Adblock Plus Comes to Android & Frustrates
Today that changes. Adblock Plus is one of the better filtering plug-ins for Firefox and Opera, so when I read today that it was finally available as an Android app I was initially thrilled.
I am an inveterate reader, and one of the things that bugs me the most while reading on Android are the adverts which a lot of blogs have in their RSS feeds. I cannot see those adverts when reading in Google Reader in Firefox, but I do get to see all the ads when using the gReader app. It’s irritating, so much so that I don’t use the app nearly as much as I might.
Thanks to the new Adblock Plus app, most of the annoying ads have gone away. But the filtering comes at a price.
I’ve been testing the app on my Kindle Fire HD this evening, and sadly the mobile version doesn’t live up to the standards set by standard set by the plug-ins. Running it as a background app does in fact reduce the adverts, but it also slows down any app or web browser which is being filtered. It also crashed a couple times this evening.
But this app does work, to some degree. It will even work on older Android devices, as well as on unrooted devices, though not all features and functions are supported. for example, if you want it to block ads while you browse over 3g you will need to root your device. And if you want to run this app on Honeycomb or earlier then you’ll need to learn how to set a proxy server.
As I said in the title, this app is frustrating. But it does work.
The app has been posted to here.and there’s a direct download