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).

Gmail now allows you to send larger files, thanks to Google Drive integration

Ever had a situation where you needed to send a few larger files over email, only to find that what you were sending out would have went over the file limit size? The good news is the days of 25MB file limits are over for Google users, thanks to the integration of Google Drive into Gmail.

Instead of a measly 25MB, you can now upload up to 10GB through Gmail. We doubt that many of you are planning on sending 10GB attachments with your email messages anytime soon. Still, this is really useful for special circumstances such as sending family and event photos through an email that go over the small 25MB limit.

The reality is that 25MB isn’t much these days, so this is a wise move on Google’s part. Keep in mind that you really aren’t emailing these large files. Instead, Google is just sending a link to your recipients that allow them to grab the files from your Google Drive account.

To get in on the new larger file capabilities you will need to opt in to the new compose feature found in Gmail, if you haven’t already. Also keep in mind that the feature is said to be rolling out over the next few days, so it might not be available for you yet.

[via Android Authority]