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Samsung’s default mobile browser now supports ad blocking

Samsung's support for mobile ad blockers represents another blow for the advertising industry, which has been waging all-out war against ad blockers.

Samsung, the largest manufacturer of Android devices, has just announced that its default browser will support third-party applications that block ads.

Samsung’s pre-installed browser, called Samsung Internet, will support ad blocking in version 4.0 and above.

The update for the Samsung Internet browser will be rolled out soon to Galaxy devices running Android Marshmallow (6.0), and to Lollipop (5.0) devices sometime in the next few months.

Samsung’s Content Blocking API pulls filtering data from pre-approved, third-party apps like Adblock Fast, to keep unwanted ads and content from cluttering up users’ screens.

Once you’ve installed a third-party ad blocking app on your device, you can turn on the ad blocker within the Samsung Internet browser by going to the Settings – Advanced screen and selecting the Block Content menu.

Samsung’s support for mobile ad blockers represents another blow for the advertising industry, which is now waging an all-out war against ad blocker companies.

A report published last year by Adobe and the anti-ad blocking company PageFair claimed that ad blockers would cost advertisers and publishers $22 billion in 2015.

PageFair’s method for coming up with that figure depends on some dicey assumptions, but there’s no doubt advertisers are worried about ad blockers.

Ad blockers are already hugely popular on desktop browsers – Adblock Plus is the most popular add-on for the desktop version of Firefox, with 21.8 million users.

Mobile users haven’t caught on quite yet, and according to PageFair’s report, less than 2% of ad blocking is on mobile devices.

However, advertisers fear the introduction of ad blocker support in Apple’s mobile safari browser last year (with the release of iOS 9) could be a tipping point leading to wider adoption by mobile users.

The advertising industry is striking back at the ad blockers with controversial technological fixes.

There’s also a war of words going on between advertisers and ad blocking companies.

Randall Rothenburg, head of the industry group the Interactive Advertising Bureau, said at a keynote speech last month that ad blockers are stifling “diversity and freedom of expression.”

Rothenburg lit into ad blocking companies whose business model involves allowing some companies to pay to get their ads past the ad filters.

The arms race between ad blockers and ad blocker blockers seems to be missing the point.

The millions of people who use ad blockers are not trying to stifle free speech, steal revenue from content publishers, or even destroy the advertising industry itself.

People use ad blockers because ads are intrusive, slow webpage loading to a crawl, suck up battery power on mobile devices, and raise the risk of being hacked through malicious ads.

As my colleague Paul Ducklin has pointed out, a solution that works for all would be to build an advertising network that people are willing to unblock by choice.

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Capitalism…doncha just love it :) ??


Actually, the adblocking popularity is showcasing capitalism, showing its effectiveness. The obnoxious, obtrusive ads are more like collectivism, where all of us suffer to help those who wouldn’t put forth the effort needed to produce and sell a decent product.

If the dorks who pay for all this advertising would simply direct their efforts to making better products, the true value of the web would come through – the online equivalent of “word-of-mouth” advertising would sell far more widgets than those stinking ads could ever dream of… and it wouldn’t cost a fortune in advertising fees.


The ultimate irony would be if Samsung utilized Google Play Services to distribute the update. But they’ll probably just use OTA.


“As my colleague Paul Ducklin has pointed out, a solution that works for all would be to build an advertising network that people are willing to unblock by choice.”

Good luck with that. There is a growing segment of internet users who just expect everything to be free for them. Their ability to acknowledge that content is not created for free, hosted for free and by companies working for free at every level, simply astounds. They wrap their arguments up into simplistic – I don’t like ads.

And when every website is a pay site or only done by monied interests, we know who to blame.


You’re missing the point. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I’d not mind a simple ad. I very much mind a huge trail of javascript and all sorts of other rubbish that slows down every page and eats battery and bandwidth. I object to the the security risks of active content. If the adverts were served as simple text files from the same web server as the page, not only would I not object to them, but chances are the ad blocker software wouldn’t either. It is not about getting something for nothing: it is about intrusive and debilitating bloat and malware being served up to deliver advertising.


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