Feeds

Apple to splurge $275m on mobile ad broker

Quids thrown at Quattro

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Apple is reportedly about to buy ad broker Quattro Wireless for $275m - a third of what Google hopes the regulator will let it pay for competing service AdMob.

The details come from All Things Digital, which reports that an announcement could come later today on Apple's coughing up for the ad broker. The deal will include the broker's technology for injecting advertising into mobile applications, including iPhone apps.

The deal follows Apple's much-rumoured attempt to buy competing service AdMob, which broke down when Google put $750m on the table to buy the company. AdMob is bigger than Quattro, and if the deal is approved it will give Google somewhere between 40 and 75 per cent of the mobile-advertising market, which is why that deal is still under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.

Apple buying Quattro could be good news for Google, certainly giving the search giant a significant competitor at which to point to prove it's not operating a monopoly.

In-application advertising has been heralded as the next big thing for some decades now, but in mobile applications it seems to be happening. Email client Eudora had an advertising mode for years, and games often feature product placements these days, some of which can be updated remotely. But the always-connected nature of a mobile phone lends itself well to updatable advertising in applications.

Not that these technologies are limited to mobile phones; devices such as Amazon's Kindle are equally well connected and have pages of text crying out to be filled with advertising. As connectivity becomes ubiquitous so will embedded advertising, with Google and Apple competing to supply it. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
FCC, Google cast eye over millimetre wireless
The smaller the wave, the bigger 5G's chances of success
It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE
By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy
Mobile coverage on trains really is pants
You thought it was just *insert your provider here*, but now we have numbers
Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)
A bit late, but company says 1Gbps Austin network almost ready to compete with AT&T
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.