Re: [londroid] Has this app been done yet ? "An app to change your ringtone on SOMEONE ELSE'S phone...."

From: Richard G.
Sent on: Monday, January 30, 2012 5:28 PM
Hi Peter,

Don't worry - the app won't (and can't) do anything without your permission - it will be in full dialogue with the user and will only do this if you knowingly install the app in the first place.

The concept behind it is not subverting user control (ie what some would call "hacking") but just to add some novelty ring tone to the phone if you and your contacts have the app installed and allow it to do so.

Hope that clears it up!

Richard.


On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 5:23 PM, Peter Abrahams <[address removed]> wrote:
Richard

I have a question as something of a newbie to mobile phone apps.

I understand that your app runs on your phone but can change the ring tone on my phone without any permission from me, is that correct?

If so what else can you get my phone to do without my permission?
 
On 30 Jan 2012, at 12:26, Richard Green wrote:

Thanks all for your feedback.

To answer some of your questions ....

It's not for "us" - ie the typical demographic on londroid-list - it's aimed at the ringtone mad market. These people aren't going to be in client meetings when their phone shouts "Oi you get down the pub".

Vringo are trying to do this, but their app (while it's not crashing !!!) is quite "frictiony" - ie of not low friction - not "attractive" and requires phone number, username, password, password confirmation, signup per month etc etc . The app I am putting together requires no login, just install and choose your ringtone, and forget.

Appreciate the collective thoughts that you've sent. I may ask some of you to help me test a not-very-pretty demo in the next week or two.

Thanks,

Richard.

On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 8:28 AM, Al Sutton <[address removed]> wrote:
Out of interest; Who would actually use an app like this? I think it's probably worth looking at this aspect before putting in too much effort (unless it's just a brain stretching exercise :))

Personally I wouldn't want it on my phone because I like to assign the ringtones I want to people so I know who is ringing, allowing someone else to change their tones when they call me could get "interesting" when I'm on business.

Al.
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On 30 Jan 2012, at 08:13, Martyn Davies wrote:

Hi Richard,

Take a look at Vringo, who have been doing something similar to that, pushing video ringtones to the phones of your friends so that they get a personalized ring when you call them. I don't know how successful that's been, but they have been banging away at it for some years now.

Regards,
Martyn


On 29 January[masked]:54, Richard Green <[address removed]> wrote:
Chaps - before I plough more of my rare spare time into an app, can you scratch your respective heads and think if this has been done.

In a nutshell : An app to change your ringtone on SOMEONE ELSE'S phone....

ie it will allow me to change the ringtone on my friend's phone when I ring them to something I want it to play ( Rick Astley, 007 , mission impossible, whatever).

It's mainly aimed at the ringtone mad market... which is obviously pretty popular.

I've done a proof of concept on Android - works pretty well using c2dm and app engine (my fave poisons at the moment).

But before I get a nice design etc etc, I was just curious if you chaps had seen it done before.

Thanks,

Richard.





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