Last month I published my first Android app to the Google Play Store: Duly Noted. Which was something I had created for myself long ago and finally got around to publishing. Today, I’m publishing another app that I wrote for our family about two years ago and has proven very handy.
AutoPager, originally called “Page My Driver”, allows a user to specify 1-2 phone numbers as recipients of predefined custom SMS texts; which are sent by simply touching the launcher icon (no other user action is required).
Two icons are shown in your launcher:  and . The  icon is used to send a custom message which normally gives a heads up about something 5-10 minutes in advance.
The second icon  would be used to send a different custom message regarding a more immediate notification.
For example, Tia and I set the 2 phone number recipients as the 2 phones of our family driver.
When a pickup / departure will be needed in 5-10 minutes, the  icon is pressed to page the driver on both phone numbers to give him a heads up and prepare for pickup. Later, the  icon is pressed to page the driver (again on both phone numbers) that a pickup is now required in the next 0-1 minutes.
This app was designed to page two phone numbers at once because in many countries people carry two phones or have dual-SIM phones. Paging them on both phones helps ensure they get the message.
AutoPager could also be used to provide heads up canned messages to significant others / children / co-workers, etc.
The custom text messages sent by the  and  icons can be changed in the settings.
This application has the potential to save a significant amount of time for anyone employing a personal driver or has a similar need of sending the same SMS to the same person multiple times a day.