Tag Archive: Android

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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

So I started writing this for both Android SDK and Eclipse, but it got kinda long so i’ll break them up.
Let’s start with the SDK.

Well we need to start somewhere here and I hope you bare with me for a couple of days before we get down to the nitty gritty of Android Development (as I wrote before this is a process for me as well and I’m learning as we go).

So what do we need to get this environment up on our system?
* A computer (Mac, PC or some Linux based OS) Guide is based on a PC with Windows XP and up
* Internet Connection
* And some time to follow my instructions

Phase 1 – Android SDK
So how could there be so many (over 1000) applications before an Android device was released?
As part of Google’s Android Software Development Kit (Android SDK) you have the Android Emulator now we are going to download the SDK and run our first Emulator

Well before you can install the SDK you will need a Java Environment
Step 1 – Download and install Java Runtime Environment
So you will need to install Java Runtime Environment (JRE) to allow Java Code to run on your OS (PC, Apple or Linux) as well you will need the Java Development Kit (JDK) please note that the JDK contains the JRE so you don’t need to install both.

Open Java’s Web Site – Linky and download the JDK based on your platform, and install it on your system (This should be straight forward if you are here)
JavaWebSite

Step 2 – Download the SDK
Go to Android Developers website – Linky and download the latest SDK for your environment (Windows, Apple or Linux).
AndoridSDK
Click on Read More to continue on….
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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

Android Dev

So i’m going to share the next two three months of my journey….
Currently I work as a Project Manager for a software company and from time to time I do some development for my customers (Automation Scripts, Visual Basic and C#) but I really like it for fun…
Now what would be more fun than making a few $$$ (or as some would say “Coin” here in our southern area)

So? what am I talking about and what am I going to share and show? and why did I pick android and not iOS or WP7 or BlackBerry (note I didn’t note WebOS well maybe I did… you got me now.)
I’m going to start with Why Android:
1. Y’all have a computer so the cost to start developing is cheap (don’t have to buy a mac or anything of sort)
2. Android based phones are cheap if you want a REAL phone to play around with and I already have three (Samsung Captivate, HTC Aria and a Dell Streak on the way)
3. Android Market only costs $25
4. I like Android (although I was an iPhone user and still have an iPad…. simply get more done with an android phone)

So as i’ve covered the why android let’s move on to what i’m going to share:
1. I’m going to share most of my ideas but will start with two small App/Util (you will know soon)
2. I will share all the revenue coming from the applications and the website (AdSense etc), not trying rub it in if I do end up making some coin just trying to give you and idea of your ROI (as you time is money)
3. How I started and tips and tricks along the way (and BTW i’m really starting now I’ve never done any Java…)
4. Guides for anything I do and some source code that will turn into open source…..

And now the why am I doing this?
1. I don’t know
2. Sounds like fun
3. Hope to get some comments out of people to hear what they think of my journey (not that nasty Dodge… I drive a Merc and not that merc 😉 )
4. Still thinking about it

How’s this going to work?
I opened a new Site www.inrim.net and I will have everything Android over there (so we have a clean start…..)
Every week I will post a few posts (now I sound like…. just repeating my self) about guides where to start costs etc.

It’s going to be fun so join me there

So going to be posted in Hebrew at PDAPoint.net and my personal blog will have less information but it all started here – Linkey