AdBlock Plus and Android 4.2.2 don’t mix well

February 13, 2013
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There has been some concern over AdBlock Plus and how automatically redirects your phone's proxy to a localhost to block ads. This led to a bigger issue of a large security hole inside of the Android operating system. Even if a smartphone isn't rooted, apps could use this security bug for phishing. The developer of AdBlock Plus proposed a few resolutions for the issue that would both fix the security hole, and also allow the AdBlock Plus app to keep working.

Unfortunately for AdBlock, Google has created it's own solution that renders the AdBlock Plus app ineffective. They've created a patch that is included with the Android 4.2.2 update that fixes the large security hole. The fix prevents AdBlock, or any app, from automatically redirecting the phone's proxy to a localhost, meaning users who use AdBlock will have to manually redirect their proxy for each of their internet connections.

For app developers, this is great news because many felt that AdBlock Plus was a threat to their funding. This was an increasingly big issue for smaller app developers. For many users however, this is a loss, especially when there are those pop-up ads or other intrusive ads that interfere with day-to-day operations.

Obviously, for many users, the process of manually configuring proxies would be too complicated and too much of a hassle. The AdBlock developer, however, says that there's not much else they can do at the moment until Google releases the API for its next update. All AdBlock can do is try to make the process of manual configuration more simple and easy for its users.

[via Google]


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  • Di Angelo

    Greedy google, is making smartphones laggy all again with this move.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rob.dallara Rob Dallara

    is it the same with AdFree?

    • Paul_Werner

      AdFree seems fine to me on 4.2.2 on my Nexus 4 or 7

  • http://www.jeroenheijster.com/ Jeroen Heijster

    Good, I hate it when people want everything for free but they just don’t accept that creating apps costs money. Adblocking hurts developers a lot.

    • A Sauce

      If developers can’t make money off code, then it’s time for them to find a new career.

      • http://www.jeroenheijster.com/ Jeroen Heijster

        Developers make their money through ads or by selling their apps. Blocking the ads makes sure they can’t continue development. If there is a paid version without the ads, buy that. If you can’t afford it, keep the ads. It’s the same with TV, if you want the premium experience without commercials, you pay money for those channels, else you have commercials between the shows.

      • Tim Kirkpatrick

        If a developer offers a purchase option for an app that I use a lot, I always buy it. Some developers only offer a free version that have annoying intrusive ads. I either stop using those apps, or I block the ads. Either way, they aren’t going to make any money off of me if they force ads in my face.

      • akmed mohammed

        Developers r a dime a dozen and virtuallyvall apps r worthless. I ending up rooting to use other ad blockers.

      • http://www.jeroenheijster.com/ Jeroen Heijster

        If an app is useless you should not use it and if you don’t use it, you don’t get those ads. That would leave you with the apps that you do like and you are blocking the ads of those apps. Well done, now you are NOT providing them with income which is used to improve their apps.

  • scott

    why should we have to use extra data just so ADS can be forced on us. Look at the ads on YOUTUBE, these are worse as they are video.