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On March 19, 2018, we are updating how AdNetworkType1 and AdNetworkType2 columns report zero impression rows related to video networks.

Currently, if you request AdNetworkType1 or AdNetworkType2 columns and request zero impression rows by setting the includeZeroImpressions flag to true, you get back zero impression rows for YOUTUBE_SEARCH and YOUTUBE_WATCH values only if you target these networks in your Advertiser account. After this change, we will always return zero rows corresponding to these network types irrespective of whether you advertise on these networks. Other network types are not affected by this change.

This change makes the behavior of YOUTUBE_SEARCH and YOUTUBE_WATCH network types consistent with the behavior of other network types. Once this change goes live, you may start seeing a higher number of zero impression rows than what you see today when requesting AdNetworkType1 or AdNetworkType2 columns along with zero impression rows.

If you have any questions about these changes, post them in our developer forum.

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We’re excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with the Accelerated Mobile Pages team to bring you amp-ima-video, an IMA-SDK-enabled video player extension for AMP pages. This extension has been an AMP experiment for the past few months, but today we’re moving from experiment to public release.

amp-ima-video provides an AMP-enabled video player with the IMA SDK pre-integrated, so you can easily play and monetize content on your AMP pages. Simply provide your content URL and an ad tag, and we’ll handle playing back the video and ad(s). The extension currently supports linear in-stream single ads and VMAP playlists. To see it in action, check out the AMP by Example page for the extension.

If you have any questions or issues with the extension, please file them via the AMP issue tracker on GitHub.

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Today we’re pleased to announce several additions and improvements to the DFP API with the release of v201802. Here are the highlights:

LineItemService: The API now supports the Preferred Deals lineItemType, which allows you to programmatically offer inventory to specific buyers. Check out our Preferred Deals overview for more information.

PublisherQueryLanguageService: There are several new columns available through PQL in v201802. In the Audience_Segment PQL table, the newly added PpidSize column contains the number of unique viewers in a segment. In the Programmatic_Buyer PQL table, the new EnabledForPreferredDeals and EnabledForProgrammaticGuaranteed columns allow you to validate whether a buyer can be associated with a proposal based on the types of proposal line items it contains.

ReportService: A number of reporting features have made it from the UI into the API in v201802. The Demand Channel dimension is now available through the API via DEMAND_CHANNEL_NAME and DEMAND_CHANNEL_ID. Also, the Request Type can be accessed via REQUEST_TYPE. You can now filter proposal line items with the PROPOSAL_LINE_ITEM_TYPE dimension attribute. Finally, you can specify the currency type with adxReportCurrency for Ad Exchange Historical reports. You can read more on how Ad Exchange report currency works in Help Center.

For a full list of API changes in v201802, see the release notes.

Like sands through the hourglass, so are the deprecations of our lives. If you're using v201705 or earlier, it's time to look into upgrading. Also, remember that v201702 will be sunset at the end of March 2018.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us on the DFP API forums.

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With the release of v3.7.0 of the IMA iOS SDK, we will stop providing forum support and bug fixes for iOS IMA SDK issues specifically related to iOS 8 and below.

What does this mean if an app is currently targeting iOS 8?

  • There are no changes in v3.7.0 specifically designed to break compatibility, so the iOS IMA SDK will continue to work with iOS 8 in the short term. However, future releases are not guaranteed to continue to work with iOS 8.
  • Bugs that only affect iOS 8 will no longer be investigated.
  • If you are using our GoogleAds-IMA-iOS-SDK CocoaPod and want to update to v3.7.0, you'll need to start targeting iOS 9+.

What about other iOS versions?

We periodically stop supporting older iOS versions when adoption levels fall below a certain level. Whenever we end support for a major iOS release, we make announcements on our blog and release notes page.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us on our support forum.

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Beginning the week of February 20, a number of reach report metrics in DCM will be renamed. This renaming will modify both API names and column header names in generated report files. These changes are being made to prevent confusion as new reach reports and metrics are developed. The changes are as follows:

Reach Metrics

Old API name Old column header New API name New column header
dfa:activeViewViewableImpressionReach Active View: Viewable Impression Reach dfa:activeViewViewableImpressionCookieReach Active View: Viewable Impression Cookie Reach
dfa:averageImpressionFrequency Average Impression Frequency dfa:cookieReachAverageImpressionFrequency Cookie Reach: Average Impression Frequency
dfa:clickReach Click Reach dfa:cookieReachClickReach Cookie Reach: Click Reach
dfa:impressionReach Impression Reach dfa:cookieReachImpressionReach Cookie Reach: Impression Reach
dfa:incrementalImpressionReach Incremental Impression Reach dfa:cookieReachIncrementalImpressionReach Cookie Reach: Incremental Impression Reach
dfa:incrementalClickReach Incremental Click Reach dfa:cookieReachIncrementalClickReach Cookie Reach: Incremental Click Reach
dfa:incrementalTotalReach Incremental Total Reach dfa:cookieReachIncrementalTotalReach Cookie Reach: Incremental Total Reach
dfa:totalReach Total Reach dfa:cookieReachTotalReach Cookie Reach: Total Reach
dfa:duplicateClickReach Duplicate Click Reach dfa:cookieReachDuplicateClickReach Cookie Reach: Duplicate Click Reach
dfa:duplicateClickReachPercent Duplicate Click Reach Percent dfa:cookieReachDuplicateClickReachPercent Cookie Reach: Duplicate Click Reach %
dfa:duplicateImpressionReach Duplicate Impression Reach dfa:cookieReachDuplicateImpressionReach Cookie Reach: Duplicate Impression Reach
dfa:duplicateImpressionReachPercent Duplicate Impression Reach Percent dfa:cookieReachDuplicateImpressionReachPercent Cookie Reach: Duplicate Impression Reach %
dfa:duplicateTotalReach Duplicate Total Reach dfa:cookieReachDuplicateTotalReach Cookie Reach: Duplicate Total Reach
dfa:duplicateTotalReachPercent Duplicate Total Reach Percent dfa:cookieReachDuplicateTotalReachPercent Cookie Reach: Duplicate Total Reach %
dfa:exclusiveClickReach Exclusive Click Reach dfa:cookieReachExclusiveClickReach Cookie Reach: Exclusive Click Reach
dfa:exclusiveClickReachPercent Exclusive Click Reach Percent dfa:cookieReachExclusiveClickReachPercent Cookie Reach: Exclusive Click Reach %
dfa:exclusiveImpressionReach Exclusive Impression Reach dfa:cookieReachExclusiveImpressionReach Cookie Reach: Exclusive Impression Reach
dfa:exclusiveImpressionReachPercent Exclusive Impression Reach Percent dfa:cookieReachExclusiveImpressionReachPercent Cookie Reach: Exclusive Impression Reach %
dfa:exclusiveTotalReach Exclusive Total Reach dfa:cookieReachExclusiveTotalReach Cookie Reach: Exclusive Total Reach
dfa:exclusiveTotalReachPercent Exclusive Total Reach Percent dfa:cookieReachExclusiveTotalReachPercent Cookie Reach: Exclusive Total Reach %
dfa:overlapClickReach Overlap Click Reach dfa:cookieReachOverlapClickReach Cookie Reach: Overlap Click Reach
dfa:overlapClickReachPercent Overlap Click Reach Percent dfa:cookieReachOverlapClickReachPercent Cookie Reach: Overlap Click Reach %
dfa:overlapImpressionReach Overlap Impression Reach dfa:cookieReachOverlapImpressionReach Cookie Reach: Overlap Impression Reach
dfa:overlapImpressionReachPercent Overlap Impression Reach Percent dfa:cookieReachOverlapImpressionReachPercent Cookie Reach: Overlap Impression Reach %
dfa:overlapTotalReach Overlap Total Reach dfa:cookieReachOverlapTotalReach Cookie Reach: Overlap Total Reach
dfa:overlapTotalReachPercent Overlap Total Reach Percent dfa:cookieReachOverlapTotalReachPercent Cookie Reach: Overlap Total Reach %

Unique Reach (Beta) Metrics

Old API name Old column header New API name New column header
dfa:uniqueReachClick Unique Reach: Click dfa:uniqueReachClickReach Unique Reach: Click Reach
dfa:uniqueReachImpression Unique Reach: Impression dfa:uniqueReachImpressionReach Unique Reach: Impression Reach
dfa:uniqueReachTotal Unique Reach: Total dfa:uniqueReachTotalReach Unique Reach: Total Reach

Questions about this or anything else DCM API related? Contact us via our support forum.

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Today we're pleased to announce that you can now create service account keys to access the Content API for Shopping directly in the Merchant Center!

Even if you've already set up service accounts for your solutions, you can still create a new service account key here if you'd like to switch to managing your service account keys directly in the Merchant Center. See the Retrieve a service account key for authentication section of the Get Started guide for more details.

Note: This feature does not remove the other ways to create and manage Content API authentication. If you'd prefer to manage your Google API Console project and service accounts yourself, you can still follow the steps in the Service Accounts guide. If you are accessing others' Merchant Center accounts using OAuth 2.0, you'll still want to follow the steps in the Authorize Requests guide instead of using service accounts.

If you have any questions or feedback about the new service account management in the Merchant Center, or any other questions about the Content API for Shopping, please let us know on the forum.

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Today we're pleased to announce the release of the Unified Native Ads API, an easier way to implement AdMob Native Ads Advanced. This feature is now available in Google Mobile Ads for iOS, as of version 7.28.0. The Android version will be made available in an upcoming release.

With this feature, the existing native ad formats in Native Ads Advanced — GADNativeAppInstallAd and GADNativeContentAd — are replaced by a single format, GADUnifiedNativeAd. The corresponding views, GADNativeAppInstallAdView and GADNativeContentAdView, are replaced by a single corresponding view, GADUnifiedNativeAdView.

Using the Unified Native Ads API, you no longer need to create UIs for ad content and app install ad formats separately. Instead you will create one UI for unified native ads, saving you time from developing and maintaining two separate UIs and associated code for the two previous ad formats, while still getting the same ad demand.

Here's a short code example showing how your implementation might change when migrating from the separate formats to the new unified format:

@implementation ViewController

- (void)viewDidLoad {
  [super viewDidLoad];

// Note here we request only `kGADAdLoaderAdTypeUnifiedNative` and no
// longer request both `kGADAdLoaderAdTypeAppInstall` and
// `kGADAdLoaderAdTypeContentAd`
  self.adLoader = [[GADAdLoader alloc] initWithAdUnitID:YOUR_AD_UNIT_ID
          rootViewController:self
                     adTypes:@[ kGADAdLoaderAdTypeUnifiedNative ]
                     options:nil];
  self.adLoader.delegate = self;
  [self.adLoader loadRequest:[GADRequest request]];
  }
}

#pragma mark - GADUnifiedNativeAdLoaderDelegate
- (void)adLoader:(GADAdLoader *)adLoader
    didReceiveUnifiedNativeAd:(GADUnifiedNativeAd *)nativeAd {
 // A unified native ad has loaded, and can be displayed.
}

// Note that the two separate ad type delegate callbacks are no longer needed.
#pragma mark - GADNativeAppInstallAdLoaderDelegate
- (void)adLoader:(GADAdLoader *)adLoader
    didReceiveNativeAppInstallAd:(GADNativeAppInstallAd *)nativeAppInstallAd {
   // An app install ad has loaded, and can be displayed.
}

#pragma mark - GADNativeContentAdLoaderDelegate
- (void)adLoader:(GADAdLoader *)adLoader
    didReceiveNativeContentAd:(GADNativeContentAd *)nativeContentAd {
   // A content ad has loaded, and can be displayed.
}

With the Unified Native Ads format, you still need to respect the required and recommended assets for display, and check the availability of certain assets when displaying the Unified Native Ad.

For detailed documentation on how to implement Unified Native Ads, refer to the developer documentation and the updated sample code.

If you have any questions about this feature in the Google Mobile Ads SDK, please drop us a line at the developer forum.