Teen’s app customizes text notices

West Forsyth High School student Josh Patton garners success with mobile phone application



CUMMING, Ga. — Josh Patton, a junior at West Forsyth High School, like many teenagers, is no stranger to technology. Teenagers embrace technology and adapt to it pretty quickly, but Patton has taken a particular liking to it.

Patton has created an application for Android smartphones that is quickly climbing the world of widgets.

As a 9-year-old, Patton would read computer-programming books from the library. Java and JavaScript were some of his favorites. His mother reminisces about walking through the grocery store with all three of her kids in tow and Patton navigating down the grocery aisle with his nose buried in the books.

As an eighth-grader, a Facebook application that Patton created won a scholarship for creativity through a Georgia Tech competition. The application even rewarded him with a little spending money through advertising. He knew from this point that he wanted to pursue a career in computer programming.

His most recent project, an application for smartphones that run Android software, has shot off quicker than he’d imagined.

The Android phones were released in late 2008 and reached 160,000 phone activations per day.

So, there seems to be an endless demand for quality applications.

Patton quickly jumped on the bandwagon.

With urging from his parents, Patton decided to launch his project by the end of 2010.

Patton launched the application three hours before the New Year.

The application, simplistic in its function, allows users to customize their notification for text messaging.

The app allows smartphones to notify users with five long buzzes, 20 short buzzes or other customized settings.

Dubbed as “Notify My Way,” it can be found in the Android Marketplace or on Patton's website: www.Giraffects.com.

In a marketplace of over 200,000 applications, the average Android app only claims about 50 downloads.

Patton's application has garnered more than 300 downloads per week since its launch.

Although the application is free, Patton plans on future updates with new bells and whistles available for a small fee.

His goal of 250,000 downloads seemed lofty at first, but judging from its quick success and the endless supply of users, his future goals will soon be his distant past.

Josh Patton is the son of Brian Patton, a regular contributor to our business pages.

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