Adblock Plus and (a little) more

Adblock Plus 1.3 for Android and an apparent change in permissions · 2015-03-12 18:34 by René Jeschke

We have encountered users wondering about an apparently new permission declared by Adblock Plus 1.3 for Android, namely: ‘full permissions to all device features and storage’. Here’s the explanation about this new permission.

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Adblock Plus 1.3 for Android released · 2015-03-03 12:30 by René Jeschke

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If you already have Adblock Plus for Android, it should notify you about the update shortly and download it automatically.

We did a lot of under-the-hood changes again, rewrote the way libadblockplus is integrated (#16) and cleaned up the different methods for setting the proxy and deciding which method to use (#547).

Besides that we:

  • improved compatibility with Android Lollipop (#1498, #1848)
  • reduced the memory usage (#303)
  • included twelve new translations

and, of course, fixed a lot of various minor and major issues.

A list of all resolved issues for this release can be found here.

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Adblock Plus 1.2.1 for Android released · 2014-04-03 11:22 by Wladimir Palant

Install Adblock Plus for Android

If you already have Adblock Plus for Android, it should notify you about the update shortly and download it automatically.

Important note: We strongly encourage you to install this release as soon as possible, it fixes a security issue present in all previous Adblock Plus for Android versions.

In addition to that, this fixes a bug in the previous version that caused development builds to be offered as updates for the release version. Because of that issue most Adblock Plus for Android users are using development builds now so this release will be offered as an update for development builds as well. This unfortunately also includes users who explicitly chose to install development builds — if that’s true for you please install Adblock Plus 1.2.1.319 for Android manually to get back to the development build channel.

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Adblock Plus 1.2 for Android released · 2013-11-29 19:02 by Felix Dahlke

Install Adblock Plus for Android

If you already have Adblock Plus for Android, it should notify you about the update shortly and download it automatically.

The major change in this release is under the hood: We’re now using libadblockplus, the same library powering ABP for Internet Explorer, instead of the custom integration of outdated ABP core code we had before.

This allowed us to implement Acceptable Ads in Android, and it’ll allow us to implement other missing features such as domain-based whitelisting in the near future. Note that element hiding is still disabled, so as with the last few versions, you might see some ads that are not acceptable. We’re working on this.

Finally, ABP for Android has been translated into 13 additional languages, including Japanese and Italian.

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Adblock Plus 1.1.4 for Android released · 2013-11-14 12:31 by Felix Dahlke

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If you already have Adblock Plus for Android, it should notify you about the update shortly and download it automatically.

This release fixes an issue with streaming: Adblock Plus kept downloading content even after the client closed the connection. Big thanks to Sebastian Schmidt for contributing the patch that fixed this.

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Adblock Plus 1.1.3 for Android released · 2013-08-28 13:19 by Andrey Novikov

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If you already have Adblock Plus for Android, it should notify you about the update shortly and download it automatically.

This release disables sound in notifications that appear when the device is attached to a Wi-Fi network yet no traffic arrives at the proxy (meaning most likely that the proxy isn’t configured correctly). This change was implemented to eliminate annoyance for devices connecting to open Wi-Fi networks automatically without sending any data.

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Adblock Plus 1.1.2 for Android released · 2013-05-15 13:21 by Wladimir Palant

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This release temporarily disables the element hiding functionality of Adblock Plus to reduce the memory footprint. Blocking functionality isn’t affected and the overall effect should be limited — some websites will have empty spots where ads were blocked and some text ads won’t be hidden. The element hiding functionality will be enabled again once we manage to either get the size of filter lists down or make their in-memory representation more compact.

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Adblock Plus 1.1.1 for Android released · 2013-04-16 11:10 by Andrey Novikov

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If you already have Adblock Plus for Android, it should notify you about the update shortly and download it automatically.

Changes

  • Fixed: Adblock Plus was preventing normal operation of some applications (e.g. Samsung S-Voice)
  • Fixed: Element hiding wasn’t working properly (regression in Adblock Plus 1.1)
  • Fixed: Crash when filtering was stopped on some rooted devices
  • Fixed issues with German translation

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Adblock Plus 1.1 for Android released · 2013-03-19 16:15 by Felix Dahlke

Install Adblock Plus for Android

Even if you already have Adblock Plus for Android, please install this version manually, or you won’t get any updates in the future, because Google removed us from the Play store.

Changes

  • Implemented automatic updates
  • Added a dialog to help with the manual proxy configuration
  • Separated filtering and proxy activation settings to avoid loss of connectivity after manual configuration
  • Switched to the Holo user interface theme
  • Improved icon hiding
  • Implemented a workaround for a Chrome issue causing blank pages
  • Fixed an issue with URLs containing apostrophes

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Adblock Plus for Android removed from Google Play store · 2013-03-14 09:37 by Wladimir Palant

In a rather surprising move, Google removed Adblock Plus and other ad blocking apps from the Google Play store due to “interference with another service or product in an unauthorized manner.” This looks like a course change at Google, until recently the main distinction between Android and iPhone was that Android allowed you to install any apps as long as it isn’t malicious (meaning that it’s obvious what the app does). Google Play still allows apps stating “for rooted phones only” but I wonder whether they are next on the list to be removed – each of them performs “unauthorized actions”.

Update (2013-03-16): The Electronic Frontier Foundation did a great job explaining why this move is sadly disappointing, way better than I did.

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