Locale knowledge

Published August 22, 2009

I was recently introduced to the Android App Locale and it is really rather good. I thought I would share, although if you are a Google Android user, you have likely found this already.

Locale screenshot

It is basically a fancy way of storing some ‘if statements’ in your phone to make certain things happen. I have only set up one, but will share with you as an example:

I get a lot of notifications on my phone for emails, and as quite a lot of the services I use are in the US (LibriVox, for example) these can come in at odd times of the day and night. Rather than be woken up every half hour, I thought about switching the notifications off. But that’s annoying. I thought about putting the phone to silent, but that is also not ideal.

Step in Locale.

If it is between 11pm and 7am, turn off notification sounds.

Job done.

There are a plethora of conditions you can choose from, and many things you can make happen. I have yet to explore the full potential of the App but it is definitely one of those simple things you didn’t know you needed until you had it.

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