Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.
First, there were the Push Notification ads, which sent targeted advertisements to your notification tray. Now, a company called SmartAds wants to put ads in an even more obtrusive place: your lockscreen. The catch? They'll actually pay you to view them.
SmartAds, which is now but a dream of a developer on IndieGoGo, claims you'll be able to make up to $50 just by looking at ads on your smartphone and tablet. Every time you see an ad when locking or unlocking your mobile device, you'll earn a small commission.
The ads will be targeted directly to you based on a survey you fill out prior to signing up for the service.
I wonder if people will actually be interested in this, given how much criticism Push Notification Ads have garnered over the years. I also wonder if users will really be able to make "up to" $50. That said, for some folks looking to add a bit of extra income for the month, this could be a good deal.