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Showing advertisements on smartphones is not a new concept. Sometime back Amazon tried selling phones at subsidized rates if users were OK with lock-screen ads. While this was a win-win situation where users would get the same device at a cheaper price and the advertisers would get a better reach. Though it got mixed reactions and thanks to Google’s ban on lock-screen ads, the project was dumped.

For some OEM’s advertisements are a major source of revenue. Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, that prefers calling itself an Internet company, has openly accepted that since it sells devices on a razor-thin margin, advertisements on phones become a major part of its revenue. Realme has also integrated advertisements in its UI despite mocking Xiaomi several times for doing so.