Google Removes Samsung’s Ad Blocking App Adblock Fast

Google Removes Samsung’s Ad Blocking App Adblock Fast
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Days after the announcement of Samsung finally supporting ad blocking apps on its browser, one of its first app creator was removed by tech giant Google from the Play Store. The app which is a plug-in from startup Rocketship Apps is called Adblock Fast.


The startup which is in partnership with Samsung has worked with the South Korean company’s mobile browser. The Galaxy phone maker has recently opened its API to thir- party developers to build content or ad blocking features for its own Samsung Internet app.

Rocketship developer Brian Kennish said that according to Google, the removal of their ad blocking app was due to a violation of one section of the tech giant’s Developer Distribution Agreement – section 4.4, reports The Verge.

The section states that it disallows apps or plug-ins offered through the Play Store from interfering or disrupting devices, networks, or services of third parties. Kennish also provided a copy of the message from a Google representative sent without warning from the tech giant.

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The issue was confirmed by Google to The Verge, stating that it had indeed removed Adblock Fast from its Play Store. However, the tech giant has not explained why the ad blocking app was removed despite Samsung’s open participation. The search engine company has not bothered so far to respond to Kennish and his team.

According to The Next Web, it is worth taking note that this is the exactly the same term the search engine giant used to pull Adblock Plus’ first ad blocking app from its store. The app has managed to return to the app circle recently.

Currently there are two recent Android ad blocking apps working with the South Korean tech company’s internet browser. One of it is called Crystal which is currently a popular iOS ad blocker. The other one is Adblock Plus which is also a well-known app.

Both apps for now are still available on the Google Play Store, which is bizarre in a way as it functions almost the same as Adblock Fast. Rocketship speculates that the reason behind this is because it hasn’t alerted Google’s radar as both have not managed to be on the top charts yet.

Meanwhile after several attempts to reach them, Google has released a statement regarding the issue stating that while it doesn’t comment on specific apps, it confirms that its policies are designed to provide a great experience for users and developers. The statement, although informative, has not answered questions regarding the issue, so reasons behind the decision remain vague for now.