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Google Targets Mobile Marketing Business

Google will be acquiring AdMob, a network for ads on mobile gadgets for $750 million

Google will be acquiring AdMob, a network for ads on mobile gadgets for $750 million broadening its advertising reach to include mobile segments.

Omar Hamoui, CEO of Admob launched the company 4 year ago and has been a pioneer in the way he has maneuvered the controls imposed by wireless carriers to produce an effective mobile network for advertising.

The platform has allowed Independent apps developers to find cost-effective ways to sell their product in targeted spots.

Till date, Admob has displayed 140 billion ads on mobile Web sites and applications and it's revenue is expected to be anywhere between $45 million and $60 million this year.

Google plans on leveraging AdMob's headstart in the mobile ads space that pundits predict is going to explode in the next four years, and takes a natural step sideways from its main source of revenue in online advertising.

The proposed acquisition follows several aggressive steps that Google has taken off late to boost its mobile strategy. In addition to its own mobile Operating system, Android which has been widely adopted by device makers, Google is also said to be working on its own phone called Nexus One.

The deal is not sealed yet though.

The acquisition proposal has been placed in front of The Federal Trade Commission which has requested for more information indicating that it might be concerned that Google's growing dominance in the mobile segment could stifle fair competition .Google is quick to defend it's position by referring to similar mobile ad networks from counterparts like Mojiva and AOL and pointing out that mobile ads market is not evolved enough as yet to be considered distinct.

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Lavenya Dilip was responsible for Marketing at Green Rack Systems.