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November 28, 2012

Adblock Plus for Android now available

Surfing the web can be such a pain nowadays, with annoying and persistent ads following you at every step. The nuisance of ads on mobile is even more distressing, as these can not only cripple your browsing experience, but also bug the heck out of you inside free, “ad-supported” apps.

Thankfully, Adblock Plus, the go-to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera add-on, has finally made its debut in Google Play, being available starting today for devices running Android 2.1 and higher.

Adblock Plus for Android theoretically blocks ads both in apps and around the web, but, just like on Google Chrome or Firefox, there are a few limitations. First off, the app runs best on rooted devices. If you have such a gadget, you will be able to block ads over both Wi-Fi and 3G without having to make any manual changes to your phone or tab.

For non-rooted devices, things are a bit more complicated. If you’re on Android 3.1 or higher, you’ll only be able to block ads over Wi-Fi, while on 3G (and 4G) nothing will be intercepted. Meanwhile, non-rooted gadgets with Android 3.0 or lower will require some manual configuration (more details here).