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Mint for Android officially lands today and I’ve been using it for a few days on my Google Nexus One. It was worth the wait, because it’s not a watered-down, first effort on a new platform. It’s just as functional and effective as its iPhone counterpart.

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When I jumped to Android from an iPhone in January, there were a few key apps that I was distraught about leaving behind. One of them, Mint, officially lands today. I’ve been using it for a few days on my Google Nexus One. It was worth the wait, because it’s not a watered-down, first effort on a new platform — it’s just as functional and effective as its iPhone counterpart.

I’ve been able to view spending or upcoming bill alerts, track and categorize the transactions on all of my accounts, and quickly check balances before making a purchase on the road. And unlike the iPhone, Android supports widgets, so there’s a Mint widget that shows total cash and debt on the home screen. Tap the widget and you jump into the full application. About the only function I still miss is that of notifications — on the iPhone, my handset would notify me of alerts, but I see no setting for that in the Android version just yet.

Obviously, you need a free Mint.com account to use the app. And more importantly, you have to feel secure in providing Mint with your bank credentials. We can debate that point for days, but it’s a personal decision — one that I’m comfortable with as I feel that Mint is secure and there’s no way to make a transaction through the Mint application. For those that have the same comfort level and have been using Mint on the web with an Android phone, your wait for a useful money management client application is over.

 

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  1. Kevin, did you get a preview? I can’t seem to find it on the marketplace.

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    1. Bill, I did get a direct .APK for preview, but searching the Market now, I do see it. And it supports 1.5, 1.6 and 2.1, so perhaps it’s just taking time to appear on some devices?

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  2. Great article! I use Mint on the iphone now, it’s on my first screen too. Good to know it’s on both platforms. Awesome service isn’t it!

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  3. Nice paycheck, Kevin;-)
    This looks good. I use MINT on my iPhone and it’s one of those numerous apps, all free, that make you stop and think just how powerful these devices are.

    Free is the new black!

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    1. Ha! The paycheck isn’t mine – these are press images. ;)

      No question that apps are really unlocking the power od handheld devices.

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  4. Bill/Kevin – if I recall there is some issue around signed apps in the Android Shop where if the ROM of your device has not been added to Google’s whitelist of blessed devices then you will not be able to see certain apps in the appstore.

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  5. rainier seidel Monday, May 3, 2010

    Mint is useless on any platform.

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    1. Curious: why do you feel that way?

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      1. rainier seidel Monday, May 3, 2010

        Offered no value to me. Could not classify more than half of my credit card transactions. Thence recommended me more credit cards as a way to save money.

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      2. Hmm…. that’s disappointing as I find tremendous value in the service from a data consolidation standpoint. I did have trouble with one institution not supported for the longest time, but that was eventually resolved. I also ignore the offers, which is quite easy to do.

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      3. Rainier Seidel Monday, May 3, 2010

        Well, I was hoping that Mint would give me some insight into how I spent money and then make recommendations on changes to consider. But it was unable to distinguish airline tickets from groceries. And the same old suggestions for more credit cards was baffling.

        In contrast, my online brokerage account can tell the difference between stocks and bonds, domestic and international etc, then make recommendations about how to better balance my portfolio to suit my financials goals.

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  6. so what is it or what does it do ? if u need to check how much money have in the bank why not just find the app for it ?

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    1. Mint consolidates the data from all of your financial institutions. So it provides one look at all bank accounts, credit cards, investments and more. It then analyzes your transactions by auto categorizing them so you can easily see where your money is going. That’s just a high level overview – I recommend hitting Mint.com for more info.

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  7. The fact that banking is now mobile instead of at home will only lead to more fraud because it easier to loose or have stolen than something that is at your house

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    1. Mint isn’t a mobile banking service — you can’t initiate any transactions with it. ;)

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  8. I’ve got MINT on my iPhone yesterday itself. Trying to figure out things. The info here made me curious. I hope it goes well for me too. :)

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