Unlimited Power Schedule version on Amazon Appstore

I have some new updates which I didn’t post online yet. First of all, the new 2.1+ versions got Power Schedule users back. Yes, the 2.0 version was quite a disaster, as it was quite complicated to use. Also the point system was not sufficiently explained. Here’s the chart from Google Play:

Anyhow, I’m glad things are getting back on track.
Also, the new 2.1.2 version is translated to Slovak, French and Romanian (more languages to come). By the way, if you know Japanese, Italian or Spanish and want to help me out with the translation, drop me a message.
Today I just uploaded the “point free” Power Schedule version to Amazon Appstore and SlideME alternative Android markets. Yes, it seems they are more open to developers, as they allow me to sell apps there. Power Schedule “unlimited events” edition costs just 0.99$. If you don’t like the point system, you can get the paid version. No ads, no points – just events. As many as you like 🙂

It will take a few days until the Amazon and SlideME staff review and approve the app (hopefully :)). I will post the purchasing links then.

Also, stay tuned for an income report update. This time, from AdMob, Leadbolt and Tapjoy.

New Update – Power Schedule 2.1.1

Last night I updated Power Schedule to version 2.1. I listened to people who complained about the new User Interface. Yes, now that I look at it, it was poorly designed. But somehow I missed this because I got used to it (while working on it).

Anyhow, I hope you like the new one. It’s much more clean and intuitive. I also added a “reboot” event – for Power Users who rooted their phones. You can set up a reboot each night, to have a “clean” phone in the morning (for example).

I plan to add a lot of other features as well – some suggested by users.
Many thanks go to these people (in no particular order):
Andy F
Carlos Blasco
Francisco Bautista
Levon Janpoladyan
Ferenc Harcos
Sujit Dey
Masoud Beheshti
Peter Jancar
Timothy Arceri
David Abdelli
Kevin (Darkbyte)

They helped me fix some issues and contributed with some ideas (or translations). I will also add their names (with their permission) in the About page (inside the App).

Looking forward to the next version

Ok, Power Schedule 2.0 is here!

Last night I finally finished Power Schedule 2. I rewrote most of the old stuff, so the new event types are no longer compatible with the old schedule – sorry for that, but I couldn’t manage to import them 🙁
Anyhow, it’s now REALLY configurable – as most of you have requested. By adding this flexibility, the complexity increased a bit – so some may find the learning curve too steep. Just drop me a message if you have problems using it – I’ll be glad to help.

Also, this time I chose to monetize it – not by making it a paid application (since it’s anyway impossible for Romanian developers – at least on Google Play) – but by using “incentive advertising”. To be more precise: you have 5 events available at startup. Most will find this enough. However, for those of you that need more, they can just complete on of the FREE offers displayed by the Ad provider.
Generally, this just involves installing some free app, game or something similar. Once you do, they will automatically grant you the points. You can choose to uninstall the app later if you don’t like it. The ratio is this: 1 extra event = 10 Power points.
So completing a 50 point offer will get you 5 new events.
Simple. Oh, and your earned points will still be available after re-installation.

I know some people have problems with ads, but unfortunately I have no other way of monetizing my app. I hope you understand.

Ad report – last 25 days.

As I said before, I will publish the revenue generated by ads. In total, Power Schedule and App List generated a total of… 6.16$. 🙂
This is not much, as the ads are non-obtrusive and are displayed only if the user requests it (by choosing the “Special Offers” menu item).
Here’s the screenshot from my LeadBolt account (referral link):

15 March - 10 April LeadBolt Ads income

During the last week, I’ve been walking continuously n my Sisyphus path (also known as Power Schedule 2). I managed to rethink most of the User Interface. Hopefully it’s much more friendly and intuitive – also a LOT more flexible 🙂
Yes, most of the requested features are present (and working) already. I’ll leave the rest for the future versions (better to have a stable running version before adding new stuff). This will also support localization properly, so you’ll have Power Schedule in your own language (I’ll post the files soon for translation).
I *may* be able to release it this week (we have Easter holiday on Sunday, maybe things are more relaxed at work).

Meanwhile I also made a small fix for the 1.x version of Power Schedule – mainly, to support Data Connection control on Gingerbread (2.3+) devices. Grab the 1.6 version from the market now if you haven’t already.

So, next post will hopefully be the release news 🙂

App List

So I just released a new app – it’s called simple: App List.

You can check it out now here (Browser link):
App List on Google Play

or here (Android link):
App List on Play Store for Android

You can use it to quickly share some apps you like with your friends (via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Gmail or whatever sharing app you have installed on your Android device). Also, you can filter/search your installed apps list, view details about each one, open them or open the corresponding Google Play Store page (if any).

I implemented this one to familiarize myself with other Android topics. I’ll post a tutorial about what I’ve found out soon.

No more startup ads

I saw some users are not happy about having ads in apps. Ok, so I removed the startup splash screen and added a more unobtrusive “Special Offers” entry in the menu. These frequently change and generally you have an offer to download a free app from the Google Play Store. If you do, I will earn some cents. That’s all.

Learning from mistakes

Well, it’s easy to get over-enthusiastic and get burned 🙂
It happened to me last night because I didn’t test Power Schedule 1.5 on more devices. So first it crashed because I removed a needed library, then because LeadBolt (ads provide) apparently has some problems on Android 2.1 (even though they say they support it – heads up for other developers as well).

So now I just published version 1.5.4. Hopefully the crash reports are gone for now.

Next time I’ll take my time and test it on all supported platforms.

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