YourHour – Phone Addiction Tracker & Controller - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

Yes, Mind-e-fy team has 6 years of experience in core Android app development. In the past years, we've developed many apps which solve daily life problems. In this tenure, we have developed more than a dozen Android apps and the 'YourHour' app is our personal favorite. Please check out our portfolio here.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

The most challenging part was to design an architecture that can be robust and scalable to handle so many users, currently, we have 3 Million users on the app across 150+ countries.

Our app has been rated by over 65K+ users and currently, the rating is 4.5 out of 5 and it's the best-rated Screen Time control app on the market.

The interviewee, Rahul Purswani, is the CEO of Mind-e-fy Solutions. Based out of Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India, the company has built the YourHour app which currently stands as the world's #1 screentime app with over 3 million downloads.

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

Inshorts - It is a single-screen news app that will notify you with news feeds delivered in 60 words.

How long have you been working on this app?

We have been working on the app for the last 3 years.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

In one word, the need was - smartphones! Today, anybody and everybody, from a kid to a granny, all people are smartphone users. And over the years, this usage has been transformed into an addiction. Today, the time has come when we can hardly imagine our lives without phones. And this addiction has made us lag behind in the race of life. We are losing productivity, innovation, personal space, and quality time. And so, with the 'YourHour' app, I aim to make the users aware of the amount of precious time they waste being glued to their phones, and provide them a handy control over the same.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

'YourHour' app is based on a simple concept of tracking the users' time spent on their phones. The app incorporates certain features that help users to keep pace with their usage. The app counts the number of phone unlocks, the number of hours spent on the mobile screen, and provides the user with a daily and weekly report of each app usage. It also features a floating timer that keeps showing the users the time they spend on an app while using it. It's more like a stopwatch for app usage. The app also displays the phone's daily timeline of the apps used by the user, at what point of the day, and for how much time.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

We have been working on the upcoming features for a while. With our past version of the app, we tried to make the users aware of their phone usage, and in the upcoming features, we are planning to provide them with a solution to minimize the same.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

It would be definitely encouraging if the users develop concern about phone addiction and install our app to help them with that. Also, their reviews and ratings could help us improve our app further and keep track of our progress towards our aim of developing a healthy population behind smartphones. They are also welcome to share this concern with friends and family and enlighten them with our concept as well.

YourHour – Phone Addiction Tracker & Controller

About App:

At times, do you feel like getting more & more addicted to your smartphone and not able to stay FOCUSED? From waking up and sleeping with it next always. But is this affecting personal & professional life lately? Does it feel like losing Control & decreasing productivity?

Then we have got a Smart Digital Solution to achieve digital wellness.

Our app gives a variety of fun, user-friendly and personalized features that can help to track & control usage.

Key features of YourHour:

? Dashboard: Gateway to Complete Day!
The dashboard provides all essential information in one place. It keeps track of "Usage Time" & “Unlock Count" & thereby, gives a comparative info-graphic view of today’s and past 7 days activity.

? Goal Spots: Know Level of Addiction!
By analyzing data of the past 7 days, we define the Category of Phone Addict that the user currently belongs to from this listed six categories vis-a-vis Addicted, Obsessed, Dependent, Habitual, Achiever, and Champion.

? "Clock Timer": See Days slip by!
"Floating Timer" is one of the unique features to show real-time statistics. It appears on all apps so that users can see for themselves their time slipping by. It can easily be dragged & dropped anywhere on the screen. And it would even change color from Green to Amber to Red, highlighting that the preset limit has reached.

We don't block notifications or calls because we want users to be the best judge of their time.

? Tap That App!
This section shows comprehensive insights in a progress bar about how much an individual app has been used out of the set limit. There are numerous setting that can be customized here as per own preference.

? Phone’s Daily Routine!
Timeline is a sequential diary of *What's Been Cooking* around the whole day, it goes on recording every minute detail. In short, it is *WHAT, WHEN, and HOW MUCH* of all used apps.

? Multiple Detailed Reports!
Insightful Daily, Weekly, and Monthly reports with great analytics. The daily consolidated report gets delivered to you every day through a notification. For Premium members, there is also an option to export PDF format of weekly and monthly reports.

? Export data to XLSX format!
We do not store any personal data, as everything is stored in local storage. Entire data can be exported in an excel-sheet since the installation date for data analysis or statistics purposes.

? Widget: Everything On Screen! Users can also enable a cool widget on the homescreen to get a summarized view without having to launch our app!

Each day, we are striving hard to make everyone live "A Healthy Digital Life"!

? Stay Smart & Stay Healthy! ?

Categories: Productivity

Date: May 27, 2021

Developer: Mind-e-fy Solutions

About developer: The interviewee, Rahul Purswani, is the CEO of Mind-e-fy Solutions. Based ou ... Read more



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