Adblock Plus (ABP) is by far the most used way of blocking ads on desktop browsers. It should not come as a surprise then that the Adblock team has developed an anti-ad solution for mobile devices too. The beta version for Android has been around for months and the developers behind the Adblock Plus have now brought it to the Play Store and Apple App Store for all to download.
The browser works without root or jailbreak. All you need to do is download and start browsing. No other add-on or app is required. Ads consume battery and use up mobile data along with slowing down page load times and are often very annoying. Adblock browser should help users deal with problem now.
Adblock browser runs without root and jailbreak and speeds up browing by blocking user tracking and other ads
Eyeo, the team behind Adblock Plus, claims that removing ads can reduce battery consumption while browsing by 20 percent alongside other benefits like saving money on mobile data. Adblock browser will also help keep those malware ads and user tracking ads away too. Adblock won’t block all ads under default settings, allowing acceptable ads to be seen on websites. Their criteria for “acceptable” is as follows:
- Acceptable Ads are not annoying.
- Acceptable Ads do not disrupt or distort the page content we’re trying to read.
- Acceptable Ads are transparent with us about being an ad.
- Acceptable Ads are effective without shouting at us.
- Acceptable Ads are appropriate to the site that we are on.
Adblock is available on iOS immediately. The iOS version is based on Kitt Browser and is more like the Chrome ABP add-on. This should make do for Apple users until iOS9 brings ad blocking support in Safari.
Adblock Plus was available on the Play Store in 2013 but was removed by Google after some time for interfering with ads in third party apps, a breach in Google Developer’s terms and conditions. That app (and similar ones like it) still roams the internet unofficially. These ad blocking apps remove ads in all apps.
Adblock launched its beta program for Android in May and got 300,000 downloads in just the first week. This has helped the Android browser to be more advanced than its iOS counterpart. Users have the choices of blocking trackers, malware and social media buttons plus a few more extras. The browser supports multiple languages as well.
The browser can be downloaded from the Apple App Store here and the Google Play Store here. But do remember to whitelist the websites that you respect so they can keep bringing you the best and greatest content.