Blokada for Android v4.8 released

Hi everyone, a new update is coming out right now.

This is a maintenance update, with further refinement of the advanced adblocking work made by Faedrak (cname adblocking).

If you haven’t tried yet, we have recently added DuckDuckGo Tracker Radar list (generated by us) into the default lists in the app.

Other than that, we fixed various issues. For the changelog, navigate here.

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Hi Karol

Thanks for the update. Just subscribed to Blokada Plus to support the amazing work you’re doing (12 Months)

The only really issue I’m still having in Android 9 still regularly kills Blokada. Doesn’t seem to have any pattern. Sometimes it’ll be running for hours, other times Android will kill it regularly. Deeply frustrating because this in turn negates the effectiveness of the VPN :frowning:

Keep up the good work my friend

Thanks

Simon Carmont

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Hi Simon, amazing, thank you for your support. Yeah, there’s a lot of trouble to keep the app alive at all time at some devices. I rewritten this code in Blokada 5, and I wonder if it would work better on your device. Have you by any chance tried the beta yet?

Hi Karol

Thanks for your response m8. I am currently using the latest build of Blokada 5.

One this that might be handy. A single icon widget, so we can restart the service, rather than have to restart the app, every time it gets killed.

Thanks

Simon

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The v5 should have the notification that stays on even if it gets disconnected. Did it disappear for you in any situation?

Hi Karol,

The notification is there, so and I have always on VPN, SO but Android kills the notification, and Blokada., with a message always on VPN has become disconnected. I have to open Blokada and start the program again… Which is a pain :pensive::pensive:

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I’m not getting the latest update of 4.8. The app says it’s up to date on 4.7.3. I’m using Android 10.

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I always do a staged rollout to make sure we can stop quickly if some bug occurs. Until now the release was available on our website only. Just now I also published it to the in-app updater, so you should see a notification soon.

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Good afternoon Karol

Hope you and your family are safe and well.

I have some info, that I hope may be of use for you regarding Android 9 & 10 still killing Blokada

I’m sure you know that a lot of the app killing problems are due to Android 9 & 10 having “Duraspeed” baked into the OS. This program aggressively kills background apps, irrespective of battery management settings and has no menu to access it’s hidden settings to disable it, or exclude apps you want to keep running.

The following app – “Activity Launcher” was recommended in a forum –

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.szalkowski.activitylauncher

This app opens up a Duraspeed activity menu, which reveals a menu, for either excluding apps you want to keep running, or turning the service off altogether. The app is freeware, a collaboration between the 2 of you might be interesting?

I am now using this and have disabled Duraspeed completely, which has made Blokada, and other apps that require running in the background, much more reliable. It’s not perfect, the apps still occasionally close. but it is much, much better, and a step closer to a solution.

It’s made a massive improvement on my Oukitel W6, it could be the full solution for other people with this problem.

Hope this helps m8

Thanks

Simon Carmont

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