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This article was published on February 9, 2016


Google quietly restores Samsung adblocker without explanation

Google quietly restores Samsung adblocker without explanation
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Former TNW employee

Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

Just a few days after Samsung announced it was allowing adblocking extensions into its ‘Internet’ browser, Google pulled Adblock Fast. It was one of the first apps to support the new API, but the search giant removed it without explanation.

Now, just a week after the app was pulled from the store, Google has re-instated Adblock Fast without a real explanation following the creator filing an appeal with the Play Store.

Sources told TNW at the time that the company had taken issue with the fact that the adblocking required two apps to function, but many other apps in Google Play operate in a similar fashion.

Adblock Fast is back on the Play Store today and is available for free download again, so if you’re inclined to block ads on your Samsung device you can do it all over again.

Google previously told TNW that “While we don’t comment on specific apps, we can confirm that our policies are designed to provide a great experience for users and developers.”

Adblock Fast for Android relaunches [Medium]

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