Thursday, 21 October 2010

Celebrate Good Times, C'mon!

Yesterday was a gigantic landmark in my Android development journey so far – I passed the mark of 10,000 applications sold, in total! It is also roughly a year since I released my first application, Mate Rater ... when I released Mate Rater a year ago, I’d never have imagined that I’d be able to convince over 10,000 people to part with their cash to buy my applications!

I also passed the mark of 1,000,000 downloads in total in the past couple of months. I was pretty chuffed to reach this landmark as well, although seeing as many of my applications are free, I didn’t feel it was worth celebrating ... it isn’t exactly hard to convince someone to download a free app (although it may be hard to get them to rate it within the context of it being free ;) ).

Firstly, a massive, huge, gigantic thanks to all the people that have helped me over this first year (you know who you are) and have aided me in reaching these landmarks – all the testers, the “feedback-givers”, the translators, the “word-spreaders”, the reviewers, the bloggers, the Facebook fans, the Twitterers ... hey, even the idiots that gave my applications low ratings for stupid reasons – it drove me to make my applications better. Many of you have given your time and energy for free and have made massive contributions to the success of my applications – it’s great to see just how many people out there are willing to help; I think the Android platform has a great future ahead of it mainly because of the enthusiastic users and their desire to push things forward.

So what about the year ahead and beyond?

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

WiFi File Explorer In Translation

Due to the kindness of some very helpful volunteers, WiFi File Explorer is being translated to support some new languages.  It has been translated into Spanish already by the author of the blog, Actualidad Android, and there will be an update coming your way this weekend.  As I write, it is also being translated in Portuguese by a member of the rapidly growing Facebook page.  I am also awaiting a translation into French from a user that offered his services via email, so hopefully that will come to fruition soon as well.

So if anyone else out there has the ability to provide a translation for WiFi File Explorer, then please get in contact with me.  I am looking for volunteers to start with, as there isn't a whole lot of text to translate in this application, but if it is successful I will be offering those translators the opportunity to receive payment to translate my other applications, namely the SECuRET range (there's a lot more to translate in those ones).

I am not too sure how much to pay yet for the translation of the SECuRET applications, as it depends on how much the translation of WiFi File Explorer effects sales.  It won't be huge amounts of cash, but enough to make it worthwhile ... what I can say is that it will be a one off payment for the initial translation, and then smaller payments for each subsequent translation when new text is added to the applications. I am happy to negotiate with you :)

So email me at and volunteer your services to translate WiFi File Explorer ... if is is successful you may just get yourself a job ;)

Update: German translation has now been undertaken by another helpful user.

Update: Add to that Italian and Russian!

Thursday, 7 October 2010

WiFi File Explorer Is Currently HOT!

Update: Looks like it's got to number 3!

WiFi File Explorer (the FREE version) is sat at number 5 in the top 10 "Currently hot Android apps" on AppBrain ... considering the sheer number of applications available for Android at the moment (80,000+, I think), I am absolutely delighted that WiFi File Explorer has got to this position!!  I have definitely noticed an increase in sales since this has happened, so thank you to all the people that are raising awareness by downloading the FREE version ... and I hope you all consider getting the PAID version ;)

WiFi File Explorer is enjoying some good success at the moment, especially since the Android Market opened up paid applications to more countries, and I am hoping this exposure on AppBrain will lead to even further success.

Also, thanks to all the people that are joining up on the Facebook page as well; there is 64 people 'liking' it at the moment and I am sure it is helping to raise awareness of the application.  Spread the word!

And finally, "Create Directory" button coming this weekend :)

The dedicated page for WiFi File Explorer on AppBrain can be found here.