Days after Samsung’s first android ad blocker shot to the top of Play Store, now the Android’s newest ad blocker has been removed, due to violation of developer guidelines.
Adblock Fast, a plug-in from Rocketship Apps worked within Samsung’s mobile browser in partnership with the phone maker, which has opened an API this week allowing third party developers to build its customized content blocking features for pre-installed Samsung internet related app.
According to the developer, Google says that Adblock Fast violates section 4.4 of its Developer Distribution Agreement, disallows apps or plugins offered through Play Store from “interfering” or “disrupting” devices, networks, or services of third parties.
Google then confirmed to that it did remove Adblock Fast, but would not clarify why content blocker removed despite Samsung’s open participation, this message from Google representative at Google.
As Adblock Fast getting removed from Play Store, two Android ad blocking plug-ins , Crystala popular iOS ad blocker, and Adblock Plus working with Samsung’s browser sprouted up.
It is still unclear if Google has not caught on its competitors, or if Rocketship did something that violate Play Store guidelines in way Crystal and Adblock Plus have not.