around when I need it (streaming online video on my tablet) and is easy to toggle off if I don’t…

  • http://twitter.com/AshleySalazar15 Ashley Salazar

    Great! I hate ads! I have an ad blocker installed on every device I own.

  • Mike Reid

    Speaking of ads. Please make a script or whatever to kill these. The pattern shouldn’t be too hard to detect.

  • http://twitter.com/nrbovee n.r. bovee

    Your sister can make $25, and it won’t take longer than 5 minutes. She’ll be working on her knees, not on her computer.