Example: How-to Install Google AdMob 6.x into Android Apps

How to make money from your FREE Android App

Previously I have posted the step-by-step how-to related to AdMob SDK 4.x in your Android apps in this post http://blog.kerul.net/2011/05/installing-google-admob-into-android.html . This time is the AdMob 6.0 SDK released just recently. There’s one think I don’t like about the tutorial in the official documentation, the example only demonstrate an app with only one widget, which is the AdView widget (read here if u’d like to know what I mean https://developers.google.com/mobile-ads-sdk/docs/admob/fundamentals). Practically that doesn’t happen, coz normally we have several other widgets in the screen.

//this is the simplified versions of the codes below.

1. Download and admob sdk - in libs folder. Set path to the external library

2. admob layout
<com.google.ads.AdView
xmlns:ads="http://schemas.android.com/apk/lib/com.google.ads"
android:id="@+id/ad"
android:layout_width="fill_parent"
android:layout_height="wrap_content"
ads:adSize="SMART_BANNER"
ads:adUnitId="738a44d913034b9f" />

3. add control in Java src
//admob widget
private AdView adView;
adView = (AdView)findViewById(R.id.ad);
adView.loadAd(new AdRequest());

4. AndroidManifext.xml - add add this activity declaration inside <application></application>
<activity android:name="com.google.ads.AdActivity"
android:configChanges="keyboard|keyboardHidden|orientation|screenLayout|uiMode|screenSize|smallestScreenSize"/>

5. AndroidManifext.xml - additional permissions
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE"/>
<meta-data android:value="true" android:name="ADMOB_ALLOW_LOCATION_FOR_ADS" />


STEP 1: Register yourself as a user at http://admob.com . Login and create a site (read further at http://blog.kerul.net/2011/05/installing-google-admob-into-android.html)


If you do not have a new site, than add one.


admob in android appFig. 1


admob in android appFig. 2



Scroll down and fill-up your app information. Leave the Android package URL blank if you have not upload your app yet.


setting site in admobFig. 3


Opt for typical ad banner 350x50 – later we can change into smart_banner option. Change the refresh rate if you’d like to.


setting site in admobFig. 4


Check the Ad Network should you have the account for the ad provider.


setting site in admobFig. 5


Save it and you’ll get the next screen. Notice the mediation ID (or Publisher ID), this ID will be needed in the in the AdView widget later.


setting site in admob -publisher IDFig. 6


STEP 2: Download the AdMob SDK currently SDK 6.1.0 at https://developers.google.com/mobile-ads-sdk/download#downloadandroid


make money from your android appFig. 7


Extract the zip file downloaded and you will get a file named GoogleAdMobAdsSdk-6.1.0.jar.


make money from your android appFig. 8


You may copy the file to be pasted in the project folder later.


 


STEP 3: Add an External JAR (library) in the project.


In your Android project create another directory called libs in your project. Notice the name, it will be used later as the path to you additional XML scheme in the apps view. (more on creating a new Android project in Eclipse –> http://blog.kerul.net/2011/06/creating-new-android-project-in-eclipse.html)


Copy GoogleAdMobAdsSdk-6.1.0.jar into libs


Create the new folder libs by right-click on your project->New->Folder. Copy the GoogleAdMobAdsSdk-6.1.0.jar into the libs folder.


Adding an additional library


Click on the project you’re currently working, hit Project->Properties on the Eclipse menu. Click on the Java build path as in the Fig 9, and hit Add External JARs button.


adding admob on android appFig. 9


Locate the GoogleAdMobAdsSdk-6.1.0.jar file in the workspace/project/libs .


adding admob on android appFig. 10


And you’ll see the GoogleAdMobAdsSdk-6.1.0.jar in the libs folder, as in Fig 11.


imageFig 11


 


STEP 4: Additional details in the AndroidManifest.xml


Open your AndroidManifest.xml using the code editor, and add this lines to the <application> properties;



<activity android:name="com.google.ads.AdActivity"
android:configChanges="keyboard|keyboardHidden|orientation|screenLayout|uiMode|screenSize|smallestScreenSize"/>


You might be facing one error while adding the android:configChanges if you are setting the minTargetSDK lower than 13. Do not worry just change the target Build to API level 13.

 

Right click your project, and click Properties.

image Build target is not your minimum SDK. Setting this will utilise the API level 13 capabilities, without having to worry this app cannot run in lower version of the minTargetSDK .

 
Next, add these  <uses-permission>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE"/>


And the meta-data attributes;


<meta-data android:value="true" android:name="ADMOB_ALLOW_LOCATION_FOR_ADS" />


And the complete AndroidManifest.xml;


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
package="net.kerul.peribahasa"
android:versionCode="7"
android:versionName="1.07" >

<uses-sdk android:minSdkVersion="8" />

<application
android:icon="@drawable/icon"
android:label="@string/app_name" >
<activity
android:name=".PeribahasaActivity"
android:label="@string/app_name" >
<intent-filter>
<action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
<category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
</intent-filter>

</activity>
<activity android:name="com.google.ads.AdActivity"
android:configChanges="keyboard|keyboardHidden|orientation|screenLayout|uiMode|screenSize|smallestScreenSize"/>

</application>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE"/>
<meta-data android:value="true" android:name="ADMOB_ALLOW_LOCATION_FOR_ADS" />
</manifest>


 


STEP 5: Adding the AdView widget in the screen


For example, your app view (screen) is the res/layout/main.xml, open this in the code editor.


Add a TableRow (optional) in the existing layout as a place to contain the AdView widget.



   1: <TableRow
   2:     android:id="@+id/tableRow2"
   3:     android:layout_width="match_parent"
   4:     android:layout_height="wrap_content" >
   5:     <com.google.ads.AdView
   6:         xmlns:ads="http://schemas.android.com/apk/lib/com.google.ads"
   7:         android:id="@+id/ad"
   8:         android:layout_width="fill_parent"
   9:         android:layout_height="wrap_content"
  10:         ads:adSize="SMART_BANNER"
  11:         ads:adUnitId="738a44d913034b9f"
  12:         />    
  13: </TableRow>

***Guide:



  • Put the adMob XML schema in the AdView widget. notice the path apk/lib/com.google.ads in line 6. APK is your app, LIB is the from the folder LIBS we jest created in the STEP 3 and COM.GOOGLE.ADS refering to the one of the component in the JAR file GoogleAdMobAdsSdk-6.1.0.jar .
  • ads:adSize="SMART_BANNER" in line 10 is referring to the banner size. During my testing on the tablet, this adSize is suitable because it does expand base on screen size.
  • Change to your publisher ID (or Mediation ID) in line 11.

And the complete main.xml file would be;


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
android:layout_width="wrap_content"
android:layout_height="match_parent"
android:background="@drawable/bg1"
android:orientation="vertical" >

<TableRow
android:id="@+id/tableRow2"
android:layout_width="match_parent"
android:layout_height="wrap_content" >
<com.google.ads.AdView
xmlns:ads="http://schemas.android.com/apk/lib/com.google.ads"
android:id="@+id/ad"
android:layout_width="fill_parent"
android:layout_height="wrap_content"
ads:adSize="SMART_BANNER"
ads:adUnitId="738a44d913034b9f"
/>
</TableRow>

<TableRow
android:id="@+id/tableRow3"
android:layout_width="match_parent"
android:layout_height="wrap_content" >

<EditText
android:id="@+id/txtsearch"
android:layout_width="match_parent"
android:layout_height="wrap_content"
android:layout_weight="1"
android:inputType="textMultiLine"
android:maxLines="3"
android:minLines="1"
android:scrollbarStyle="outsideOverlay"
android:scrollbars="vertical" />

</TableRow>

<TableRow
android:id="@+id/tableRow1"
android:layout_width="match_parent"
android:layout_height="wrap_content" >







<Button
android:id="@+id/btnkamus"
android:layout_width="wrap_content"
android:layout_height="wrap_content"
android:drawableRight="@drawable/search" />




<Button
android:id="@+id/btnsearch"
android:layout_width="wrap_content"
android:layout_height="match_parent"
android:layout_weight="1"
android:text="Kesan" />


<Button
android:id="@+id/btncadang"
android:layout_width="wrap_content"
android:layout_height="match_parent"
android:layout_weight="1"
android:text="Cadang" />

</TableRow>


<WebView
android:id="@+id/webView1"
android:layout_width="match_parent"
android:layout_height="match_parent" />

</LinearLayout>


 


STEP 6: Adding the adView in the source code.



   1: public class PeribahasaActivity extends Activity implements OnClickListener{
   2:     protected EditText txtsearch;
   3:     protected Button btnocr, btnkamus, btnsearch,btncadang;
   4:     //protected Button btnpaste,btntaipinput;
   5:     protected WebView webview1;
   6:     protected String serverurl;
   7:     protected AdView adView;
   8:     /** Called when the activity is first created. */
   9:     @Override
  10:     public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
  11:         super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
  12:         setContentView(R.layout.main);
  13:         
  14:         //admob widget
  15:         adView = (AdView)findViewById(R.id.ad);
  16:         adView.loadAd(new AdRequest());

In your existing Activity class (where you wanna display the adMob), add the following lines; line 7, line 15 and 16.


Compile and run in your emulator.


admob in android app


Testing the app with AdMob – the application is available here - http://bit.ly/pbahasa


peribahasa scanner @ Google Play


Or download the APK here http://bit.ly/peribahasa-apk and follow this tutorial to install the APK into your emulator –> http://blog.kerul.net/2012/08/how-to-install-apk-files-on-android.html .


Hopefully you get the idea. All the best for the experiment…

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