App wants to pay you up to $50 per month to view ads on your lock-screen [VIDEO]


Mobile advertisement is somewhat of a tricky scene these days. Your typical 30-second clip before or after a 5 minute block of gaming or the persistent banner ad at the top or bottom of an app is fine, but companies are always looking for ways to evolve.

We already saw a bit of that evolution with AirPush, an advertising system that allows developers to push ads to users’ notification pane. This is highly undesirable for the end-user, of course, and it’s because of this risky practice that most developers are hesitant to get on board with it.

Well what if I told you a company wanted to start pushing ads to your lock-screen? I know… ugh. But here’s the catch: they actually want to pay you to do that. It’s called SmartAds, and for now it only exists as a project on IndieGoGo. SmartAds will target you with relevant ads before you unlock your smartphone, and each time you view an ad you might earn a small commission.

SmartAds claims users can make up to $50 per month ($25 on your phone and another $25 on a tablet) doing this. I immediately had my doubts, of course — that “up to” is the oldest trick in the book. I would be shocked if I could make more than 25 cents going this route. Still, it’s an interesting proposal that throws a very significant wrench into the fold.

We gravitate toward unconventional development like this. It’s not because we want something like this, but because we’re simply  interested in seeing how it’ll all play out. That said, I feel really, really iffy about backing an IndieGoGo project whose sole purpose is to serve you ads.

It’ll be an interesting day if it can make it to the funding goal of $50,000 in two weeks, for sure. We imagine most backers will be ad publishers or cheeky investors simply looking for a piece of the pie, but if SmartAds can pull this thing off you can bet we’ll have the most sensitive microscope we can find looking down on it. Watch the video above, and let us know in the comments section below if you’d ever try your hand at something like this.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Oh here’s a brilliant idea! /sarcasm

  2. No way, no how, I despise ads so much $50 per ad would not entice me.

    1. You should seek professional help.

      @$50/ad. I would watch them all day, every day.

  3. I’ll put it on my tablet, phone, laptop, dog….

    1. Hah. that reminds me of stunts people have pulled in the past like naming they’re kid after a company, or getting a tattoo of a company, just to get free stuff. A dog wouldn’t be a bad idea, shave him with a Google logo to get a free phone perhaps?

    2. Hey, I have 2 phones and 6 tablets (2 with me at all times) in my possession. I’ll have one phone and one tablet run ads while I use the other.

      1. Seems to me like someone REALLY needs to get laid.

  4. Garbage like this will cause companies to pull out of mobile advertising. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out this would be counter productive for advertisers.

  5. Yeah right, buzz off

  6. Lol, I can get 100s of used smartphones for less than $20 a piece (heck virgin mobile sells $39 androids), and set all of them up at home to earn me $25 per account. Basically in 2 months my investment would be payed for and than I am retired at the age of 24.

    1. Ull need to have alot different bank accounts too lol

  7. I don’t see anything wrong with this. I have about 5 apps on my phone for mobile research/surveys and others that give you credits and money or chances to win gift cards by using them. So far I’ve gotten a $100 Amazon card, two different $5 Amazon gift cards, and a PayPal transfer for $15. It’s an easy way to make extra cash and all you have to do is look at an ad which you’re forced to do for free all day.

    1. Hmm… I can’t tell if this post is fake or not.

      1. Why would it be fake?

        1. You sound like one of those “my aunt makes this much working at home” post. That’s why. The fact that you respond makes me lean toward this being… legit. But the choice of words is what gives this its “realness”.

      2. Eh. I guess I see your point. But it’s not like I was advertising anything. ;)

  8. Holy crap an HTC One V running TouchWiz and Stock Android with On-Screen Buttons @___@ Mind-Boggling

    1. I thought I was the only one that noticed.

  9. Prostitution…Mobile (bang’em) style….

    1. Are you… retarded?

      1. No, don’t get nasty now. A prostitue allows you to use her body whether she enjoys the sex or not and gets paid. The pay you (hypothetically) to use your mobile device for their profit, prostitution is rather a strong word, bur hopefully you get my point

        1. No, seriously…. are you?

          1. Not as retarded as you, but if it puts a smile on your face and gives you a sense of victory in this discussion, then OK.

          2. Thought so ^_^

            Oh and…

            >Prostitution…Mobile (bang’em) style….

          3. Drink is the curse of the land. It makes you fight with your neighbor. It makes you shoot at your landlord and it makes you miss him.

          4. u wot m8? u cheeky kunt.

          5. Calm down. We all are entitled to our opinions, whether you like it or not. Now, off I go to do a bit of productive should do the same…hopefully you could do that!!!

          6. *Looks for the Nope picture*

          7. Are you… retarded?

  10. BRB, Making an app that pays you to have ads as a live wallpaper.

    1. How about an ads widget?

  11. I’ll stop using a smart phone if its becomes noting but a billboard for ads

  12. Doesn’t Amazon already do this on the Kindle Fire (minus the paying you part)? I found it really odd though you’ll get over the Fire’s lockscreen when you see the horrible launcher that Amazon came up with!

    1. They give you a discount (once)! (Supposedly :P)

  13. I’m in!

  14. i would even run it in my dreams if i get 50$ lolz

  15. $50 that could really get me out of a couple of jams :-)

  16. This plus no contract T-Mobile or an MVNO equals free, ad supported cell service. This would honestly be a good model for an MVNO. You consume ads, we give you cell service.

  17. Heck. I’d pay her more than 50 dollars of month for listening to what I want her to do.

    1. hahahahaaaaaaaa best comment on here

  18. i have Ads steaming constantly from my dogs Android enabled flea color running Android 4.2. It even uses Google translate to convert his barks in to real words and even dispenses baggies every time he poops. Hey, A good laugh never hurts.

  19. Hmm… If the ad is relevant to me, I would click it. No lie, I always click the Nexus 7 ad just to go look at it even though I already have one. =.3

    Oh, and I’m always clicking the Sprint ads even though I’m not adding no line or anything like that. I just feel entitled to do it. It’s like… IDK. I just have to click them. =.P

  20. I’ve already got the TooYoou widget on my phone, so why not?

  21. Yes!! That makes a lot of sense: getting paid cents to have something that will make you spend lots of money in things that you’re not in need or looking for!! Sounds great no?? Don’t forget the free pain in the butt that will come with going through and dealing with this process! Oh boy!!!

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