AMP: Accelerated Mobile Pages are Google’s response to ad blockers and news apps like Apple News

“Google now sees more people searching the Web on smartphones than on desktops and laptops. That poses a problem for the Alphabet company, since mobile advertisements generally garner lower prices than their desktop equivalents,” Adam Levy writes for The Motley Fool. “At the same time, Google is under pressure from mobile ad blockers and new publishing formats from Apple and Facebook.”

“Google’s plan to increase mobile ad revenue includes speeding up the Web, so that more of its ads get displayed. The company announced Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP, earlier this month, and it has the potential to revolutionize the Internet,” Levy writes. “AMP allows Web publishers to tap into a shared library of code, saving browsers megabytes’ worth of HTML and Javascript code that are commonly featured on each individual Web page. It also enables smart caching to support faster load times. The result is a page that usually takes 6 seconds to load will take less than half a second to load when reworked with AMP.”

“Meanwhile, Apple released Apple News with the latest iteration of iOS. Apple is continuing the shift of news consumption from the Web to mobile apps. In-app content is immune to ad blockers that Apple started to allow in the App Store with the new iOS. It’s also locked ad serving to the app creator — Apple News publishers must use iAd,” Levy writes. “Google has a strong interest in keeping the Web relatively open. Google Web crawlers can’t read what’s behind Facebook’s and Apple’s walled gardens, so having more content published on those platforms means less content for Google to link to in its search results. Additionally, Google can’t make any money off publishers on those publishers because, as mentioned, Facebook and Apple don’t support third-party ad platforms.”

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MacDailyNews Take: After years of stagnation and ever-more-awful ad networks, ’tis very interesting times indeed for online publishers, visitors, advertisers, app makers, and advertising entities like Google, Apple’s iAd, Facebook, etc.

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Apple News is fast, responsive, enjoyable, and it might become your only news app – July 15, 2015
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How Apple’s mobile ad-blocker could backfire on the company and iPhone, iPad users – June 12, 2015
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  1. An interesting conundrum.. On one hand you can have one Browser App on your device to access tons of websites on the other you have one App for each website/company you are interested in. I guess if you have the space on your device to spare… 🙂

    1. No, you have 3 options
      -Web for little common places you visit (wild west)
      -The Special content gathering apps like apple News, which provide a nicer design, custom tailored content, some of it curated. Like a huge shopping mall with air conditioner. (limited content inside, but selected vendors) some malls are high fashion, some are more of like outlets.
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      you are free to choose, apple is giving more choice not less.

      1. Is there a sort of master app to which you can add easy access directly to chosen vendors own apps so that you can have instant access to those most important to you in one place rather than having to access them separately?

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