The perennial favorite of Firefox and Chrome power users has arrived. Adblock Plus for Android was just released to the Google Play Store, compatible with all devices running 2.1 or higher. Just like its desktop counterparts, it'll block ads in your browser... but only in certain circumstances. Those who are rooted (regardless of Android version) will block all ads in the standard browser and Chrome. If you're not rooted, it'll block ads on WiFi for Android 3.1 or later.

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Those running an earlier version of Android will need to delve into their Settings menu, in order to manually enable the proxy-based filtering employed by Adblock Plus for Android. Adblock has posted the instructions on their website, including more specific directions for oddball devices like the Samsung Galaxy I, Galaxy Y, and the Alcatel Onetouch 918D.

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There are a few more restrictions due to the nature of Android. SSL-encrypted sites won't get any ad filtering, and there's currently no way to get rid of the persistent notification icon. Those who prefer Firefox for Android will need to use the separate plug-in. The filter subscriptions and auto-updating from the desktop version is present, but there's no way to add a website (like, say, your friendly neighborhood advertising-supported Android news portal) to a whitelist yet.

The app was not found in the store. :-(