Last year it was really hectic around Valentine’s Day. I didn’t have time to run to the store and pick up a card. So instead I created an app for Amie. It was an extremely simple app, just one screen that scrolled and showed pictures. The Android Development team at Google even provided the base framework as an example. I grabbed some photos, wrote some words, and stealthily put it onto her phone. Micah had a doctor’s appointment that morning. But Amie was super excited to see it on her phone. She even showed the old couple sitting by her in the waiting room, even though they probably didn’t have a clue what “smartphone” or “app” meant. Amie still has it on her phone to this day.
This year, I’d like to offer you the same opportunity to impress your significant other this Valentine’s Day. First, they need to meet these two requirements:
- They must have a smartphone (Android and iPhones both work!). I previously didn’t include iPhones, but I found a solution that should work.
- You have to be able to get into their phone. If they have it locked and you don’t know the password, you can’t load the app.
Do you meet those requirements? Good. Then what I need from you is the following:
- Pictures that you’d like in the app and the words, if any, you’d like to go with the pictures. Don’t forget to include a good picture for the launcher icon. People have been using around 6-10, but that’s not a hard requirement.
- The name of the person you’d like on the app.
- If the person uses an Android phone or an iPhone.
- $10. This can be paid via Paypal.
Turnaround should be pretty quick, but the sooner the better. Here’s what the app would look like:
And here’s what they’d see on their homescreen:
Once the app is ready, you’ll need to go into the phone’s settings, enable apps to be installed from outside the Google Play store, and then download the link I provide to you and install the app. If you wanted sound to play when they open it up, that can be arranged also for an extra $5.
Sound like a good alternative to the paper card? If so, drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Let me know if you have any questions.