We’ve mentioned Locale for Android a few times before, so we thought we should talk in some more detail about the application, the power it offers, and why, here atwhere we like integration, it’s caught our attention.
Locale is designed to take actions based on your location (and many other triggers); a typical example is that of selecting a Silent profile when you arrive at a certain location, but Locale offers a lot more than that…
Firstly, you need to ensure the software is setup to take best advantage of the Google location positioning information available in the first place; if you want to preserve battery life and not use GPS, then Locale will use Wi-Fi hotspots and cell tower information to locate you.
Now, you need to setup some triggers (called Situations); we’re going to create a location based trigger, but as you can see, other useful triggers are available to allow a level of automation activities to happen automatically on the phone.
Once the Situation has been created, you then have the ability to define more settings that control whether or not the situation will apply.
So, we now have a location configured, which will only be actioned at certain times of the day (and only on certain days; very useful!), now let’s configure an action, in this case, send a tweet to Twitter…
So, now whenever the device enters that location during those time periods, a tweet will get sent to Twitter too; and that shows the power of Locale; it’s not just limited to local actions. Best of all, each situation can easily be controlled and turned on and off; also, one last nice little feature; you can also configure what to happen on leaving the Situation too..
Over the years, there have been attempts to build similar solutions for Symbian S60; miniGPS springs to mind (from Psiloc), which used cell tower information to allow actions, but the actions were limited to profile and theme changes, and that’sbeen part of the problem; these apps are often limited to the desires of the author; whereas Locale has a plugin architecture allowing other developers the ability to create actions that the original developers didn’t think of!
To install the software, search for Locale in the Android Marketplace, or head off to their website here.
Thanks to Andy atfor the screenshots.