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Today we're launching version 3.0.0 of the Google Mobile Ads Unity Plugin. The updated Unity package is available for download on our GitHub repo.

Streamlined Build Process

With the v3.0.0 release of the Google Mobile Ads Unity plugin, the process for generating both Android and iOS projects no longer requires additional setup.

Android

The Google Play Services library project no longer has to be included within your Unity project. Instead, the necessary Google Play services client libraries are automatically copied into Unity projects at build time. This functionality is provided via the Unity JarResolver library (linked on our GitHub repo). This change decreases app size and fixes compatibility issues with other Unity plugins that use Google Play services, such as the Google Play Games plugin.

iOS

The Google Mobile Ads Unity plugin now uses CocoaPods to deploy the Google Mobile Ads SDK into the iOS project generated by Unity. The Google Mobile Ads Unity plugin will also configure all necessary build settings for the iOS project.

Custom IAP

This release of the Google Mobile Ads Unity Plugin also brings support for non-default in-app purchases. The non-default purchase flow gives developers full control over the implementation of the billing flow, while allowing for purchase of both consumable and non-consumable products. Steps on how to integrate non-default in-app purchases into your Unity application can be found on our Game Developers guide.

Ad Event Refactoring

This release includes a refactoring of ad events for both banners and interstitials. Take note of the following changes and update projects written against past versions of the Google Mobile Ads Unity plugin.

Old Ad Event New Ad Event
AdLoaded OnAdLoaded
AdFailedtoLoad OnAdFailedToLoad
AdOpened OnAdOpening
AdClosing (deprecated)
AdClosed OnAdClosed
AdLeftApplication OnAdLeavingApplication

The source code and a sample app for the plugin are available on our GitHub repo, as is a changelog for this release. If you have any questions about Unity integration, you can reach us on our forum. Remember that you can also find us on Google+, where we post updates on all of our Google Ads developer products.

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Today we're releasing v2.4 of the DCM/DFA Reporting and Trafficking API. This release brings a number of exciting enhancements, including full support for universal ads! As we pre-announced back in November, this means that:
  • Placements can now be created using new universal compatibilities.
  • Creating placements using legacy in-page and in-app compatibilities is no longer supported.
Details about this and other improvements can be found in the release notes.

Deprecation and sunset reminder

In accordance with our deprecation schedule, this release marks the beginning of the deprecation period for v2.2, which will sunset on May 31st, 2016. After this date, any requests made against v2.2 will begin returning errors.

As a final reminder, API versions 1.x, 2.0, and 2.1 will be sunset on February 29th, 2016. To avoid an interruption in service, all users are required to migrate off of these versions by the sunset date.

Learn More

As with every new version of the DCM/DFA Reporting and Trafficking API, we encourage you to carefully review all changes in the release notes. For those of you looking to get going right away, updated client libraries are now available. If you're just starting out, the Get Started guide is a great reference to help you get up and running quickly.

Give it a try and let us know if you have any questions!

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Today we’re announcing the release of AdWords API v201601. This is the first release that follows the new release schedule announced earlier this month. Here are the highlights: If you’re using v201506 of the AdWords API, please note that it’s being sunset on April 11th, 2016 as previously announced. We encourage you to skip v201509 and migrate straight to v201601.

As with every new version of the AdWords API, we encourage you to carefully review all changes in the release notes and the v201601 migration guide. The updated client libraries and code examples will be published shortly. With this release, we’ve also updated the Required Minimum Functionality document to include some of the newly added features.

If you have any questions or need help with migration, please post on the forum or the Ads Developers Plus Page.

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In October 2015, we announced the Google My Business API and the sunset of manual location extensions in AdWords. To give developers more time to migrate their locations from AdWords to Google My Business, we have decided to extend the manual location extensions sunset and voluntary migration deadline beyond March 31. Existing locations in AdWords will not be auto-migrated until further notice. We will announce the revised sunset timeline and more details about auto-migration on this blog at a future date. Apologies for any inconvenience, please contact us if you have any questions.

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To bring the API in line with UI changes, the Product Codes AFMC and AFS have been deprecated and are now ignored by the API. Valid values are AFC, AFG and AFV.

The mobileContentAdsSettings information for an AdUnit will no longer be populated since AFMC is no longer supported; the fields will still be returned but they will be empty.

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In accordance with our deprecation schedule, we will be sunsetting v2.1 and all earlier versions of the DCM/DFA Reporting and Trafficking API on February 29th, 2016. On this date, any requests made against v2.1 or earlier of the API will begin returning errors. If you're still actively working with any of these versions, we strongly encourage you to begin migrating to the most current release to avoid an interruption in service.

In many cases, migrating will be as easy as adopting the latest version of your preferred client library. We recommend, however, that all migrating users review the release notes to learn about important version differences you may need to be aware of.

If you have questions about this or anything else DCM API related, feel free to reach out to us on our support forum.

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In response to overwhelming feedback from our most active developers, we're announcing that we will begin releasing new versions of the AdWords API more frequently on an experimental basis, compared to the current three-times-a-year schedule. Starting at the end of January 2016, API releases will occur at the end of every alternate month, continuing through March, May, July, and September. We will reassess the cost and benefits of this release schedule to the developer community throughout the experiment and determine whether to continue with it or fall back to the current three-times-a-year schedule.

We believe that delivering API releases more frequently will help you, the API users, get quicker access to AdWords innovations for making continuous improvements to your tools and platforms.

Each of these releases will be considered a major release and will trigger the deprecation of the oldest outstanding major release. Previously, we supported 2 releases concurrently at any given time, and 3 releases for a brief period of 4 weeks to help you skip a major release entirely. With the new release schedule, we will support 3 releases concurrently at any given time and 4 releases for a brief period of 4 weeks to accommodate developers who want to skip two major releases entirely. Overall, every AdWords API version will still be available for roughly the same time period as before.

The new experimental schedule will result in the following releases:

New Release
(recommended)
Old Release
(supported, just not the latest)
Deprecated Release
(supported, but going away soon)
Sunset Release
(not supported 4 weeks after new release date)
January 2016September 2015June 2015
March 2016January 2016September 2015June 2015
May 2016March 2016January 2016September 2015
July 2016May 2016March 2016January 2016
September 2016July 2016May 2016March 2016

Our current published sunset schedule remains unaffected. The v201506 release will be sunset on 11 April 2016 as previously announced. The v201509 release will continue to be supported concurrently with the v201601 release and will be deprecated once the v201603 release is announced.

If you have any questions about this announcement please post them on the forum.