back to article Samsung unblocks ad-block plugins from its Android browser

Creating its own ad-blockable browser for Android is a step too far for Samsung, but it has decided to let third-party blockers into the tent. It's part of an update posted to its Samsung Developer site on March 21, that's mostly flown under the radar until it was spotted by Android Authority among others. As the developer …

  1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "Videos can now be opened as popups"

    Oh great. If you thought today's ads were an issue, wait until you click a link and 15 videos pop up and start hogging your bandwidth to show you inane tat.

    Thank $deity I do my browsing on a proper Internet platform (keyboard, mouse, 21" widescreen).

    1. sabroni Silver badge
      Happy

      Re: keyboard, mouse, 21" widescreen

      How quaint! Like my gran!

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A fine bit of nothing..

    There's also a secret browsing mode that goes beyond “incognito” windows by requiring user authentication, by protecting and encrypting browsing information (El Reg bets the FBI will just love this).

    That's a bit like Microsoft adding anti-virus to Windows and claiming it's safe whilst leaving the broken fundamentals untouched, something they still do. If you want to know where you stand it may be worth your time actually reading Google's Terms & Conditions that you have to agree to to get stock Android to actually work. It may be even better if you go into the archive and read the first version of it as that used to be more direct in its use of language. The new agreement is pretty much the same in content but just uses less alarming words.

    You may have acquired a new shiny lock on your front door but it will make little difference to address the large gap that once was your back door.

  3. EddieD

    A bit unnecessary, surely?

    Wouldn't it be better for an incognito mode not to have anything to encrypt, and to just never store anything?

  4. Alan Edwards

    No so secret browsing

    > There's also a secret browsing mode that goes beyond “incognito” windows by requiring

    > user authentication

    So they are enabling anonymous communication by forcing you to identify yourself?

    Okaaayy...

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