There's been a lot of talk lately about the changes that await Google Chrome in the near future. In short, Google is going to change Chrome's extension platform. Developers confirmed it multiple times that the old API is going to be deprecated and that the new declarative webRequest API is inevitable. Translating it into human language, it will effectively kill a lot of extensions, and significantly reduce the capabilities of ad blockers.
We at AdGuard put a lot of our effort into protecting people's privacy, and many AdGuard users value our products exactly for this reason. One of the biggest challenges has always been not just providing good protection, but doing it for everyone, no matter where the person is and what device do they use.
AdGuard is constantly evolving. We always try to stay in the thick of things, hear out what the users have to say and keep on making our products better. As such, we've been meaning to write up an updated in-depth review of all the functions AdGuard products can boast for some time now. We already did it for AdGuard for Windows, and now we'll 'disassemble' our second flagship product, which is AdGuard for Android.
What's the difference between AdGuard and other ad blockers? Do you really need AdGuard if you have uBlock or Adblock Plus? If I had a dollar for every time I got asked this question, we'd probably make our product free. I'd like to tell you the story from the very beginning. It will help you understand not only the difference, but also how and why the key decisions about AdGuard's development were made.
Why do we feel there's a need to write an article like this? On forums and in users' messages we often see a widespread belief that Adguard for Android is just a tool to block ads on devices that don't have ROOT access. And this is a serious mistake. Adguard is the most advanced way to get rid of ads and tracking on Android, no matter if you have your device rooted or not.