5217, a productivity app made by well-known developer Francisco Franco, has been updated with a new Freemium payment model. Anyone that might be interested in trying new methods for boosting productivity can install the app and give it a try for 10 free work cycles. In addition to the new payment model, 5217 has been updated to include a host of new notification options, Android Wear support, and stats for users.
If you haven’t used 5217, the app is simple. When you start working you open it and press the FAB button, it then slowly counts down from 52 minutes. This is the first of the two periods in which you are supposed to work as usual. When your 52 minutes are up, and it reaches zero, you are notified that it’s break time, and the counter begins again from 17. When your break is over, you are again notified, and things start over again at 52 minutes.
The design of the app is lovely, with just three interaction elements on the bottom of the screen, and a big simple set of numbers in the middle counting down on a colored background. The sounds and animations are simple and undistracting, but distinctive. As the timer progresses the shade of blue in the background slowly lightens toward white, so if you keep your display on while working, you can see the timer count down by color from a simple glance.
The app turns work into cycles. If you are familiar with the pomodoro technique, it is basically the same thing, but allegedly tuned to a particular pair of times that are an ideal combination for productive working (at least, according to The Muse). I can’t speak to the science behind 5217, but in my use over the last week I found that scheduling my