Google makes well over 90-percent of their revenue (and almost all of their profits) from advertising. So, what is an ad blocking app doing in the Google Play app store for Android smartphones?
Quentyn Kennemer in Phandroid.
Google has started sending notifications to developers with ad-blocking software in the Google Play Store regarding these apps’ removal. Players like AdBlock, AdAway, AdFree and more are being whisked away.
Apparently it’s a violation of the Play Store developer agreement, specifically section 4.4.
You agree that you will not engage in any activity with the Market, including the development or distribution of Products, that interferes with, disrupts, damages, or accesses in an unauthorized manner the devices, servers, networks, or other properties or services of any third party including, but not limited to, Android users, Google or any mobile network operator. You may not use customer information obtained from the Market to sell or distribute Products outside of the Market.
Whoa. Draconian a little? Nah. Google makes money by capturing user data, and filling the screen with advertisements, so why would Google want to see Android devices with apps that block those very same advertisements?
I thought Android was open?