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Updated Google has admitted it's having problems paying developers using its AdMob mobile app advertising platform, owing to problems with PayPal.

El Reg's inbox has been filling up with messages from developers having problems with getting payments sorted this week, and there have been claims that the Chocolate Factory is censoring posts in the AdMob group forums that complain about the issue.

"As you know of the Android ecosystem every penny to a small-time developer like myself counts," wrote one. "Well Google are late with paying our ad revenue via PayPal this month. I think it's time I forgot about AdMob and move to another platform. They seem like they don't give a s**t as they have kept us in the dark throughout this."

Apple says it has paid out over $6bn to developers in App Store sales, and while analysts think Android is catching up fast in terms of total revenue, its much larger user base means developers get less for their code. Operating on such tight margins makes life very difficult for a lot of smaller coding concerns, and the lack of information from Google has been vexing for many, it seems.

In the longer term, however, things look better for Android developers. Google is expected to beat Facebook this year for the mobile ad revenue market with a forecast of $2.31bn in revenues despite the social network's attempts to bolster its mobile business

People familiar with the matter told El Reg that the problem was being worked on and should be sorted out within a couple of days. It is thought some posts on the topic were removed by moderators to prevent repetitive messages, and the company has now posted a formal comment on the matter.

"We are currently experiencing issues with PayPal causing a delay in payment processing. Please be assured that your payment is not lost and will be sent as soon as possible," said Eric Leichtenschlag, developer programs engineer for Google AdMob Ads.

So, the check is in the (electronic) mail, then. ®

Update

Google reports the problem has now been fixed and payments are flowing again.

"Paypal issues have been resolved, and you guys should be receiving payments shortly if you haven't been paid already," Leichtenschlag said on the Admob forum.

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