Fingertips at the Ready! The Ghostery Mobile Browser is here!

October 31, 2011
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Hiya Ghosterians,

iPhone Versoin

Ghostery for iPhone / iPod Touch

Ghostery for iPad

Exciting news from camp Ghostery today – our iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch app is now available to download for your Apple mobile device! Since its soft launch on Tuesday, we’ve seen more than 5,500 downloads!

Mobile browsers on Apple devices don’t have an add-on framework, so we created the standalone Ghostery Mobile Browser. It works much like our plug-in… we look for elements that match our library and block them at your request.

The Ghostery Mobile Browser also contains many features common to popular browsers, like tabbed browsing, cookie and cache clearing, and bookmarking. Ghostery also comes with built-in search powered by Duck Duck Go, a robust and privacy-centric search engine.

Many thanks to steadfast developer Alex, who cranked out the newest member of the Ghostery family pretty much solo.

A version of Ghostery for mobile devices has been long requested by our user community, and we look forward to working with our users to build a mobile browser that combines the best in browser usability with unprecedented privacy controls.

Download Ghostery Mobile Brower now, and let us know what you think!

Happy (mobile) browsing,

Andy K
Ghostery Product Manager

24 Responses to Fingertips at the Ready! The Ghostery Mobile Browser is here!

  1. Andy G on October 31, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Please release a stand-alone browser for Android or a plugin for a popular Android browser such as Firefox Mobile or Dolphin Browser!

  2. Nico on November 1, 2011 at 3:17 am

    Is the Ghostery based upon another browser engine, or written from scratch?
    Will there come any other editions, like for Android, Symbian or in Java?

  3. Eric P. Scott on November 3, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Doesn’t Apple still prevent all third-party browsers from being able to use their “Nitro” JavaScript framework? If so, Mobile Safari will continue to enjoy an unfair performance advantage. My fantasy has you making a serious effort to turn out the best product you possibly can — something that will earn its place as a “must have” IOS app — then drive Apple absolutely bonkers by releasing something for Android that provides feature parity, but totally smokes it on benchmarks.

    If you really want to be a game changer, investigate whether it’s feasible to develop something viable for a platform like Brew MP. There’s a vast untapped market of people who don’t want to shell out big bucks for premium smartphones and their overpriced mandatory data plans. Right now, the major carriers are still trying to protect their highest margin offerings. Once that segment saturates, I think they’re going to be looking for new revenue opportunities, and there’s a “high end of the low end” with strong potential.

    • adam on November 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      You just sent me down a rabbit hole looking into Brew MP… Can you explain more? What is the (potential) reach of their platform? Ghostery is quickly spreading internationally and alternative platforms may be an interesting direction for us.

  4. Pani on November 4, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Where’s the android version? ;A;

  5. Clare on December 3, 2011 at 8:57 am

    It’s a really attractive browser! I have been using the AdblockWeb browser by appbird, which is aesthetically displeasing, but very functional. Now I’m torn betwen the two. Would it be possible to block ads with the Ghostery browser??

    • adam on December 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      Ghostery blocks trackers and other elements. It just so happens that many ads have tracking pixels embedded in them :) Ghostery will block these ads.

  6. Jorge on December 31, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Any chance for Ghostery running on iPod Touch 2G and iOS 4.21? Tried downloading the app and saw the iOS 4.3 is required. Thanks.

  7. iPollesion on January 12, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks for porting this into iOS!

    • adam on January 23, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      NP!

  8. Robert on February 10, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Please port this to Dolphin HD browser for Android.
    This is the best browser and one of the most popular used on Android.
    It already supports plugins and the developers would be glad to help.
    PLEASE!!! I love Ghostery on my laptop and want to take it mobile too!

  9. Dianne on February 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I’m using Ghostery browser on ipad, and have blocking turned on in settings, but when trackers are listed for a web page they appear to be unblocked. I have to block each one individually to get it to go to italics (blocked status?). How can I have all tracking disabled as I do in safari on my mac? Or is that not necessary with this browser? That part of the interface is confusing. Thanks!

  10. Jesus on March 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Have Ghostery on my pc and love it, I would love it even more if you could port this to android.
    Do you have any plans to port it to android?

    Sincerely

    Jesus

    • adam on March 29, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      We are currently researching Android development!

  11. Zelda on April 12, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    I’m excitedly waiting for ghostery on my Android – hopefully for Dolphin browser.
    Thanks!

    • adam on April 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Currently in R&D!

  12. Edward on April 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Thanks for this browser. I want to second the suggestion for adblocking. I know you focus first on tracking, for good reason, but blocking ads too would be awesome. Something akin to the TACO/AdBlock+ combination on full blown browsers

    I can’t find an iPad ap that Apple allows in its store that does both… I’d certainly pay for a browser that did both, especially for my kid.

  13. Drew on May 31, 2012 at 8:44 am

    First, thanks for making this browser. I was mortified to find out just how many limitations Apple has put on third party tools on the iPad.

    Unfortunately the experience is not exactly smooth. Browsing generally is much slower than using Safari or any other iPad browser I have tried. I accept that the blocking process slows things down a bit, but this was never noticeable to me on a desktop with the Ghostery extension installed.

    Worse, when Ghostery is updating itself, browsing just stops completely. And given that it appears to update itself whenever the application is launched, this means that it sometimes takes 30 seconds before you see your first webpage! This is quite annoying…why not update in the background of things like the Ghostery extension appears to do?

    in short, still needs some work.

  14. martin on June 27, 2012 at 9:24 am

    what about a plugin for firefox on android?

    • adam on July 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      We’re mulling Android apps right now…

      • Martin on July 18, 2012 at 5:42 am

        The sooner the better!!!!!

  15. Wam on February 14, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Hi,
    what is the equivalent of ghostery for android ???

  16. david on March 9, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Having Ghostery on my windows machine is quite an asset ……. Please Please end deliberations and develop Ghostery for android browsers as an example for Dolphin browser
    Firefox etc

    Please develop post haste !!!

    Thanks many many would apprecitate the effort

  17. Rich on January 25, 2014 at 3:09 am

    I really want to try this..

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