As you may have noticed, we have launched an update a few days ago, after quite a long time without any activity. It didn’t go as smooth as we planned, but it got launched and all issues were resolved within a couple of hours.
We also know there has been some “questions” about the future of Kodular itself, as we were not really active in the community for these past months. So, we are writing this post to give light over a couple of topics, and to make clear that Kodular is not going to close.
We would like to apologize to all users because we, as staff, were not really active in the community, and did not really maintain a close communication with everyone.
As you may know, Kodular is not our primary job duty (we are students or others have a full-time work), so sometimes it is hard to get the right time to work on the project. However, considering the size of the project, we believe we have a responsibility to keep the project alive for more than 2 million daily users. Thus, these past months have not being as active as we would have liked, and we want to apologize for that.
So, to avoid that happening again, we already had both an internal meeting and another meeting with some of the top users from the community. We explained the situation, and the upcoming roadmap for the platform.
One of the key things is to give more transparency in the community, so you can know what we are working on. To achieve this, we are going to start working with JetBrains YouTrack, where you all will have access to the following platform:
You can directly check right there the issues and pending features that are being under development.
Also, as you may have already read, we are deprecating Google Admob in favor of Google Ad Manager. As of now, new apps can no longer use Google Admob components, and have to go directly through Google Ad Manager.
We are doing this as we have a close partnership with Google, and we are able to provide dedicated support regarding this integration, as well as providing better eCPM, fill rates and revenue share.
To get started and migrate, you can take a look at this detailed guide:
Also, we would like to migrate all Google Admob traffic to Google Ad Manager. To achieve this, next Kodular update will make apps using Google Admob to fail their builds. This update is going to be a huge one (you can read more about this in the section below).
With an scheduled release date on 26th June, all existing apps should have migrated to Google Ad Manager, as trying to export these apps will result on a failure.
Additionally, with this new Google Ad Manager integration, Google is now requiring intermediaries to publish their own sellers.json file. This file is used to list the “authorized” publishers regarding an ad inventory. Google has their own published here (you can try to find your publisher code): realtimebidding.google.com/sellers.json.
We, as Kodular, are now intermediaries between Google and you (the publishers), so we have to publish this file as well to complete the SupplyChain Object. You, as publishers, do not need to publish it, but you have to make a small change in your
junnovate.com, kcn-CHILD_NETWORK, DIRECT google.com, pub-7724198591595211, RESELLER, f08c47fec0942fa0
CHILD_NETWORK with your child network code (you can find it in admanager.google.com). That
kcn-22245175312 (for example) code is called the seller ID, and it is going to be published in our own sellers.json file: junnovate.com/sellers.json. If you are unsure about your network code, feel free to message us.
Additionally, you may want to confirm that your network is published in our sellers.json file. Search for your name and/or seller ID. If you cannot find it, try logging in to My Kodular, and visit the Payments page. Then, check again. If it still does not show, you can message us.
As stated above, we are working on a huge update to address most of the issues and make sure that Kodular keeps running for more years.
At a glance, this update will bring Target SDK 32, and will (finally) integrate the new Android file system, so all related bugs to that problem should be solved. It will also include new features and minor improvements as well.
But it will also finally deprecate Google Admob components, as they will no longer be available, even for existing apps. Thus, migration to Google Ad Manager shall be mandatory by that date if you want your app to target Android 12.
We are aiming to launch this update on the 26th of June 2022. We will keep the community up-to-date if this changes at any point.
Once again, thanks everyone for using Kodular and trusting us. We are sorry for not being as active as we have wanted, but be sure that this will no longer happen again.
We have plenty of new ideas to ease app development, and we would like to integrate them in our platform, and listen to all your feedback.