YourHour - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

Yes, Mind-e-fy team has 3 years of experience in core Android app development. In the past year, we've developed many apps which solve daily life problems. In this tenure we have developed more than a dozen Android apps and '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 aspect of the "YourHour" app was to develop "floating clock" timer, which will show the real time counter over every app that you use. Also the most interesting thing is that this is an offline app with no database. I used Android UsageEvent API to calculate daily usage time and at the end of the day user gets notified with daily report of the top used apps.

Consulting Team Lead at Mind-e-fy Solutions, India. Having decade-long experience in the area of custom web and mobile app development.

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 2 months.

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

To be precise, in two words the need was - mobile phones! 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 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 the app usage. The app also displays 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. We are concluding with the goal feature where the user would be able to get rid of this addiction by completing a small, yet consistent challenge requiring self-control.

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 on 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.


About App: At times, do you feel that you are getting more and more addicted to your smartphone and not able to stay focused? You wake up with your phone by your side and sleep with it next to you. But is this phone addiction affecting your personal and professional life lately? Are there some apps which take toll of your productive time and you feel like losing control? We have a smart digital solution for your problem. 'YourHour' app comes with interactive user-friendly features to help you track and manage your app usage for every individual app all day long. You would be surprised to know the exact amount of time you spend on your smartphone on daily basis.

Categories: Productivity

Date: July 2, 2018

Developer: Rahul Purswani - [Mind-e-fy Solutions]

About developer: Consulting Team Lead at Mind-e-fy Solutions, India. Having decade-long exper ... Read more



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