Network Listing Coming Soon to FiOS WEP Calculator Lite

Network Listing Coming Soon to FiOS WEP Calculator Lite

In order to give FiOS WEP Calculator Lite users a taste of the Pro version, and boost sales, I decided to allow users to preview the network selection feature, but not actually “select” the network unless it is remembered on the device. What this means is that they will get a listing of remembered and nearby access point listings,Β  but they will only be able to select and calculate WEP keys for ‘remembered’ access points automatically. They will still be able to view a listing of nearby access points, but they will not be able to select them. Having this feature will still improve the overall experience, while still giving users a reason to purchase FiOS WEP Calculator Pro.

UPDATE: I finished adding the new features to the lite version, and an update is available in the Android market. The new version of FiOS WEP Calculator brings the ability to view nearby and remembered FiOS networks, previously only available to pro users. In order to select nearby networks (not remembered ones) automatically, you need to upgrade to the pro version, but you can now view a list of nearby networks without paying for FiOS WEP Calculator Pro.

Wireless Network Selection Added!

Wireless Network Selection Added!

I finished adding wireless network selection to the Pro version of FiOS WEP Calculator. This enhancement adds tons of value for those who already purchased FiOS WEP Calculator PRO, and adds an incentive for others to do so. Overall, I’m really excited to announce this new feature, and I look forward to receiving feedback about it. Enjoy! πŸ˜‰

UPDATE: Version 2.1 fixes a minor annoying bug where the list of networks is reset when the keyboard is opened/closed or the screen is rotated.

UPDATE 2: Version 2.3Β  fixes a significant bug that resulted in a force close when selecting certain items in the network list.

Network Selection Coming Soon to FiOS WEP Calculator PRO

Network Selection Coming Soon to FiOS WEP Calculator PRO

The most requested feature in FiOS WEP Calculator, network selection, is coming soon to the pro version. With this new feature, you can simply click the “select wireless network” button, then click on any FiOS network that is either remembered on the device, or within range. This will make instantly calculating default Verizon FiOS WEP keys even easier and quicker, and will tremendously improve the user experience. I’m currently working on fixing all of the bugs, but you can expect this to be available on the market very soon.

Addressing FiOS WEP Calculator PRO (Free Version) Complaints

Addressing FiOS WEP Calculator PRO (Free Version) Complaints

As you may or may not know, for a limited time, I used to offer the full version of FiOSWEP Calculator PRO without any advertisements free. This version has received 96 downloads so far, but it is no longer published in the Android market. The reason for this is because I am not making any money on my applications right now. In fact, I’m actually losing money. Also, there is a free version of FiOS WEP Calculator, titled “Lite” that offers all the functionality found in the paid “PRO” version, except there is an advertisement at the top of the screen. The truth is, however, advertisements haven’t been making me very much money at all (not even $2 yet), so most of the money I receive is directly from the FiOS WEP Calculator PRO sales. Although I would love to offer my applications for free, I need to make some money, otherwise the amount of effort I put into making my applications doesn’t pay off. As a student, all my coding is done in my free time. If I don’t sell copies of my applications, I don’t get paid for my work. However, I honestly would prefer to offer my applications for free, as open source software, and without any copy protection, but realistically, with the current low amount of sales I get, and the very minimal amount of advertisingrevenue I receive, even with hundreds of legitimate advertisement clicks in my application (I don’t click on my own advertisements, or encourage others to do so) that’s not realistically possible. Part of the problem might be the fact that AdMob isn’t displaying very interesting or relevant advertisements in my application, but that’s another story. By offering the “PRO” version of my application for only $0.99, the least I’m allowed to sell my application for on the Android market, I believe that I’m making it perfectly reasonable and affordable for a user to upgrade from the advertisement-supported “Lite” version of my application to a version without annoying advertisements. I know that most users of my application don’t mind the advertisements, but it would be really great if I could get some more sales for my application. As it is right now, I’m actually _losing_ money, as I haven’t even sold enough copies to offset the developer registration cost for the Android market, and I definitely haven’t sold enough copies to purchase an Android phone. As an independent developer, it’s much more difficult to sell an application, than if I was an established or well-known company. So, by now you are probably wondering what brought this topic up. Well, in order to promote sales of the full version of my application, I thought it was perfectly reasonable to modify the “PRO” version of my application that was available for free for a limited time only. Now, I’m going to assume that I know what you’re thinking, and say that what I did is nothing nearly as bad and irritating as what Shazam did with the free version of their Android application, when they limited the usage of their application to 5 song taggings per month. I simply put a notification in the PRO version of the application stating that I am no longer maintaining the free version of the app, and I nicely asked users to consider purchasing the “PRO” version of the application, in order to support development. In fact, I’ll even include a screenshot of the message shown to users upon opening the application, as well as a word-for-word copy of what the message says, so you can judge for yourself whether or not you think what I did was reasonable. Here is a full, word-for-word copy of the message:

Dear User,
You are using the free version of FiOS WEP Calc PRO. This version is no longer supported, and will not be updated. This app will continue to function, but please consider buying this app for only $0.99. The money will help support the development of my future apps, and this message will not appear in the full version. Thanks for your support! πŸ™‚

This message is shown once every time the application is opened. Below the message, there are two buttons. On the left, there is a button labeled “Buy Now”, which takes you to the page in the Android market for “FiOS WEP Calculator PRO”, where you can choose to purchase it. On the right, there is a button labeled “Later”, which closes the message, and allows you to use the application, without advertisements, and exactly like the full, paid “PRO” version. There is no limit to how many times you can choose “Later”, and the application will never stop working. It takes less than a second to click “Later”, and you are not, in any way, forced to choose to buy the full version. I believe that this is perfectly reasonable, as I make no money at all from the users of the “free PRO” version, not even advertising revenue. If the users are annoyed by the message, there is nothing preventing them from removing the application, and installing the Lite version, which also does the same thing for free. The reason I am writing all of this is because I have been reading the comments on my application, and I noticed one in particular from a user named “peskykid“, written on August 3rd, 2010. The commenter rated my application one star (out of 5), and wrote this (I think their message got cut-off or something, but I was able to understand what they are saying):

After this upgrade I wouldn’t support the developer out of spite.. What a Shi**y way of doing business.. Every time the app opens you have to close a.

What I think they meant to say was “every time the app opens, you have to close an advertisement.” I believe that this commenter is ungrateful that I let them download my application for free, and inconsiderate about the fact that I’m trying to make a small amount of money selling the application. Closing the advertisement isn’t that annoying, and it only takes less than a second. If you can’t handle closing the advertisement, then you have several choices:

  • Download the “Lite” version, which does the exact same same thing, except with an advertisement at the top of the screen
  • Purchase the “PRO” version for only $0.99, which will support future app development, and won’t have the pop-up message every time the application starts
  • Uninstall the application completely, and get on with your life, without any of the functionality provided by my application

Nobody is forcing you to purchase the application, and I’m letting you continue to use the application as long as you would like for free. Sorry for writing so much, but I felt the need to explain why I added that message, and rant about the feedback I have received since I implemented it. If you have any comments, whether or not you agree with me, about encouraging those who got the “PRO” version for free to purchase the application to support future development, let me know by commenting on this article. I’d love to know what you think.

Ubinuri, Inc. and ARM Digital Right Management

Ubinuri, Inc. and ARM Digital Right Management

If you didn’t know already, I’m a huge advocate of the Free Software Foundation and their campaigns, including PlayOgg, Windows 7 Sins, End Software Patents, DefectiveByDesign.org, etc., so, naturally, I dislike DRM in any form, and I use, develop, and promote free and open source software. However, I just received an offer from a South Korean company called “Ubinuri, Inc.”, offering to pay me $300 to “implement ARM (Application Digital Right Management) plugin to your application” and allow them to sell my application, “FiOS WEP Calculator PRO” to the Korean market. In addition to that they say they’ll pay me between 50-70% of the revenue they make from selling my application. Although I don’t like the idea of having DRM in my application, all of my applications in the Android market are still 100% DRM-free, and they will stay that way. I don’t believe in putting crippling software in my applications. I have contacted Ubinuri requesting more information, and I am considering going through with the deal, as $300 is a lot of money, and it’s hard to pass up an offer like this. Here are some of the questions I asked them (ad verbatim):

  • How will I receive the payment for implementing the ARM and allowing you to sell it?
  • How often will I receive payments for the revenue you earn by selling my application?
  • What does implementing ARM involve, and how can I do that?
  • Will I still be able to sell my application in the Android marketplace, in addition to your store?
  • Will I receive the $300 payment prior to sending you my application, or do I just have to trust you that I will receive my payment?
  • Does Ubinuri, Inc. have a United States presence/division?
  • I would like a legally binding licensing agreement in order to make sure that I don’t get scammed.
  • Can I send you the application as it is, or do you require Korean language translation to be done at my expense?
  • Will translations be provided?
  • Would you mind providing me the names of some of your app store operators?

I will let you guys know whether or not I decide to go through with the deal, and I will also update this post or make a new one when they reply to my e-mail. I’m somewhat skeptical about their offer, and several people tend to agree with me, but it is a really great offer, and if it is legitimate, I would be glad to take advantage of it. I have heard several other developers saying that they got the letter as well, but I have not been able to find a single developer claiming that they took advantage of the offer, and I have no plans of getting ripped off. Hopefully I will manage to negotiate an acceptable deal and actually receive a payment for my application. After all, I haven’t made very much money from my application, and if I do receive $300, that will fund a large portion of my application development.

UPDATE: Here is a copy of the original e-mail message sent to me (the subject was “Request for β€œFiOS WEP Calculator PROβ€œ Distribution in Korea“):

Hi,

I work at Ubinuri, inc. which distributes android applications through local app stores in Korea.

I would like to propose you to sell “FiOS WEP Calculator PRO” in Korea.

In order to sell your application at the local app stores in Korea, you are requested to implement ARM (Application Digital Right Management) plugin to your application, which would cause you additional efforts. In this regard, Ubinuri is willing to compensate you in advance for your additional efforts to implement the ARM.

I would appreciate it if you could review following proposal and let me know your thought.

1) Implementation of ARM (Application Digital Right Management) – In order to sell apps through Korean app stores, developers are requested to implement ARM, to prevent illegal copy, specified by the operator of each app store.
– You may hesitate to implement ARM as it would take you a couple of hours to implement ARM on your application.
– So, Ubinuri would pay 300 USD per each application for implementing ARM of the biggest local app store in Korea.
–Β  We hope our compensation would encourage you to implement ARM so that Korean users could purchase your applications at Korean App Store.

2) Payment

In addition to the above initial payment, Ubinuri shall pay 50% of the Net revenue for the sales of the above applications at the above Korean app store.
(The operator of the Korean app stores will take 30% of the net revenue on your paid applications. Ubinuri will take 20% of the sales revenue in return for our investment for the above compensation and various activities for localization, marketing, report, customer care, settlement/remittance, and others.

*In case of sales at Ubinuri’s own App Store, which will be launched in early 2011, Ubinuri will send you 70% of the net revenue.

If you are interested in the above proposal, I will send the detailed information on ARM.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Best regards,

Scott Jeon
Ubinuri, Inc.
(http://www.fingertool.com)
Byuksan Digital Valley 3, Suite 1104
212-13, Kuro-Dong, Kuro-Gu, Seoul, Korea
Office) +82-2-516-7651
android@fingertool.com

I haven’t been able to find out much information about “Ubinuri, Inc.”, but I did find references to several other messages sent to other application developers, such as this one from “Paul Noh” to Kostya Vasilyev, the developer of “Bluetooth widget“, and this other comment that’s also from “Paul Noh” to Zenyee, the developer of “Zenyee Rotate Screen“.

UPDATE 2: I found a brief blog post by Septillionsoft, that says their application “Fuel” now supports the Korean language, and that the translation was done by “Ubinuri, Inc.”.Β  Although, it’s still incredibly difficult to find any information about Ubinuri. In fact, it’s so bad, that this post is already on the second page of the Google search results for “Ubinuri, Inc.”, within hours of me initially posting this.

UPDATE 3: I managed to locate yet another developer, Tom Keeber, who received a letter from Ubinuri (this letter was also from Scott Jeon, the same person who wrote to me), asking them to allow them to distribute their application “Hydromaster”. Also, on Tom’s blog, a developer who simply goes by “James” in his comment, but has a website called “AISOPS” wrote:

I received the same email. I have had several conversations with Scott via email. I sent him my strings.xml to convert to Korean and received it back. I have implemented the ARM code and am ready to send him the apk but am a bit skeptical as well. I am going to ask for some references before I send the file.

And, as another commenter, “Warren” pointed out:

I’ve also been contacted by Scott about my Android. They offer the $300 provided I install the ARM and agree with their terms.

I’m unclear on whether this is valid or not. But I’m thinking that I could generate a special version of the code just for them. And if I get something out of this, then good.

But, under no circumstances, will I provide bank account information. I feel much more comfortable with the Android marketplace business model.

I will continue to look into Ubinuri, and post my findings here, to make it easier for others who get similar e-mail messages find out more information about “Ubinuri, Inc.”, and determine whether or not the offer is a scam. The fact that other developers have had direct communications with the company is reassuring, but I’m still somewhat uncomfortable about the lack of information about the company.

FiOS WEP Calculator PRO is Back for Only $0.99!

FiOS WEP Calculator PRO is Back for Only $0.99!

If you’ve been wondering where the ad-free version of FiOS WEP Calculator went, well wonder no more! I removed the old Pro version because I originally published it for free, and I wasn’t making any money. I only made $0.57 so far with AdMob, and that’s almost nothing at all. I don’t really like charging very much for my applications, so the Pro version of FiOS WEP Calculator is now available for only $0.99! If you use/like this application, please consider purchasing the “PRO” version. The PRO version has all the same features as the Lite version, except it doesn’t have any advertisement, it uses absolutely no copy protection what-so-ever I don’t believe in locking down my products with worthless DRM — if you buy it, feel free to use it on as many phones as you want. I don’t mind that much if you pirate this application, but really, please consider purchasing it. It only costs $0.99, which is the minimum amount you can sell an application for on the app store, and of those $0.99, I only make $0.66 ($0.30 processing fee + 2.9% of sale price). Your purchase supports the development of this application, and all of the other Android projects I’m working on. I code applications as a hobby, and not just for profit. If you don’t pay for the application, please at least rate it and leave a positive review if you like it! Thanks for your support! πŸ™‚

UPDATE: If you area looking for the free, but advertisement supported version, it’s called FiOS WEP Calculator Lite. Please consider purchasing the ‘Pro’ version to support future development. Thanks! πŸ™‚

FiOS WEP Calculator Lite Edition is Up and Running!

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FiOS WEP Calculator Lite Edition is Up and Running!

I finally got an AdMob account set-up so I can receive advertising revenue from people clicking ads in my application. The application is called “FiOS WEP Calc Lite” in the Android Market. I had a “PRO” version up for a few hours that I was planning on keeping free for a limited time (letting anyone who downloaded it while it was free keep it forever), but unfortunately you can’t change it to make it paid later (for those who download it after I change the price), so I pulled that until I get my account set-up to accept payments. The minimum possible price for an application in the Android Market is $0.99, so that’s the price it will cost. I’m not doing this just for the money, so if you download the “Lite” version, please rate the application, and write a review. I know that one developer, Kismet Iheke, is selling a similar application on the market for $1.99, and they have between 500 and 1000 downloads so far, so yes, I do realize that I’m losing money, since I only get paid anything at all if people click my advertisements, and even so, PayPal takes $0.30 plus like 2.9% out of my revenue, but hey, it’s better than nothing. And besides, I don’t really want to charge for my application. I want to make it free to as many people as possible. Anyways, here’s a few screenshots:

Enjoy! πŸ™‚

P.S. If you notice that you are unable to enter special characters in the text field, that’s a feature, not a bug. In addition to that, all lowercase letters are automatically converted to their uppercase equivalents, since all FiOS network names are all caps, using only alphanumeric characters, and the text box has a maximum limit of 5 characters. It is not possible to calculate a WEP key for an access point that changed its ESSID from the default. Also, both the lite version and the pro version of this software have absolutely no copy protection what-so-ever. People who pirate my application will find a way around the copy protection, and I doubt very many people would pirate something when an advertisement supported version is available for free.

P.P.S. If you long press on one of the bottom boxes, you can copy the text to the clipboard… ’nuff said. πŸ˜‰

UPDATE: The ‘Pro’ version without any advertisements in now available. Please consider purchasing it to support future development. Thanks! πŸ™‚

<img src=”https://dylantaylor.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/lite_qrcode1.png” alt=”market://details?id=com.dylantaylor.fwc_lite”I finally got an AdMob account set-up so I can receive advertising revenue from people clicking ads in my application. The application is called “FiOS WEP Calc Lite” in the Android Market. I had a “PRO” version up for a few hours that I was planning on keeping free for a limited time (letting anyone who downloaded it while it was free keep it forever), but unfortunately you can’t change it to make it paid later (for those who download it after I change the price), so I pulled that until I get my account set-up to accept payments. The minimum possible price for an application in the Android Market is $0.99, so that’s the price it will cost. I’m not doing this just for the money, so if you download the “Lite” version, please rate the application, and write a review. I know that one developer, Kismet Iheke, is selling a similar application on the market for $1.99, and they have between 500 and 1000 downloads so far, so yes, I do realize that I’m losing money, since I only get paid anything at all if people click my advertisements, and even so, PayPal takes $0.30 plus like 2.9% out of my revenue, but hey, it’s better than nothing. And besides, I don’t really want to charge for my application. I want to make it free to as many people as possible. Anyways, here’s a few screenshots:

 

Enjoy! πŸ™‚

<strong>P.S. </strong>If you notice that you are unable to enter special characters in the text field, that’s a feature, not a bug. In addition to that, all lowercase letters are automatically converted to their uppercase equivalents, since all FiOS network names are all caps, using only alphanumeric characters, and the text box has a maximum limit of 5 characters. It is not possible to calculate a WEP key for an access point that changed its ESSID from the default. Also, both the lite version and the pro version of this software have absolutely no copy protection what-so-ever. People who pirate my application will find a way around the copy protection, and I doubt very many people would pirate something when an advertisement supported version is available for free.