Adguard for Android

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by avatar, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. avatar

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    Hello all!

    I'd like to present you Adguard for Android.

    Description:
    Adguard is an adbocker and privacy protection tool.
    What's important: no ROOT required.

    Features:
    1. Adguard provides the best filtering quality on Android. I mean really, there has been no app with such high quality before.
    2. App is really easy-to-use: one button to start protection.
    3. Malware and phishing protection. We use the same Browsing Security database as for desktop version of Adguard.
    4. Privacy protection: spyware filter is on duty.
    5. The app speeds up the load of web pages and saves bandwidth. The pages are ad-free and opened faster.
    6. Adguard can block ads in apps and games.

    How to install Adguard
    You can get stable version of Adguard on our website.

    Sadly but you can't get it from Google Play because Google wants to know everything about you and also it does not want users to decide if they want to see its ads or not.

    Beta testing
    Latest beta version is always available by this link: https://adguard.com/apkb
     
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2014
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    We, Android version users, welcome to have a separate thread for such a great product which Adguard (btw, regardless platform) is! :)

    However, it would be great if moderators could merge the appropriate posts from THIS thread into this one to have the full history of discussion related to this application. I believe @avatar will assist gladly.
     
  3. rdsu

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    I'm using it and like it a lot! :)

    To block ads in apps and games we need 'Local HTTP Proxy' feature?
     
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    Blocking ads in apps and games is available if you activate Premium (or you can check it in trial mode). It's available in all filtering modes.

    Also blocking ads in apps is much better in the latest beta version (because of HTTPS support we've finally implemented).
     
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    I notice that Adguard isn't at Google Play anymore.

    We will need to upgrade it manually?

    Can you also show us the difference between the Free and Paid version?

    Thanks
     
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    You're welcome :)

    Fortunately Android system lets easily install *.apk outside of Google Play. However I'm not sure about iOS version that is supposedly in the development stage because we can expect that Adguard for iOS won't also be welcomed at Apple Store/iTunes so we will have to face a separate installation what is not as straightforward (on iOS devices) as in Android case. @avatar can you kindly comment upon?
     
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    @rdsu

    Main premium features:
    1. Blocking ads in apps and games
    2. Phishing and malware protection

    @pegas

    Apple is ok with Disconnect app. So we hope that it won't ban our app.
     
  10. Victek

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    I just installed AdGuard. Any chance you will be having a "Black Friday" special for the premium version? :thumb:
     
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    I wish you're right avatar.
     
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    It's two days from now? Not sure, but who knows:)
     
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    :cool:

    By the way, is there an option to display a persistent notification icon?
     
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    Not yet if do you think something like adguard for win. There is only key icon meaning that Adguard created a vpn connection.
     
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    Yes, I understand. The VPN key is generic though and I like having an icon that shows the app is working and can provide user alerts. Perhaps it can be considered for a future release...
     
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    I second this.

    @avatar
    Can you quantify the difference between high speed and high quality filtering? I mean let's say the first filters xx ads and the second filters xx ads. I understand that the second impacts the browsing speed more than the first but I want to see which option is worth to favourite.
     
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    Depends on the device. If quality mode is fast enough on the device I'd prefer it.

    Two examples (our test devices):
    1. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    Quality mode adds a constant overhead of ~0,5-1,5 seconds to the page load.
    For me it is too much.

    2. Nexus 7 with Android 5.0 (I have not tested it on 4.x)
    Quality mode overhead is 0.1-0.3 seconds and it is acceptable.

    Adguard detects device speed rank on the first run and if device is fast enough quality mode is enabled by default.
     
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    @Victek

    Our position:
    We will add persistent icon in Android 5.0 (because there is no system notification now).
    Right now we won't add it in 4.X because the VPN icon does the same thing.
    We will add it in 4.X in future when this notification will have more functions than just opening Adguard on tap.
     
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    Hi @harsha_mic!

    Could you please tell me more details?
    I didn't understand what is data connection.

    Also Lollipop has some known open bugs with VPN:
    https://code.google.com/p/android-developer-preview/issues/detail?id=1900
    https://code.google.com/p/android-developer-preview/issues/detail?id=1833

    The main idea is that if you can't start VPN on Lollipop you should reboot the device.
     
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    Thanks for the clarification. I have enabled quality mode and even though the browsing is maybe slightly slower by a tiny fraction, it's nothing serious. I will give this mode a longer run to get the better picture.

    Btw, you say it depends on the device but isn't it also depending on the internet speed? You can have a 4 core processor device with 4GB RAM but on the slow net it will crawl.
     
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    It's also important which app do you use to measure battery usage.

    In my case after some surfing (in VPN mode):
    DU Battery Saver shows that Adguard uses 2-5%
    Battery Doctor shows 15-25%

    So this may be the same issue as with Android traffic stats.
    As you know in Android stats it looks like Adguard has consumed all the traffic (and that's not true, all this traffic is consumed by apps we filter).
    Some battery apps use these traffic stats when they calculate battery usage (simply multiplying count of bytes on some coefficient).

    Anyway we should work on reducing battery usage. Just want you to know some details on the situation:)
     
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    It does not depend on it. But if you have slow net there is a great chance that you won't notice the overhead. 1 sec overhead is not critical if page load takes 10 seconds:)
     
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    Understood and I tend to keep the quality mode. :)
     
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    It's more clear now. Thanks! I don't use any special battery tool, just default one on my Z tablet where it shows 5% of battery usage.
     
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    Are Android language filters identical to filters for Win? Just curious.
     
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