I wrote Alarm Clock Xtreme in the first few months of 2010. I was unhappy with my job and wanted to refresh my programming skills before looking for a new position. I was an iPhone user at the time, but I had worked with Android before and Android had a lower barrier for entry. I traded my iPhone for a Motorola Droid and created Alarm Clock Xtreme.
The app was much simpler initially. It allowed users to shake their phone to snooze, and travel at a minimum speed to dismiss, ensuring that they had left the house. Slowly, I began adding more features and building my ideal alarm clock. My goal became to discourage excessive snoozing and help myself and others wake up on time. As the application grew in users, I started receiving emails from people telling me how much the app has helped them get out of bed in the mornings. The app turned into a hobby and a passion. I spent a lot of my free time after work and on the weekends adding new features, responding to emails, and reading the latest news about Android.
Alarm Clock Xtreme has now been in the Android Market for over a year, and has succeeded well beyond my initial expectations. The app is packed with features and has reached over a million downloads. I formed Angle Labs earlier this year and am now turning my hobby into a full-time job. My close friend, Alex Guerra, will be helping to ensure the quality of all products as the business grows. In addition to building out the feature set for Alarm Clock Xtreme (based on your suggestions), we’ll be working on some new ideas and expanding Angle Labs’ portfolio of apps. You can also expect some more blog posts along the way, so stay tuned for more from Angle Labs.
We don’t have a timeline for new features and apps, but we are excited about what the future has in store. If you like what you see and want to support us in this endeavor, please help spread the word about Angle Labs and Alarm Clock Xtreme. Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and keep an eye out for updates!