Level is a visually pleasing finance app that links to your bank account

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Didn’t really care for any of the apps we suggested for managing your budget? Level Money is another budgeting app, but this is probably the most uniquely designed one. The developer says “Level is the radically simple, digital equivalent of opening up your wallet to see what you can spend today, this week, or this month.” After linking your bank account(s), Level detects income and fixed expenses; therefore, users always know where they stand.

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The 5 Best Android apps for managing your budget [January 2014]

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It’s the start of a new year, and for a lot of people, that means New Years resolutions. Some things, like finally getting in shape, can be pretty tough resolutions to keep, but there are plenty of other things you can pick that are much easier to manage. One popular resolution is to better manage your budget and finances, and that’s where this guide is going to come in handy. We’re going to go over the best available Android apps to help you track your spending, expenses, and bills for the new year.

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Over half of all application revenue comes from top 25 developers, according to reports

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According to some research recently done by Canalys, the distribution of wealth from app sales is pretty heavily skewed towards the top. According to their findings, a group of the top 25 developers rake in about 50% of all money made through Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store. They reportedly made $60 million over a 20-day period at the start of November 2012. Even more interesting is that 24 of the top 25 are game developers. (Pandora was the 25th with its radio application) » Read the rest

CNNMoney Now Available For Free In The Android Market

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If you’re the type of person who likes to keep a tight reign on their money, we’ve got a little tidbit for you.  CNN just released their application, CNNMoney for Android and is now available for free of charge in the Android Market.  Get tips on stocks, breaking money alerts and other financial happenings all at your finger tips with this little personal pocket broker.  Head on over to the Android Market for the download or check out the QR code available below for an even added convenience.  And don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  This ought to make you a little more productive while on the go.  Hit the break for a few more screen shots and to snag that QR code if you need it.   » Read the rest

HTC’s May Sales Up Twice What They Were Last Year

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HTC’s decision to invest heavily on the Android front (while dipping in WP7) is paying off more than they could have ever dreamed of. HTC has reported their consolidated sales for May at a cute, little $1.42 billion. That’s even up from April’s $1.35 billion and more than twice of last year’s $657 Million. Realize that this isn’t even counting HTC’s newest big dogs, the EVO3D and the Sensation. Some people like to claim there’s no money to made in the Android business. HTC begs to differ.

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Google’s Android OS Could Bring In $1.3 Billion In Mobile Ads in 2012

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Remember back in ’08 when Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO, dismissed Googl’s Android OS, stating that he believed that “building it was financially unsound for Google”?  Man, he’s gotta be biting his tongue right about now.  Well, even we have to admit, at first the business model for Android did sound a little…odd, being there was no foreseeable revenue, initially.  But then again, who are we to question the successful search giant?  However, the question does still remain, how is Google making money from Android?  Well, ad revenue, duh.  You know, those little annoying ads that pop up on your mobile device?  Yep, they are there for a reason.   » Read the rest

Google looking to acquire Boku mobile payment company?

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Latest lap around the rumor mill suggests that Google and Apple are both eying the mobile payment developer Boku. According to TechCrunch, Boku is in high level talks with both mobile giants for either base integration or outright acquisition. The same rumors suggest the company could go for about $250 million.

Boku has already shown its face in the Android Market for in-app purchase. The company is adding more paid markets and the upcoming PayPal integration.

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Expensify app allows uploads of transactions and receipts to custom expense reports

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Do you use expense reports? Most of us do, and we all hate them. You have to keep your receipts, do out a bunch of math, make up custom spreadsheets… more often than not, it’s nothing but a huge inconvenience.

Now, however, things are easier. With online tool Expensify, you can make up custom reports that are super easy: it consolidates transactions by type, makes out greaphs of expenses, totals things out; heck, it even attaches pictures of your receipts to specific transactions. But what about all those annoying receipts? Nobody wants to hold onto those until they get to their computer. Enter: Expensify for Android.

Expensify for Android is an app that allows you to upload your transactions and receipt images from your device, making physical receipts obsolete – as far as your expense reports are concerned. All you have to do is open up the app, sign in (first time only), and tell it you want to upload a new transaction. You can type in where it was, how much, add comments, and then take a picture of your receipt. Then you upload all the info to Expensify, where it keeps the transaction information for safe keeping until you can get near a PC and add it to a specific report. Don’t even have the time to type in all your transaction info? Not to worry, as Expensify for Android alows you to simply upload a picture of your receipt, allowing you to come back later and attach it to a transaction.

We should not that will need an account with Expensify, which is completely free, and can be done from Expensify.com. You can even create an account straight from the app, and then start uploading information. Once an expense report is finished, you can save it as a custom spreadsheet or PDF file, that you can then email out to whomever may need it.

To get started with Expensify for Android, click the Rate and Download link below.

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Visa ropes in Bank of America for mobile payments trial in New York

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Remember that post awhile back about AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile rolling out a platform that would get them involved in mobile payments? Well, it looks like Visa heard the call, and have responded with an attack plan of their own. The company has now announced that they are going to start trialing a contactless payment system of their own, with Bank of America as their guinea pig.

The service will start out in New York in September, and moving on through the end of the year. While there isn’t a whole lot of official information on this, speculations say that only select people and employees will be getting the specialized chips that allow mobile payment.

[via engadget]

AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon want you to use your phone as a credit card

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Anyone out there have a touchless credit card? You know, one of those cards where you just swipe it in front of a wireless card reader, it picks up the info, and you go along you merry way? According to an article over at Bloomberg, three of the biggest wireless carriers in the US are looking to move that same technology into your smartphone.

Much like the wireless, contactless credit cards, an NFC chip would have to be installed in new phones with the technology. They are looking to start trying this out in Atlanta and three other cities, with the possible help of Discover Financial Services and British bankers, Barclay Plc.

What do you think? Is this technology something you would want in your phone? Let us know in the comments below!

[via Bloomberg]