If you are familiar with Xiaomi, you might have heard that they are not the most compliant when it comes to the General Public License that makes the core of Android open to us. The terms of the GPLv2 state that since the Android kernel is based on the Linux kernel, which is licensed under GPL,v2 Android has to be open-source for everyone to study or modify, and those that modify the Android kernel have to make their sources immediately available for...
Never Miss an Urgent Message with TeXTe
Ok, let’s face it. Lolcat link-containing SMSes aside, messages from some of your high-priority contacts are simply more important that from others. And yes, while we all enjoy hearing the latest gossip from that acquaintance who thinks that you are buddy-buddy, you don’t really want to hear about this at 2 AM, when you have to go to work then next day.
It is with this in mind that XDA Forum Member CurlyY created TeXTe Emergency SMS. So how does it work? You predefine a code word and give it to a few contacts you trust. Then, if they send you an SMS that contains the magic word, a loud alarm will sound, alerting you even if your phone is muted.
The best part is that since the app doesn’t rely on any particular sender phone number, but rather a code word, it will work if anyone with the code word sends a text. This could be extremely useful if, let’s say, your emergency contact happens to run out of battery but is able to find another phone to message you from.
In the words of the developer:
TeXTe (Sounds like texti) is a very simple and straightforward emergency SMS app.
With TeXTe you can set-up a code word that will start a high volume alarm sound whenever someone who knows the code word will send it to you via SMS .
So in case of an emergency, your : husband / wife / son / daughter / friend / pet.
Can send you a text message containing the code word and get your immediate attention, even if you are in a meeting with your phone on silent mode, or you just forgot your phone on vibrate…
If you value your sleep, and would like to bestow certain contacts with the ability to alert you in the event of an emergency, I can think of no reason why you wouldn’t want to give this a shot. To get started, all you have to do is visit the application thread. While you’re at it, be sure to leave some feedback for the developer, especially if you’re using a third-party SMS app!
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
Xiaomi was founded on April 6th, 2010 and its fifth anniversary is just around the corner. In the past five years, the company has grown by leaps and bounds, rising to the positions of largest smartphone OEM in China and third-largest globally and coupled with its expansion plans and 100 million sales benchmark, this anniversary warranted a fervent celebration. After teasing products on its forums for a few days, Xiaomi held the anniversary event earlier today and staying true to the...
A few months ago, we came up with the idea of presenting the history of flagship devices released by some of the major Android OEMs. In this, we've had the pleasure of bringing you the stories of Sony (Ericsson) and Samsung. Now, it's time for our third and final installment. This is a very special episode, as the OEM I will talk about was heavily connected to Android and the beginnings of XDA as a whole. Yes, I'm talking about HTC, the...