Hey there, whats up? ok now, browsers like Opera, Brave, Vivaldi to ignore Chrome’s anti-ad-blocker changes, despite shared codebase. Google is planning to make these changes within Chrome, which it plans to add to Chromium, the open-source browser project on which Chrome, Brave, Opera, and Vivaldi are all based.
Google Manifest V3
Beginning in October Google published its policies to change the Chromium extension system, to develop a new set of standards known as Manifest V3. t took some time for the extension developers to explain how intrusive the Manifest v3 changes would be. Initially, they guessed it would only impact ad blocking services the most, but it was later determined that the extensions for antivirus, parental control pressure, and various privacy enhancing settings were also affected.
Google came under difficult critique after this from the public as many involved it of trying to destroy an ad-blocking extension that was cutting into Google’s advertising business profits. Google backtracked on the changes a month later but later in mid-February, it appears that Google did not keep its commitment to keep the old extension technology intact.
Google explained in a new report that the old technology the ad blockers were relying on will only be available to Chrome enterprise users and regular users. Chrome developers appear to have made a choice to go ahead with fulfilling the Manifest V3 changes. The changes are scheduled to go live in January 2020 when ad blocker extension will see their ability to block ads greatly reduced.
This great move has disturbed many Chrome users who plan to switch browsers. Many have decided to go with Firefox as it is working to transform and rebrand itself from a fan favorite to a privacy-first product. With Google’s plans to implement the Manifest V3 changes to the Chromium base, it means all additional Chromium-based browsers will be impacted.
Brave CEO, Brendan Eich on Friday said the Brave browser will help Google’s old extension technology. He said they will continue to support webRequest for all extensions in Brave. Brave also has an inbuilt ad blocker that users can use as an alternative. He also authenticated the browser will continue to support uBlock Origin and matrix, the two extensions developed by Raymond Hill.
He is the Chrome extension developer highlighting Google’s plans to sabotage Chrome ad blockers for the past months.
Opera spokesperson said the modifications will not change its more than 300 million users as it has an inbuilt ad blocker. Both mobile and pc Opera browsers come with inbuilt Adblock users can choose, they will not be exposed to such changes. The ad blocker present in the Opera browser is customizable where users can introduce a custom domain list and can block any advertising domain.
Vivaldi confirmed giving its users a choice, though there is no decision made on how it will be achieved. Petter Nilsen, Senior Developer at Vivaldi said once Google makes the changes there are many possibilities, one of them would be to replace the API. The extra choice, if the API is removed entirely, would be to creating a limited extensions store. He assured whatever restrictions Google adds they will be able to remove them.
Microsoft Edge has chosen to remain silent on the issue. Earlier last year it ditched its proprietary EdgeHTML browser engine for a Chromium port of Edge, which is currently in public testing. There is no particular plan as far as Microsoft is concerned at the time with regards to Google’s Manifest V3 changes.
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