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Shortly after the release of AdWords API v201802, review extensions will be sunset from both extension settings services and feed services for all API versions.

What will happen?
For extension settings services (AdGroupExtensionSettingService, CampaignExtensionSettingService, CustomerExtensionSettingService):
  • You will not be able to create a new ReviewFeedItem using any of the extension settings services.
  • No ReviewFeedItems will be returned for get() or query() requests to any of the extension settings services.
For feed services (FeedService, FeedItemService, FeedMappingService):
  • You will not be able to pass ID 8 to placeholderType of FeedMapping when creating a new feed mapping.
  • Feeds, feed items and feed mappings related to review extensions will still be returned for get() or query() requests to FeedService, FeedItemService and FeedMappingService, respectively.
For CampaignFeedService, AdGroupFeedService and CustomerFeedService:
  • You will not be able to pass ID 8 to placeholderType of CampaignFeed, AdGroupFeed or CustomerFeed.
  • All CampaignFeed, AdGroupFeed and CustomerFeed that are associated with review extensions (have ID 8 in their placeholderTypes) will not be returned for get() or query().
Note that you can still find historical stats for your review extensions after the sunset in PLACEHOLDER_REPORT and PLACEHOLDER_FEED_ITEM_REPORT.

What should you do?
If you have code that retrieves, adds or updates review extensions using any services above, please review your code before March 1 to ensure that the changes above won’t have a negative impact on your application.

As always, if you have any questions, please post on the forum.

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AdWords API v201702 will be sunset on February 14, 2018. After this date, all v201702 API requests will begin to fail. Given the upcoming sunset of v201705 and v201708 simultaneously in March of 2018, we strongly recommend that you skip v201705 and v201708 and migrate directly to v201710. Please migrate prior to February 14, 2018 to ensure your API access is unaffected.

We've prepared various resources to help you with the migration: As always, if you have any questions about this migration, please contact us via the forum.

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Today we're announcing a behavior change when requesting test ads using the Google Mobile Ads SDK. It enables you to test your own ad units while also ensuring that you are in test mode.

When using the Google Mobile Ads SDK during development, we recommend that you configure your device to request test ads. Always testing with test ads is important so you avoid having your account flagged for invalid activity.

Previously, enabling test ads resulted in the same sample ad like this one being shown in your app:

While this worked well as a basic check, it didn't allow for testing what real ads would look like in a production environment. For example, you couldn't test your mediation configurations or the different types of banner and interstitial formats that AdMob offers. The update we're rolling out addresses these problems.

New Test Ad Behavior

Starting today, apps built against Google Mobile Ads SDK 11.6.0 or higher on Android or 7.26.0 or higher on iOS can take advantage of the new behavior of test ads, which serves production-looking ads without charging advertisers. With this change, you can safely test the clickthrough behavior of your ads without your account getting flagged for invalid activity.

Banner, interstitial, and rewarded test ads now show a "Test Ad" label in the top-middle of the ad to give you a visual indicator that the ad returned is actually a test ad.

Sample 300x250 Banner ad

For native advanced test ads, the headline asset has the text "Test Ad" prepended.

Sample native content ad.

Test ads with Mediation

When using mediation, ads shown from third-party ad networks won't display the test ad label. Only Google ads show the test ad label. You are responsible for ensuring that your testing of third-party ad networks is compliant with their stated policies. See each mediation network's respective mediation guide for more information on how to enable test ads on those networks.

See the testing guide (Android | iOS) for more information on how to enable test ads in the Google Mobile Ads SDK. If you have any questions, contact us on the developer forum.