Google AdMob founder Omar Hamoui said Apple is not yet banning advertising technology providers from collecting data from iPhone applications. This is a big deal for AdMob, the leading provider of in-application ads on the iPhone.
Apple is not yet banning advertising technology providers
from collecting data from iPhone applications, the vice president of Google's
mobile ad unit confirmed.
Omar Hamoui, who
his mobile display ad company AdMob to Google for $750 million in May, said
AdMob's advertising customers have successfully been able to place ads within
"They haven't been enforcing [the new regulations]
yet. We're very appreciative of that," Hamoui said at the MobileBeat 2010
conference, according to
Apple drew the ire of AdMob in June when it revised its iPhone
Developer Agreement for iOS 4 to prohibit data collection from an
"advertising service provider owned by or affiliated with a developer or
distributor of mobile devices, mobile operating systems or development
environments other than Apple."
That would preclude mobile ad providers such as Google, Yahoo,
Microsoft and AdMob from running ads within applications on the iPhone.
AdMob is the leading provider of in-application ads for the iPhone,
directly challenging how Apple's new iAd platform serves
Apple's move seemed to be a defensive move in the spirit of
competition, a sign of the growing rift between
Apple and Google in the mobile market, where Google's Android platform
challenges the iPhone.
in a blog post Apple's move would be bad for competition and bad for
The Federal Trade Commission apparently agreed and is
Apple's mobile business practices amid complaints the
Google, AdMob and others are being locked out of the iPhone.
At MobileBeat, Hamoui was more specific. He told the
audience Apple's revised terms meant AdMob would not be able to run ads on the
iPhone at all.
He said that without the analytical data generated by
consumers in apps, AdMob cannot track who had clicked on their customer's ads; advertisers
won't buy ads when they can't measure how effective their campaign is on the
But when Apple turned on
iAd July 1, developers who use AdMob and Google's AdSense for Mobile
told the Wall Street Journal their ads worked on the iPhone just fine.
Hamoui's comments confirmed this. It could hold that the
looming threat of regulatory investigations spurred Apple to unofficially allow
AdMob, Google and other third-party ad providers its developer terms were meant
He added that iAd is good for AdMob and Google because it
raises the profile of mobile advertising, stimulating growth for others. ABI
mobile ad spend in the United States will exceed $1.2 billion in 2015.
A successful iAd is also very dangerous for Google, which
may find itself in an unfamiliar position in an online ad market: looking up at
Apple, whose iPhone and iPad tablet have made Apple the premier mobile operating
platform for which to write apps.
He also made comments that may have alluded to AdMob's
future ad strategy. He noted
that there shouldn't be anything that an ad network can do that a
publisher can't do regarding ad units.
Ideally, he said, mobile publishers should get access to
more technology, which will bring them on par with ad networks and therefore
bringing more standardization to the market.