This is also one solid example of how Samsung is bringing its phones in line with Apple’s iPhones. Samsung has partnered with Rocketship Apps, and the company’s Adblock Fast is the first app to take advantage of the API – and there is a claimed 51 percent speed boost to be enjoyed.
Not to be left out of the great mobile ad blocking landslide, Samsung has tonight released an over the air update to its Web browser for Android 5.0 users that delivers adblocking for the first time.
Samsung’s move to follow Apple’s lead suggests that ad blockers may still have legs in the mobile marketplace however it remains to be seen whether this will stretch beyond early adopters. You’ll also need to grab a copy of Adblock Fast from Google Play and then you’re in business!
As soon as the update arrives on your Samsung smartphone, you can enable Adblock Fast within the browser, but if you already have the application installed, simply tap Help to get to the menu where you can enable the adblocking feature.
Samsung’s Android web browser can now support content and ad blocking plugins.
Those who own much newer Galaxy smartphones will not be able to use this feature yet.
While Samsung would like to have every iOS feature on its devices as well, the process is anything but simple, especially considering popular third-party Android browsers like UC Browser comes with a built-in ad blocker.
Unsurprisingly, the first ad blocking extensions for Samsung Internet have appeared alongside the update that allows ad blocking.
We’ve checked for compatibility on both Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S5, and Samsung Internet browser is not supported yet.
The question for those that make money advertising online will now be: will this be the adblocking apocalypse, or will it fizzle like it did on iOS?