Introducing Crystal for Samsung Internet Browser

What is Crystal?

Crystal is an adblocker that I originally released alongside iOS 9 for iPhone & iPad. It had a strong launch and reached #1 on the App Store in 32 countries worldwide! As of today, it is now it is available on Samsung Android devices running the latest Samsung Internet Browser included in the Marshmallow (v6.0) update.

In the latest version of Samsung Internet Browser, Samsung has built in a Content Blocker extension API which allows 3rd party apps, such as Crystal, to provide a filterlist to the browser to block content online. Such as adverts & user tracking.

By using Crystal to block obtrusive advertising, pages will load faster and consume less data.

Once you try browsing with Crystal, you won't want to switch back! 

What features does Crystal for Samsung Internet have? 

Crystal is able to load many different community supported filter lists for blocking adverts in different international regions, block privacy intrusive trackers, malware domains and social networking annoyances.

Also Crystal includes the ability to support sites that conform to the Acceptable Ads criteria by allowing non-intrusive advertising. For people who want to block all ads, there is a “one tap” button to disable the feature to block all known advertising online.

Finally, Crystal updates its filter lists seamlessly in the background ensuring that it is always up-to-date to give you the  most optimal adblocking experience.

Any update on Crystal for iOS?

Yes! I am working hard for the new 2.0 update which is due out soon and has some great new features that have been requested by the community. Watch this space!

Crystal on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.crystalapp.crystal
Crystal on Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1022177308
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Crystal - FAQ's

I've had a lot of questions about Crystal and Content Blocking in general over the past few weeks. Here's a little post to clear up some info. 

What does Crystal do?

Crystal is a content blocker - It primarily blocks 3rd party adverts and tracking scripts, stuff that runs in the background when you visit sites. It removes irritations such as full screen interstitials with tiny close buttons, popups/popunders, autoplay video, unwanted redirects to the App Store... All the annoyances you have with the modern day web. 

Why would I want Crystal?

A side effect of blocking adverts and tracking is performance. After profiling 10 popular news sites with & without Crystal, I found the pages fully loaded 3.9x times faster on average while using 53% less data. It's tricky to measure, but it's safe to say this has a very positive impact on battery life too! 

Does it work on every website? 

The majority of sites, yes! As I am unable to fully test the whole web, I have built in two great complimentary features. A "Report Site" feature that makes it easy to let me know when a site is showing adverts or not functioning correctly, and a Smart Sync, which allows me to update the blocklist remotely.

What about 3rd Party Apps?

Content blockers only work in Safrai, and any apps that use the new Safari View Controller, such as Twitterrific

Wait, don't websites rely on ad income?! Why are you doing this?

A question I've asked myself on and off the past couple months. Truth is, the mobile web has become a polluted, and this is the first real opportunity to clear it up, for better or worse. There is a lot more going on behind the scenes when you load up websites, this great post by Rob Leathern profiles The New York Post and has some amazing findings. Unfortunately, this practice is quite common within the industry. 

Can Crystal track your browsing habits?

No - Content Blockers on iOS 9 are not able to view this data.

Is Crystal going to be a Universal App? 

Yes - Fully native on iPhone and iPad.

Will there be an OS X Version?

Yes - That is planned. 

What languages will it support? 

English, French, German, Spanish, Danish, Japanese & Chinese (Simplified & Traditional).

When is the release date?

If all goes to plan, it'll release with iOS 9.

Whats your pricing model?

To ensure I can support the app in the long term (I have some great features planned!), and to cover any cloud hosting costs, it will be a premium app. No price is decided yet.

Can I help beta test and/or be notified when its released? 

I've reached the maximum amount of testers I can currently hold until Test Flight is ready for iOS 9 apps. However you can sign up to join the Test Flight beta, I'll be randomly* selecting 1000-2000 people from the list to test when Test Flight is ready. You can also use the form to signup to be notified when Crystal is released. 
*If you were in the first 500 on the list, you're guaranteed a spot!

 

designcode.io - Learn iOS Design & Xcode

Design+Code is an online course, delivered through text and video, designed to teach you how to create an app from scratch. From design through to mock ups, prototyping and creation of a functional app. 

As someone who enjoys digital design but finds it a natural struggle, it was very empowering to follow along the tutorials in Sketch and see a basic prototype on my phone. When it comes to code, the author, Meng To, does a great job of explaining just enough of the Swift language to get you comfortable to understand what is happening while you follow along. It's also great to see how Meng uses Xcode Storyboards to do quick prototypes for apps without any code. It's so simple, obvious once you see it done, but it had never occurred to me to do it. 

There is also a great community aspect that comes with this course. Meng sends out a weekly newsletter of curated links relating to app creation & design, and there is a Facebook group dedicated to this course, who I have found are very helpful in answering questions and helping each-other out with different aspects of the course and app creation in general.

Design+Code is a unique way of teaching, and to me an effective one. Be sure to check it out at designcode.io.

"Rate This App"

Most apps ask at the wrong time, they'll prompt users after x number of launches. For example, today I opened Mailbox to check my mail, and boom up pops a "rate this app" dialog. Honestly, I just wanted to check my mail, and had I been a different type of user, I may have said sure I'll rate your app… headed to the app store and left a scathing 1 star review.
- DanCounsell.com

Asking for a review on the App Store shouldn't be a sin, but most developers approach it wrong. Dan has highlighted some great effective ways to prompt dedicated users to rate or review your app. 

Source: http://dancounsell.com/articles/prompting-...