Adblock Plus No Longer in Android 4.2.2 Jellybean
By Vittorio Hernandez | February 14, 2013 10:52 AM EST
Android 4.2.2 Jellybean offered many changes and improvements on its fresh release to the Nexus device and later for more Android units. However, Google has killed an app as part of the update. Adblock Plus won't be included in the update because of one reason: security issues.
The flaw of the Adblock Plus on Android is the lack of ability to set a device's proxy server automatically which forces the user to do it manually just to gain the protection needed to block pop-ups. Google is avoiding more work just to manually set up the proxy settings every now and then by an Android user just for the Adblock Plus to work on full mode, and a user will probably think the app is up to no good for every manual changes required.
Adblock Plus developer had some frustration and stated, "This fix had made it impossible for Adblock Plus to automatically set the proxy for the current active connection. From a security prospective it makes sense but it has a significant, negative impact on everyone who uses our app. While in Android 2.x the proxy was globally configured for all connections, this changed with Android 4.x which requires to individually set a proxy for each Wi-Fi connection. In addition to that the proxy has to be set each time a user connects to a network and the process of changing those settings is not very user-friendly."
Adblock Plus is very popular for blocking annoying ads and can be installed to popular browser platforms such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera. The app blocks banners, pop-ups, and video ads which also work on Facebook and Youtube. It also features online privacy protection, disables online tracking, blocks malware, and best of all is free.
Pop-up blockers such as this one is the prime enemy of online advertisers due to the preventive measurement used that stabs marketing of certain businesses. At the same time, it shields the user from possible virus attack and annoyances from anyone including spectators online. It may be advisable to have one in your browser for increased security protection online.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- NFL MNF: Pittsburgh Steelers 30, Houston Texans 23 [PHOTOS]
- 2014 MLB World Series Game 1: San Francisco Giants 7, Kansas City Royals 1 [PHOTOS]
- 2014 MLB World Series - Game 2: Kansas City Royals 7, San Francisco Giants 2 [PHOTOS]
- NFL Thursday Recap - Denver Broncos 35, San Diego Chargers 21: Peyton Manning Has 3 TDs In Easy Win [PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- Tesco Facing Crisis After Chairman Quits Citing Accounting Scandal In The Retail Giant
- Australian Federal Court Fines Reebok $350,000 & Orders Refunds For Shoe Endorsed By Miranda Kerr That Claims Unproven Health Benefits
- Sydney Software Firm Bigcommerce Teams Up With Alibaba To Beat Amazon
- Perth Call Centre Staff Bad In English And Not Philippine And Indian Counterparts, Telstra Boss Says
- Xiaomi Redmi 1S vs. Sharp Aquos Crystal – Specifications, Features And Price Showdown
- ASUS Releases A Teaser Indicating The Arrival of New Zenfone and ZenWatch On October 28
- Boy Stoned To Death For Alleged Rape, Victim Receives Dowry From Militants
- Three Dual SIM Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Duos Variants Comes To China
- Russia is Creating Underwater Combat Robots to Protect its Arctic Territories
- ‘Lone Wolf’ Attack on Canada Parliament Hill Could be ISIS-Related
- Android Lollipop 5.0 Confirmed for Nov 3 Rollout as Nexus 6 Global Release Date is Delayed – Reports