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MightyText launches in earnest, enables browserbased texting through your Android phone number

Nah, it’s not exactly iMessage (or BBM) for Android — in some ways, it’s better, but it lags behind in others. MightyText has launched in earnest today, graduating from its Chrome-only beta state and opening up a world of new messaging possibilities for those with Android handsets. In order to gain access, users need only install the free app linked below on an Android 2.2+ smartphone, and then install a plug-in at the company’s website into your browser of choice. Once synced, you’ll be able to view, send and reply to messages through your Android phone number, with no additional charges added at any point. The only niggle is that this is still SMS; unlike iMessage, which utilizes data, you won’t be able to use this as a loophole to send messages whilst using Gogo on a plane, or using a WiFi hotspot in an international destination. The SMS still gets routed through your phone, so you’ll still need a texting plan (or a pay-per-text plan) and a solid cellular signal to make the magic happen. For those still interested, the links below are beckoning.

source MightyText

Just taken as is from BGR.com – Linky to original post

It’s a very interesting article

More than half of mobile apps don't earn enough to break even

With Instagram recently having been acquired by Facebook for $1 billion and OMGPOP, makers of Draw Something, cashing in for $200 million, developers are attacking the mobile app space with a renewed vigor. Before jumping head first into a new project aiming to be the next big acquisition target, developers might be wise to look over a white paper recently put together by App Promo.

App Promo conducted a study last month in an effort to investigate how well mobile developers are performing in this crowded space. In its survey, the company found that a staggering 59% of mobile apps do not generate enough money to break even. Only 12% of developers earn $50,000 or more from their apps, and these developers were found to have big marketing budgets of $30,000 or more. They also spend about 14% of their time focusing on marketing on average.

“With over a million applications in the market across platforms, app publishers are finding it increasingly challenging to cut through the noise and get their apps discovered and downloaded,” the firm wrote in its white paper. “Those developers that spend money and time on marketing outside of the app stores found the most success based on the revenue they had earned for their app. This core finding echoes what we believe as a leading app marketing and strategy firm, that in order to make an app a successful business you need to ensure that you have a budget and time allocated to marketing and promoting your app.”

The firm concludes that application discovery is a huge barrier in the crowded mobile software space, and a solid marketing strategy is of the utmost importance as a result. App Promo’s research is based on data collected from a survey of “over 100 qualified app developers,” and an infographic outlining key data points from App Promo’s study follows below.

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So I got my new HTC One X from AT&T and the I could not set google voice as my voice mail.

Issue :

When Google Voice is selected at the voicemail you get an error “Call settings error: Failed to retrieve and save current forwarding number settings.”
And even if you select “Yes” on the save settings it reverts back to carrier voicemail.

Solution:

Open Google Voice in your browser (computer)
Select Settings
Select Activate Phone (or Deactivate Phone first and then Activate)
You will be prompted with a # to key in on your phone *004*yourgooglevoicePhoneNumber#
Hit Call or Dial and it’s up and running

Tested and Validated by ME

 

So as I explained before one of the reasons I picked Android Development is the main cost.
Some of you Kewl people have Mac’s (MacBook’s, Mini’s, Air’s or whatnot) but unfortunately I can’t see myself spending so much money for a machine that looks good and spec’ed nicely (and can run windows) when I have PC’s all around.
So a decent working laptop with Windows for the OS should run you about $400 and up while a decent MacBook (even if on sale from micro-center) will run you $899 at minimum…
A nice desktop will run you the same amount with a monitor but will be better equipped while a MacMini or iMac will run you an arm an leg.
** Note to self, why did I sell my MacBook Pro? oh right I got an Asus G50Vt-x6 laptop, HTPC, WDTV Live and an xbox 360 **
Never mind the computer let’s not go that route as most of you have a PC or Mac that can run windows…

Next cost of the Market or iTunes store
Google charges a one time fee of $25 to sign up as an Android developer and upload applications to the Android Market.
On the other hand, Apple charges $99 (Per Year!) to sign up as an iPhone developer and allows you to upload applications to the App Store after a review process. Also, both of them take a 30% cut on all application sales.

Let’s not talk about how much the Market and iTunes Store generate as it’s not part of the scope 🙂

Growth options, I do see much more groth options with Android as iOS (in my eyes) is at a stand still, changes are minor and iOS is simple and “Vanilla” (Plain, come on do something with the square buttons….)
So as you can see cost differences between Android and Apple are not that Major if you need to buy a machine but if you have PC’s around the house we are looking at a main investment of at least $1200….. (and that’s not a small amount for most people)

Let’s get back on track, so what have I spent until now?
Two books (i’ll speak about them in a different post tomorrow) $12 and $9.5 on eBay (didn’t save much and should have gotten a format that would fit my iPad or Sony Reader but what the hell), $25 to google and the “optional” Domain and Hosting (hosting I have regardless so I won’t count that in).
So Books = $21.5 Google = $25 and domain was only $1.07 from GoDaddy (for the first year)
Right now I have some change from a $50.

Next three posts will be (Guide for Android Development environment, Books I purchased and other Revenue options like AdSense and Amazon Affiliate program)

Posted from my Dell D630 (POS) and iPad