An Australian Library and Information Services branch in Brisbane has installed a smart phone app to make sure you don’t have to pick up your phone when you’re not looking.
The library branch in Lee County, south-west Queensland, said the SmartPhoneBack app had been downloaded more than 5 million times and it had been viewed nearly 2 million times on YouTube.
It is not a phone or tablet device and the app only has access to phone numbers and email addresses and cannot do much more.
The phone app allows users to access phone numbers, emails, bookmarks and calendar entries from the library’s website and mobile app.
The app can also download books from the local library.
The smartphone app is available for free on Android phones and iPhones.
The local branch said it was not sure how many people had downloaded the app.
“It is not possible to say what percentage of our users are using the app to access library records and information,” the branch said.
“The number of users who have downloaded it is probably less than 5 per cent.”
The library said the app was designed to help users find their local library, find out if there is a library nearby and if there are other local library users who might be interested in a book or a bookshop.
“People may find the app useful to know the library is nearby and it can help them make an informed decision on where to go,” the library said.
The branch added that it had recently installed an iPad app that allows users “to keep track of book purchases and bookings”.
The SmartPhone Back app was created by a local developer and it is available in more than 100 languages.
It uses a text-based interface and features a range of features including phonebook support, bookmarking and searching.
“If you are using SmartPhone back for the first time you may need to enable a new password to access your library,” the app instructions state.
“Please note this may take up to 30 minutes to complete.”
The app has also been downloaded over 6 million times, and the library has also seen an increase in visitors, according to the branch.
The Smartphone Back app has been downloaded about 10 million times.