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This app is called S.M.T.H., which stands for Send Me To Heaven. It's a cunning double entendre, you see. Not only are you supposed to toss your phone upward to the heavens, but you are also liable to break it, thus sending it to broken electronics heaven. Apple refused to allow this game in the App Store, but we lucky Android users get the chance to live dangerously.

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S.M.T.H. uses your devices accelerometer to essentially measure free fall from the peak of the parabola after you carelessly toss it into the air. The result is displayed in meters on the screen after you (presumably) catch it. There are global leaderboards but something is fishy in there. The top players are seeing upwards of 30 meters. That's basically a 6-story building. I doubt most of us could even throw a phone that high, let alone catch it.

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To be fair, there is a big disclaimer in the app before you play, so you can't really get upset at S.M.T.H. for existing. It's just here to give you an outlet for risk-taking behavior.

[via Kotaku]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Cory_S

    This is so win.

  • Nathan Borup

    I got 22.3 meters... can anyone beat that?

    • tookieboy

      "There are global leaderboards but something is fishy in there. The top players are seeing upwards of 30 meters."

      did you even read the article?

    • jesuguru

      No. I mean... no you didn't.

  • Sorian

    Does it know the difference from a toss up then back down, or are some cunning players using a mini parachute attached to the phone and dropping it down?

    • nxym

      basic physics using height=.5gt^2
      i think

      • Sorian

        What I was trying to get at is how someone could manage a 6 story phone free-fall without killing said phone.

    • Frekko

      you can simply attach a string to your phone and climb to top of the 6 story building and now you just have to pull the string up fast and then lower it back again. ;)

  • LatexO

    I've got 1KM beat that !
    xD

    • Analon

      I dropped it from the orbit. Now its a Satellite.
      -From ISS

      • http://twitter.com/shamus_carter james kendall

        impart some retrograde thrust to get it back in to kerbles atmo.

      • Mr E

        Jettisoned from Mars. Expecting results in a few months.
        -- Sincerely, Curiosity

      • david

        Leave it higher and stable and it could fall for millions of years lol!

  • Donatom3

    Finally an app that will let us get some real measurements in drop tests.
    I won't watch a YouTube drop test video that isn't using this app.

    • Danny365

      It says FAILURE if you drop it. :)

      • Donatom3

        Nice, so the developer can make money on a Pro version that offers the drop test mode.

  • Austyn Cornwell

    best game ever...

  • Tarun Pemmaraju

    All you need to do is calibrate your phone's accelerometer sideways, right?

    • GraveUypo

      i'm pretty sure it counts how long the phone stays on 0 g, so that wouldn't work.

  • Christopher Lee

    I seem to recall a video made of someone tossing an iPad out of some ridiculous height in a impact case that it allowed to survive. I get the sinking feeling that people will start chartering helicopters to achieve this same purpose. :P

    • atlouiedog

      My elementary school was in a rural area with fields next door and one of my teacher's had a pilot's license and a small plane. You know that old standby project where you make a vessel to protect an egg from a fall? Ours was really fun.

      • Christopher Lee

        I hate you forever. I used to dream of doing something like that using those cheap plastic army men and a high-flung egg, but no child is going to throw an egg + contraption higher than a plane.

  • solbin

    HAH. jokes on you! Just broke my phone. The app has a disclaimer, but your website doesn't. Android Police, expect a lawsuit incoming. Going to sue for damages to the phone, emotional distress, and I got scratched up and neck kind of hurts since I dove for the phone on hard concrete.

    • Jonathan Zelayandia

      I think i love you

    • Christopher Lee

      Much as I'd like to see this in real life court, pretty sure it would end at the article's URL. :P

    • mlj11

      Right... -_-

      But if you're serious, please post your progress here so we can get in on the class action lawsuit.

      • solbin

        Going to say no on the class action. Usually the lawyers get most of the fee. Thinking about representing myself.

        What I will need from you is your full name, social security number, phone number, bank account information, mother's maiden name. You know, the usual stuff to properly represent you as part of my trial. I am thinking that if I can get testimony from people other than myself I will be more successful in winning the trial and getting a large sum of money. I will happily pay you for your time and efforts.

        Please respond.

    • Samvith V Rao

      There are actually idiots who downvoted this ? Why so serious guys ?

    • Guest

      Like Apple lol.

  • TuckandRoll84

    30 meters would be approximately the height of a 9 story building, not a 6 story building.

  • david coffey

    Bondage Barrys review of the app on the google play store is nothing short of epic. Hilarious.

  • Deltaechoe

    Yeeeeeeeeeahhhhh...no

  • GraveUypo

    toss from an airplane inside a protective anti-shock package. win forever

    • Vardan Nazaretyan

      Then go and find it.

  • Varun Priolkar

    rip htc one

  • danifeb

    33 meters record? ok easy to trow a 30 $ android phone to the heaven no worrying for a perfect catch!

  • IncCo

    not even once

  • http://youtube.com/coolosertech ThaCooLoser

    Well I think I figured out a "safer" and easier way to throw your phone. If you have a waterproof phone, then you can go to pools, rivers, lakes even oceans to throw up as high as you want, and at least have the water break-it's-fall... From umm....you know...From really breaking... your phone from the fall?! 0.o better than concrete if you don't catch it... Anyone? Get it? No....No? Gosh nevermind...............

  • fallen apple

    Finally, an app to make stupid people destroy there phone...What this story doesn't mention is that real fun is that friends of the stupid person can bet on weather or not they will break there phone when they throw it.

  • solbin

    Actually, this could go hand in hand with cracked phone screens being a status symbol among high school youth!!!

    http://now.msn.com/cracked-phone-screens-now-supposedly-cool-among-younger-crowd

  • Shitiz Garg

    So...I tossed my phone up...and banged it with my MacBook....

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    "Share Result" button? This game has to upload your highscore on the fly, and really fast.

  • yahyoh

    shit its dangerously fun xD
    test it on the bed :D ,only got 1m

  • http://friskychatter.com/ _jsw_

    Get a small Android phone.
    Get a large model rocket.
    Place the small phone in a well-padded nose cone and remove the parachute.
    Launch.
    Profit.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

      You'd need a pretty stout Model Rocket. I don't know how you'd keep it level either.

  • RaptorOO7

    Well I guess iTurd can't handle the risk of falling from heaven, so much for the Jesus phone.

  • SickoPsycho

    Ironic- because the only way I would throw my phone is if I HAD an iPhone...

  • xConjo
  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    This app makes easier to destroy an iPhone and buy an Android phone instead. This app needs a medal!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

      Except that it's not available on the App Store.

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        Than why the hell is the girl throwing an iPhone and why are the results shown on an iPhone in the video, on app's Google Play page.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

          Probably because they made the app, but Apple refused to let it into the App Store. I suppose you might be able to load it if you're jailbroken, though.

          From the article:

          "Apple refused to allow this game in the App Store, but we lucky Android users get the chance to live dangerously."

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            Ok, haven't noticed that one sentence.

  • Michael Ta

    or you could tie your phone into a rope and swing it around. same effect ;) cheating tho :p