Monday, December 22, 2008

Announcing SMS Popup for Android

SMS Popup ScreenshotI just uploaded my 2nd Android app to the Market - it's called SMS Popup - a very simple app that just displays an incoming SMS message in a popup dialog (activity). I grew used to this feature on my iPhone and while I like Android's notification system, I still find it useful to be able to quickly look down at my phone and see the incoming text.

Here are the release notes for the first version (0.9 because I'm sure there will be bugs!).

Countdown Alarm++ Icon
SMS Popup v0.9.0

  • Show a popup dialog when a you receive an SMS
  • The screen will wake up for a user defined time
  • The secure keyguard will be disabled (only for the initial popup, after that you will need to unlock as normal)
  • Close or Reply to the message
  • If more than 1 message is pending an Inbox button is shown
  • The Reply button calls the proper system intent, if there are any other applications available that can provide this functionality a dialog should show offering a choice of which application to use to reply. To use Chomp SMS make sure you have the latest version of Chomp (1.6) - previous versions did not use the standard intent filters.
Once again, credit for the app icon goes to Min Tran ( - thanks for the great free icon sets!


  1. I LOVE the app.

    There is one feature I would really love to see in the next build. If you are in the actual Messenger application do not have pop-ups appear. This gets annoying at times if you are sending SMS messages to multiple people at the same time and pop-ups keep coming at you.

    Also, along with Close and Reply it would be great to see something like 'Mark as Read' so that is would clear the notification out. This might even be an option in the settings to say "Clear notification is Close is pressed".

    Great job though, keep up the great work!

  2. Hi,

    I s there a way to download the source code for the app. This one or the countdown alarm.


  3. @Mason: unfortunately there isn't a way to detect which app is visible to the user at the moment. I am looking at adding an option to only show the popup when the screen is off which may help.

    @Me Escupo: I am planning on releasing the code eventually. The 2 apps are still a work in progress so once they are stable and I clean up the code I will release.

  4. adam is there anyway you'd be interested in making this app for blackberry (preferably the storm)? believe me there is a huge amount of people asking for this type of app.

  5. @max: I haven't had any experience making mobile apps for other platforms. What drew me to Android was its easy to use development environment, linux-based OS and the fact it's open source. Unfortunately I'm more likely to write more apps for Android than branch out to other mobile OS's, sorry!

  6. That's completely understandable, just know that if you ever get bored or something like that, we blackberry owners would love to see you in the blackberry app world. good luck with your apps

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