The shabbos app
The shabbos appMaking your shabbat that much better, one click at a time.http://www.shabbosapp.com/Some contextThe goal is to enhance peoples shabbat experiences by making shabbat observance easier.Creators of the app compare it to shabbat clocks, air conditioning, and light usage on shabbat
The appSimilar to shabbat elevator, shabbat app forces consistent battery power phone doesnt heat upWriting: delayed typing option causes slight and random delay when typing or wipe data option causes app to reset all new data every hourSounds are disabled User can choose to receive a vibration for new notifications or visual indicators, or both.forces the screen to stay actively lit the entire Shabbos An indicator light on the screen says when to charge when green, the user can plug the smartphone in and out of a power charger, as no charging action will occur until the light turns red.
Questions to considerIs use of this app halakhically permissible? Should the same apply for Yom Tov?Is the production of the app something we should endorse? If used with the right intentions, is it ok?If permissible, why dont more in the community use it?Whats worse, a shomer-shabbos Jew who does it not in the spirit of shabbbat, or a secular Jew who has the right intentions?