ReplyASAP -- the name basically says it all. The app was created by a British-dad who was tired of his son not answering his messages right away. FOX 10 News Anchor Lenise Ligon spoke with the creator of the app, Nick Herbert, via Skype.
"Prior to this I had no experience of developing apps, it's not something I do in my day-job so this is all new to me," Nick Herbert, ReplyASAP App creator, explained.
It all started when Herbert was taking a course through work that tasked him to come up with an idea for a digital product. He ended up with a digital tool that would be the answer to a lot of parents prayers. A way to make their sons and daughters respond to their text messages.
As for the name, "it was actually my sister who came up with the name I couldn't think of a name at all and I asked my family and after the many ideas that one came up."
ReplyASAP makes missing a message impossible. It takes over the screen and sounds an alarm...essentially locking the phone until the user responds. Users can hit snooze but the message will just keep coming back.
The app must be downloaded on BOTH the parent and the child's' smartphone. Initially, Herbert's teenage son wasn't on board with the idea. He eventually came around when he realized the app would work both ways -- meaning the kids can also send messages to their parents that override their screens.
So what's next? Herbert says he plans to make some tweaks to the app. He's hoping to get into the Apple app store, which rejected the application because of its location and sound features. For now ReplyASAP is a free download solely available on the PlayStore for android devices.