Is worth joining? I don’t think so (and tell you why)

The last days I got an email from and asked me to „join our brand new submission service for Android developers and reach 100’s of million additional users outside the Google Android Market.  In the last months we’ve worked hard to build the world’s easiest, fastest and most convenient submission interface for Android developers and we’re really proud to invite you to submit your Apps.“

Sounds great, but then I read the terms and conditions and found: (CAPITAL letters / bold edited by me)

„2.2.8 It is allowed that THE DEVELOPER integrates ads of external ad networks into apps that should be distributed by SYNAPSY. As either SYNAPSY or distribution channels of SYNAPSY might provide and/ or offer own ad networks or have own agreements with external ad networks with the possibility of assignment of sub id’s and the management of such, SYNAPSY has the right to ask THE DEVELOPER to embed such ad networks/ ad networks identification codes or id’s or REPLACE THEM BY ITSELF IF TECHNICALLY FEASIBLE and without negatively changing the behavior of THE DEVELOPER’s apps. Same conditions as for sales of paid content apply and SYNAPSY shall pay to THE DEVELOPER a percentage of the Net Receipts that are based on successful ad events and the Revenue Exhibits (Appendix 1).“ „Appendix 1: […] SYNAPSY shall pay THE DEVELOPER 70% of all Net Receipts[…]“


„3.6 In case THE DEVELOPER uses discovery and delivery channels backed by SYNAPSY to distribute free ad-funded ‘Content’ and does not use advertisement platforms/ services/ distribution channels recommended and/ or offered by SYNAPSY and/ or its partners, SYNAPSY may consider to charge a handling fee from THE DEVELOPER later on. Such handling fee can only be charged if THE DEVELOPER accepts such potential fees communicated by SYNAPSY at least 30 days in advance. A refusal can lead to exclusion of the ‘Content’ already submitted by THE DEVELOPER.

So, what do they do?

They ask for your app to submit. Then they change your app (is possible) to their own ad-network-(sub)-ids. Or want you to change your code to their network(-(sub)-id). Manipulating your app andor getting you to change to their network(-sub)-id (but staying in the same ad network) will result in taking 30% of (formerly YOURS) ad-revenues and only giving you 70% of the returns earned by ads in your app. Doesn’t sound like a good deal at all (for the developer)

Otherwise (if you dont adfinance you app or dont change your code (where they can’t technically) they can charge you money for promoting your app, after a 30 day annoncement period.

Better to know that before starting with them. And they put it well deep in the terms.

For me it sounds like a better for than for the developer.

I personally will not join synapsy for that reason!


How to set a search link or a direct link into the Android market

There are two ways to link to the Android market from your phone or in an app.

1. Link to a search in the android market

1.1. with the UNIQUE package name (search will only give ONE result)
Look up package name under the app and see the URL i.e. p/android/, where „“ is the package name. Additionally the link behind the QR-Code gives you the ready link.)

1.2. with a searchterm, like „google“


1.3. all applications of one specific publisher


2. Direct link to an app-page / „details“ in the android market

use „details?“ instead of „search?“ and send the package name.

3. … and to do it programmatically / some source code

String url = „market://details?“;
//OR for search link: String url = „market://search?“;
Intent i = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_VIEW);
More Information in the Android Developer Documentation

Video von der 34. Fahrradsternfahrt des ADFC in Berlin

How to mount a 3M Vikuiti DQC160 Display/Screen Protection Foil on a HTC Desire [Video]

500GB 2,5" externe Platte für 49 Euro

.. habe heute beim Mediamarkt zugeschlagen, bei Amazon ( kostet die Platte (noch?) 59 Euro 62,99 Euro, scheint sich also schon um einen guten Preis zu handeln.

Vodafone 845 / Preiswertes Android Handy

  • 150 Euro ohne Vertrag
  • 3G
  • Digitalkamera mit 3,2 Megapixel
  • GPS-Chip
  • Android-Version 2.1 Eclair
  • resistiver 2,8″ (7,11cm) Touchscreen

Der 2,8 Zoll Touchscreen ist resistiv also nicht einer des „neuen“ (kapazitiven) Typs, sondern so einer, wo man richtig draufpressen muss, um was auszuwählen, man kann dafür aber auch einen Stift nehmen, die Frage ist eben, wie attraktive das ist, müsste man sich mal ansehen, aber ich empfinde die kapazitiven Screens als echt wohltat, zumal beim scrollen. Dafür hat das Gerät aber wohl noch (über den Tasten oder auf den Tasten?) einen Sensor, mit dem man von rachts nach links scrollen kann.

Panorama ARD über Killerspiele

Ein schönes Beispiel der Beeinflussung der Gesellschaft durch eine weitgehend manipulative und verfälschende Berichterstattung kann man sich mal unter den untigen Links ansehen.

Das Problem dabei: es gibt keinen (garkeinen!) Grund, weshalb die Berichterstattung über Afghanistan, die Bankenkrise oder oder oder auch nur ein Stück „besser“, informativer oder objektiver ablaufen sollte.

Wenn man das liest muss man wohl davon ausgehen, dass wir auch zu vielen anderen „Schlagwort“-Themen äußert schlecht informiert werden .