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Report: Google Creating “Mobile Meter” App to Reward You For Letting Them Track Usage

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According to a report out of Engadget, Google is preparing a new “Mobile Meter” service or app that they want to you use in exchange for compensation or rewards. The app’s purpose is to closely monitor your mobile behavior, which of course you would have to opt-in to. Once you opt-in, the service would send your anonymized app usage and browsing habits back to Google, so that they could fine-tune app experiences, make decisions on new products to introduce, or figure out additional ways to continue to make money – that type of thing. 

Companies like Nielsen apparently already do similar opt-in services that reward users, but when it’s Google that’s entering the arena, we tend to pay close attention. Unfortunately, we don’t know what kind of compensation or rewards that Google would hand out to users, but things like Google Play credits would make a lot of sense.

Google would not comment on the rumor.

Would you be interested in an opt-in data tracker that could earn you rewards?

Via:  Engadget

  • geocab

    Finally going to see some porn apps when they see what we are all doing with our phones!

  • Dorian Brooks

    If the track me I can see my app drawer now: Play Movies, Play Music, Play Porn, Play Store….

  • http://www.danheinz.com Dan Heinz

    If this helps them finally realize that chrome mobile takes 15 seconds to open and open a page, I’ll sign up

  • Trevor

    Why not, as long as they don’t use the data against me somehow (show all the naked selfies I take to the world) and it doesn’t hurt the battery on my phone, then I’m all in.

  • Abgar Musayelyan

    credits towards my next nexus purchase? i’ll take it!

  • PcRemote Support

    I am all for it.. lol lol.. not like I do anything that I am worried about someone seeing..
    THOUGH.. I Nexus 7 would eeing..
    THOUGH.. I Nexus 7 would be nice!! lol lol

  • Matt

    Don’t they do this already, without the rewards?

    I’ve resigned myself to the fact that all my data belong to Google…

    • Brian O.

      That’s my perspective. At least now they’re offering to pay/reward you for it.

  • http://unizmos.com/ Fredrik Spangler

    This just in: The NSA is now offering tax credits to Americans who agree to have their online activities monitored. Those who don’t opt-in will be placed on a special list for extra monitoring.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Too bad they stopped following Cartman, a useless fat kid.

  • ffdtggcse

    Now my mom will get an ad in her gmail that “since her son watched 2 hours of porn” she gets 20% her order of a flesh light.

    • Pedro

      Yikes! My mom gets one for free!

  • kashtrey

    I feel like this will be similar to what Bing does with their toolbar. They give you points or whatever for searches and what not that you preform and then you can redeem them for Xbox related stuff.

  • interstellarmind

    I would totally opt-in for Play Store credit.

  • Double Oh

    Will the NSA reimburse google?

  • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

    I’m not sure if this will do what Google is hoping it will do.

    There are two types of people when it comes to Google products:
    1.) Those who trust Google
    2.) Those who do not trust Google

    By offering a reward of some sort for those that allow Google to access personal information, Google is probably trying to sway the latter group to trust Google. However, here is how I think the response will go:

    1.) OMG, Google loves me! Free rewards!
    2.) Google is trying to bribe me into giving them my information. Where’s my apple?

    In any case, I’m in the first group, so hooray for free rewards!!! :D

  • https://plus.google.com/b/104983600193644243822/104983600193644243822/posts Enrique Labrada

    I’ll be glad if it is at least a Play card, or, a Nexus 5 >:3

  • https://plus.google.com/b/104983600193644243822/104983600193644243822/posts Enrique Labrada

    Tell the users you’ll get rewards, watch them bow down to your knees >:D

  • satsmine2k4

    GOOGLE : Give me a Nexus 5 and you can track me for 2 years…

    • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

      Give me a Nexus 5 on Verizon and you can track me for 20 years.

      • ManBearPig618

        Ha!

      • PolarBear

        Please don’t give Google any idea

      • NeilGeorge

        Give me a free Nexus 5 and track me for life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Jason Brown

          give me a free vzw nexus annually

    • Trueblue711

      This would be an excellent idea. I wouldn’t mind using a phone that tracked me a little more than usual if it was free. As long as the tracking is reasonable.

  • joejoe5709

    Hmmmm… If you could opt in and opt out on a whim, I might be game for this whenever I have a tough month or want to save up for a new Nexus.

    • Justin W

      I’m guessing the rewards won’t be as beneficial as you might think. Maybe similar to Locket’s rewards, which end up being around $10 every 1.5-2 months.

      • Ryuuie

        $10 every 1 and half months is $80 a year, $10 every 2 months is $60 a year…how is $80 not beneficial? Yes, you’d have to save for a whole year to get that $80 but it can be done.

        That’s a bill payment if you’re on prepaid with your Nexus (which you should be…).

        If you apply that $80 to say a $400 phone, that’s only $320 out of pocket that you have to pay.

        • Pedro

          And, if you are already on the pre-paid train, you’ve already got the other $320 every year.

        • Justin W

          I’m just saying it’s not likely to be a very large amount of money unless you build it up over time.

  • flosserelli

    Ummm…how about “no”.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Sht they already track everything we do. If they want to compensate me for further digging sign me up.

  • Angelo Davis

    As long as they give me something more than a coupon then I’ll be happy.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      1. Coupon for Google Play Moves
      1b. Buy Movie

      1c. Smash device into ground because that batsht movie streaming app never works on devices (though it does work on chromecast…werid)

      • richie97

        Always works for me. Every time.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Barely streamed on the S4 I would get errors at times but it played. On the HTC one it’s never played always gives me an error….unless I chosse to play through chromecast then no issues. Strange sht

          • richie97

            Odd. Works on my Nexus 4, Nexus 7, a Logitech Revue, and my gf’s S4 Active.

      • Angelo Davis

        Well I have a Chromecast so…

      • Justin W

        I never have a problem with Play Movies&TV… Nexus 7, Nexus 4, HTC One, and my Note 3 are (were in the case of my Nexus 4 and HTC One) able to stream it seamlessly.

      • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

        I’ve had issues as well. I have a pretty dmn good connection and I doesn’t seem to want to buffer. My movies pause a ton. Gets really annoying. I can stream Netflix and hulu perfectly though.

      • Ryuuie

        …Well, it could be a coupon for Twilight.

        I still never watch that Transformers movie they gave me…

      • StuckOnVerizonForever

        Who uses that? I have A. Netflix (US and UK) B. Amazon Prime, and C. Torrents. No need for that useless junk.

  • Joe Zollinger

    I’m always down with giving Google my info in exchange for better products. If you throw rewards on top of that, then it’s just bonus.

  • Guy Pierce

    In other news, Congress passes bill… Obama Rewards!

  • Ben

    “….app that they want you* to* use…”

  • Jerrod Schultz

    I’m sure Google is well aware of when I go to the bathroom… what’s one more tracker? Especially if I’m rewarded!

    • Shawn Spring

      I originally read this as “being rewarded for going to the bathroom” which I always encourage!

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Not only do they know, but they are worried about how often you go #2. Unlike Verizon, they care!

  • JRUIV

    I can’t get past the first sentence of this article :-)

    • Justin W

      That doesn’t bother me as much as the use of “that”. There’s no need for “that” anywhere.

      • JRUIV

        Wow, did you see that? :)

        • Justin W

          “See what?” :P

  • Peter Mansour

    They already track everything we do, why not get paid for it!

    • alex drum

      what are you talking about… PRISIM doesn’t exist… and no one is a part of it… how silly of you!

  • http://www.jmillionnyc.com/ Jason Million

    remind me of this app i seen where they give u money for adding ads to your phone or something.

    They wouldnt comment on the rumor because of course its true. Lol. They probably just want to make a big deal about it when it releases…

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Count me in, i do this already with all Google products.