Fresh off the closure of its acquisition by Google, mobile ad network AdMob is officially launching an iPad-specific SDK to allow app developers to use the network’s ads within their apps. The SDK was previously in beta but is now available to the public.
AdMob says that the SDK is unified across all devices running the iPhone OS, which makes it much easier for developers, who can can download one binary for development across all Apple iPhone OS devices – iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The new also SDK supports two ad formats in native iPad applications: text & tile ads and image ads. Both of these ad formats are available in the three IAB standard ad sizes: 300×250, 728×90, and 468×60.
AdMob has already signed on advertisers to create advertising campaigns for the iPad; currently Amazon.com is currently running a campaign promoting their Kindle for iPad app. AdMob is relatively late to roll out a iPad-specific SDK, competitors Millennial Media, Medialets, Mobclix, and Greystripe have all created ad formats for the device.
The network is also praising the “creative potential of iPad ads using HTML5,” even building demos of ads using HTML5 technology, which rivals Flash, to show off the innovative formats.
This is interesting considering the whole Apple-Flash war, tablet battles and where AdMob’s parent company Google falls into this. At Google I/O conference a few weeks ago, Google CEO Eric Schmidt seemed to position the search giant as Flash’s friend. Of course, it should also be interesting to see if the rumored Google tablet will support Flash and if AdMob will change its tune if this is the case.