Eyeo, the creator of AdBlock Plus, had previously been rumored to be creating a web browser for iOS, but nothing ever came to fruition. The company had promised to bring better ad blocking to mobile devices and have achieved this with the AdBlock Plus apps that are available for mobile devices, and are extremely popular with millions of downloads.
Now if a report is to be believed, AdBlock Plus is going all out with its own web browser on Android for release on Wednesday May 20th, and as with most custom web browsers today, the browser is expected to use the chromium rendering engine. Other details about the browser are sparse but we will be keeping a very close eye on this one and will report any details and features this new browser may have.
AdBlock Plus has had extensions for Firefox and Chrome for quite a while now, and as previously reported, is also available for Internet Explorer. However, the company came under fire two years ago when it came to light that Google were paying the company to whitelist their own ads.
Shameless plug: As we occasionally remind our readers, we would greatly appreciate it if you whitelisted Neowin if you use AdBlock Plus or another web browser ad blocking add-on. It will help keep the site going for the many members of our great Neowin community. There's also an option to buy a subscription to the site that removes all ads without the need for an ad-blocker.
As there are no details for the source of this report, we'll remind you to take this with a pinch of salt, but if true, we have to wonder what this could mean for independent sites like Neowin, when less than 10% of web sites that apply to be excluded from filtering, are actually whitelisted.
Source: FavBrowser | Thanks for the tip Sam!