Ringya is Finally on Android!

Great news, Android users! You can finally get all your contact lists onto your phone in a snap because Ringya now supports Android. Read about it in MashableeWeekCoolMomTechZDNet and Nerdstalker

Thousands of you were sent invitations by friends and colleagues who shared “Rings” (contact lists) with you. When you download our app, those contact lists will automatically appear within Ringya on your phone. Magical!

You can also create your own “Rings” by snapping a pic of any contact list from within Ringya or emailing the list to rings@ringya.com. Ringya transforms them into smart, organized, sharable, searchable “Rings” so you have all your contact lists (class lists, staff list, sports and club members) at your fingertips.

While most of the features are the same as on iPhone, the app uses native UI so the look and feel is very Android.

You can download the free Ringya app here.  

(Ringya currently supports most, but not all, Android versions. If the device you have is not supported, contact us and we’ll let you know when it is supported.)

The Android version has most…but not all of the features of the iPhone version…and we are working hard to get Android to 100%.

Here’s what you can do now:

  • Put entire contact lists onto your phone effortlessly
  • Create and share contact lists with the touch of a button
  • Access your contacts in context – Ringya organizes your contact lists so you can view by role or title (eg. Moms) (eg. Sales team) (eg. NY Office)
  • Email or text individuals, sub-groups or the entire contact list
  • Touch an address and Ringya connects automatically to your phone’s navigation app so you can get where you need to go!
  • Always know who’s calling you and how they fit into your world with our contextual caller ID (eg. Sally Jones, Tim Jones’ Mother, 2nd Grade Oak School)

Here’s what you’ll be able to do soon:

  • Share lists with a select contacts (as opposed to the entire list)
  • Grab contacts from your address book or manually add contacts to create custom Rings (eg. Extended Family)(eg. Favorite Local Restaurants)

We’ll send out a notification as these features are added to Android.

As always, we’d love to hear from you. Please send your feedback to feedback@ringya.com so we can continue to improve Ringya.

We hope you enjoy Ringya!

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Ringya Goes to School

As the official communication app of EdCamp St. Louis, we learned a few things about today’s educators:

  • They are smart and innovative—always looking for new ways to inspire their students
  • They are great communicators, engaging in conversations with their students, parents and their peers
  • They are busy (super busy) as they try and balance their classroom, school, community and even personal contacts

While we can’t get rid of the chaos that often comes with the busy lifestyle of being an educator, Ringya can help control it—not only saving your day, but saving your sanity.

We’ve heard from numerous educators on how they are using our app to stay organized and productive.  “As an educator, this app is a lifesaver.  I’m a huge multi-tasker and this is the only app that allows me to take a picture of my class lists, faculty list and the school directory and organized them into neat, mobile lists,” says Stacey Levine, a high school teacher and mom of two.  “It works like magic, and saves me time and stress.  I shared it with the other teachers, who now think I’m a hero.”

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With Ringya, educators can effortlessly respond to these everyday scenarios:

  • Always know who’s calling – and which parent belongs to which child – with Ringya’s contextual caller ID  (i.e. Jane Smith, Mother of Jimmy Smith, Third Grade Math Class)
  • Reach parents to schedule conferences or share concerns—even if you have left your class list in your desk and it is after school hours
  • Letting the faculty know you will be late to school
  • Rescheduling a school committee or faculty meeting—alerting the entire group  with just one text message or email
  • Reminding parents about field trips, homework or upcoming activities (easily message the entire list or sub-groups, for eg., only the moms)
  • Informing parents on early or late dismissals, school cancellations and last minute changes to events

Because Ringya turns your paper or digital contact lists into smart, organized mobile lists (“Rings”), your school contacts stay separate from your personal address book. You can search through them easily because the info is organized. You can view by role (eg. PTA Board Members; eg. Class Parents) and you can share the list so that parents have each others contact info handy on their phones too!

If you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to download Ringya and begin using it in and out of the classroom.  Let us know how it saves your day—and your sanity!


Four Super-Handy Ringya Features

So you’ve uploaded some contact lists to Ringya – perhaps your office directory, your kids’ class lists, and the membership list from a club or association. Now that you have all that contact info at your fingertips, it’s time to take Ringya to the next level. Learn how to:

◊ Text or email individuals or sub-groups
◊ Share Resources with Friends and Co-workers
◊ Launch navigation from within Ringya
◊ Give your Rings personalized “code” names

1. Text or Email select individuals or a sub-group – You need to alert the L.A. office that a client will be on-site or let your fellow third grade dads know that the venue for dad’s night has changed due to inclement weather. It’s simple to text or email individuals or sub-groups.

 

  • Once inside a Ring, click on the menu button on the bottom right corner
  • Choose “Group Message”
  • Choose “Text Message”, “Email Message” or “Pictures via Email”
  • When the contact names appear, choose the ones you wish to message by clicking inside the empty boxes appearing near each name. A checkmark will appear to indicate those names have been selected.
  • If you wish to select an entire subgroup (eg. only the managers or only dads or only the L.A. office), select “By Role”, “By Department” or “By Company” and then place a check mark next to the group you wish to message


2. Share Resources with Friends and Co-workers – Instead of calling your friends or coworkers every time you need a recommendation for a plumber or great restaurant or chasing down co-workers when you need a contractor or supplier, collaborate with them via Rinya. Ringya allows you to custom build your own lists and share them. And when anyone adds to the list, the entire group gets the update. You can start a resource list, share it, and have people add to it so you can access each other’s recommended contacts.

 

  • When opening Ringya, click on the menu button on the bottom right of the screen
  • Choose “Manually”
  • Name the Ring (e.g. “Local Resources” or “Favorite Restaurants”)
  • You can choose to “Copy from Contacts” or “Add New Contact” manually
  • Once you’re done adding your recommended handymen, hair salons, or bars and restaurants, share the list with friends or coworkers and have them add theirs

 

 

3. Navigate straight from Ringya – Meeting a client or picking up your kid from a playdate? When you click on an address within a contact in Ringya, it will automatically connect you to Waze or Apple Maps so you can get where you need to go.

  • Open a contact list in Ringya and select a contact
  • Click once on the contact’s home or work address
  • Navigation app will launch
  • Address must include street name and city

4. Give Your Rings Personalized “Code” Names – Say someone shared the “Oak View School 2nd Grade” contact list with you but you want to call it something more specific like “Sally’s Class,” you can create a personal name for the Ring.

  • Open Ringya and click on the Ring you wish to rename
  • Click the menu button on the bottom right corner
  • Choose “Ring Details”
  • Choose “Edit” on the top right corner of the screen
  • Directly below the public Ring name, you can select “Set Personal Ring Name”



Enter the Ringya “WOW” Contest!

We’ve noticed a trend with Ringya users. From the moment a new user downloads the app and uses it, there are a string of “wow” moments—as in “Wow, I can’t believe this paper contact list of the entire office team is now neatly organized on my phone” or “Wow, I now know if the phone call I’m receiving is from Jeff, my new client, or Jeff, my kid’s friend’s dad.” Perhaps it was the time when you created a “Ring” for your son’s basketball team by simply snapping a photo of the list. Or when you simply added the new hire’s info to the office “Ring” and everyone was instantly updated with the contact info. Wow! read more >

The Newest App on the Menu for Restaurant and Bar Owners and Managers

Running or managing a restaurant or bar is a juggling act. Between employee turnover and ever-changing shift staff, it’s hard to keep up with communications.When your star bartender comes down with the flu just hours before a major bar event or you have an urgent message to convey to just the wait staff, you need a way to communicate quickly to find staff to jump into action. And since you often need to call in outside vendors (plumber, delivery service, beverage vendors), it would be great to have a list you can easily share with staff and manage collaboratively. Relying on some crumpled paper list hanging on a bulletin board is not going to cut it.  You need everyone’s contact info at your fingertips and you need a way to send everyone or select staff messages quickly and easily. read more >

Need A Recommendation for Local Resources or Restaurants?

The next time you need a recommendation for a plumber, electrician, hair salon, bar or restaurant, wouldn’t it be handy to have recommendations from friends, family or coworkers on your phone?  With Ringya, you can team up to create resource lists, share them with your peers, then build them up together. read more >

Ringya’s New Sharing Options are Live!!!

We heard you loud and clear! Many Ringya users asked to share Rings with selected contacts and, with our latest version, that is now possible. You can now choose whether to share a Ring (contact list) with the entire group, select individuals (eg. work team members or fellow committee members), or with anyone listed in your address book. And you can even share a Ring you’re not a part of (eg. a contact list of local handymen or restaurants). read more >

Tips for Planning Your Office Holiday Party

According to a recent article in Inc., 9 out of 10 companies expect to throw a holiday work party this month.  If you volunteered (or were volunteered) to plan a festive event for your colleagues and clients, we are here to help! We have searched the web to find some of the best tips for planning a holiday office party. read more >

Preparing for Winter Sports Season

It seems we have barely had time to put away our football helmets and cleats before we are knee-deep into headgear and singlets.  Our family is a sports family and with every new season comes a new activity—and a new team, with new coaches, new players, new parents…and, of course, new team rosters.  “Ringya has fast become my favorite organization app,” said Kelly Whalen @thecentsiblelife.  “Especially with a whole new set of contacts from winter sports.” read more >

Twitter Holiday Sanity Party Roundup

Wow—what a great party with so many wonderful tips for keeping the holidays happy (and productive!). Thanks to everyone who participated and shared their sanity savers and thanks to our hosts @techsavvymama, @foundthemarbles, @daily_pinch and @elenasonnino. It’s clear from most of our partygoers that ‘to do’ lists are packed with things to get done between now and New Year’s. From “buying gifts, putting up tree and decorations” (@n210ss) to “shopping, relatives for the holidays and winter blizzard hazards” (@helyn4) to “getting everything prepared for hosting holiday parties!” (@Lieut_Crunch) we are all feeling a bit pressed for time and resources this holiday season—which is why so many of us would like to add @GratefulHoops suggestion to our gift lists: “I’d love to get Rosey from the Jetsons as a gift this year.” read more >