Feeds

Apple crushes Quattro as RIM hot-wires own ads vehicle

The fast, the furious and the expensive

Intelligent flash storage arrays

As Apple shuts down Quattro Wireless in favour of its own advertising platform iAds, it seems that RIM is looking to make a similar move into mobile advertising.

Quattro Wireless was in the business of embedding adverts into mobile applications and web sites, but was bought by Apple in January to provide intelligence for Apple's iAds server - which is limited to the iOS platform. That intelligence transfer is now complete, and the Quattro service has disappeared. RIM, meanwhile, is considering spending $400m for another mobile advertising player, Millennial.

The Wall Street Journal cites the omni-prescient "people familiar with the matter" saying that RIM balked at paying such a high price for Millennial. Apple is reckoned to have paid around $275m for Quattro, though both numbers look small when compared to the $750m that Google shelled out for AdMob. But even if it won't pay $400m, RIM is still looking to make an acquisition in the mobile advertising space.

This makes sense for a company that wants to be taking seriously as a competitor to Apple. RIM yesterday introduced two new price levels for BlackBerry apps: $1.99 and $.99. Previously apps started at $2.99 or had to be given away free. That brings the platform more in line with the iTunes store, and embedded advertising can provide a useful subsidy for such low prices.

Not that Apple is making a great play with iAds - it's early days, but advertising companies are already complaining that having Apple at the table isn't helping the creative process. Apple has to be there because it's responsible for coding the iAds and spends much of its time explaining what the platform can and can't do. Advertisers have to stump up a million dollars to get onto the platform, for which Nissan gets an ad that changes the colour of the car when you shake the phone. Oddly enough this is one of the hyped features of the Quattro platform.

Quattro itself lies dead in the water. As of this morning the web site redirects to iAds and advertisers have received a notification that iAds is the best thing since sliced bread, and they wouldn't want their message going out to people without an iPhone anyway. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'
iPhones bent in Norwich? As if the place wasn't weird enough
Consumers agree to give up first-born child for free Wi-Fi – survey
This Herod network's ace – but crap reception in bullrushes
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
Sea-Me-We 5 construction starts
New sub cable to go live 2016
New EU digi-commish struggles with concepts of net neutrality
Oettinger all about the infrastructure – but not big on substance
EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers
Carrier apologises for 'inflated' measurements cockup
Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS
The others guys are being mean so therefore ... monopoly all good, yeah?
Surprise: if you work from home you need the Internet
Buffer-rage sends Aussies out to experience road rage
prev story

Whitepapers

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.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
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?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.