December 22, 2014

AndroidGuys App Review: Locale

Title: Locale
Developer: http://www.localeandroid.com
Available: Now, Android Market
Cost: FREE

Lasting Impression: We’ve always dreamed of the day where we didn’t have to worry about remembering to turn our ringer off at the movies and that day is upon us! Locale is the one of the greatest ideas we never thought of!

Nitty Gritty: Don’t let me over simplify, Locale is much more than a volume control for your phone. Locale gives you the freedom to think about work when on your way there without having to remember to update the wifi, change the ringer, or change the wallpaper from the picture of your buddy getting sick this weekend.

When you open Locale you have the option to set a new situation, manage situations, and configure defaults. I chose first to set my defaults. Here you set your ringtone volume, network preferences, ringtone, wallpaper, and twitter status. What I found out after closing Locale is that when it is running, your Locale preferences take precedent over your phone settings. That works for me because, that’s the point of this app.

After setting defaults you can name a new situation. You cans set Locale to change a setting base on battery strength, calendar, contact, location, and time. When you set location if pulls a map of your current location and gives a radius you can change to pinpoint when you want it to take place.

Once you have picked the conditions you pick settings. The settings are the same choices as the defaults you’ve picked. One example, I set my location for work and the time 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. I changed the settings to vibrate for volume, the wifi to turn off because the my work doesn’t have wifi, my wallpaper to change to a generic one from the device and my twitter to say I’m at work.

The other option in Locale is to manage your settings. Here you can delete any situations you don’t need anymore. Also, within each situation you can change any setting without having to totally delete and then start a new one.

One thing I noticed was that locale doesn’t update as quickly as I liked. I found myself going into locale to trigger it to take affect or change settings. One reason could be is I do not have 3G in my area. When using a place that has wifi, however, Locale works perfect. Another thing that isn’t necessarily bad is that when setting up preferences for your contacts like ringtone and wallpaper, it gives way too many situations. I’ll have to mess around with setting them in Locale or my contact list to see which works better.

Locale has helped make my G1 the best phone I’ve ever carried. Everyone should have this app!!!

Don’t Just Take Our Word for It

Our friends over at AndroidApps has done their review as well and have included a few minutes worth of video.  Take a look at their impressions of Locale.

Your Turn

What do you think of Locale?  Have you played with it yet?  Did our opinion help you form yours?



  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lukewallace Luke Wallace

    I thought this was a great app when I first played with it, but after trying it out in earnest for a day, I found that it didn’t seem to update very quickly. 3G is prevalent around here (Dallas-area), so I don’t think it’s that. Once I entered the locale app, it correctly figured out where I was, and what settings it should have, but I was hoping for something that would change on it’s own. I’ll probably try it again when a new version is released, but for now I’ll just use AnyCut to jump to the Wi-Fi settings and change them myself.

  • katre

    I love the idea of Locale, but it just doesn’t work for me. Maybe because I’m inside a building (in NYC, even), maybe some other reason, but it never seems to grab the right situation, and I can’t even manage to figure out why.

    Maybe when they release the next version I’ll try again.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_3650 Jamie

    For the record, my Nokia 3650 ran a program that did this in 2003. It was cool then, and I wish all phones did this by now. It didn’t use any fancy GPS, though, just cell tower IDs to “triagulate” a general area/location.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_3650

  • http://www.godmode.com PEZ

    If the GPS actually worked well, this might be nice. In fact, if the GPS worked well, all the location based apps would be decent. GPS is not very accurate by my tests, and jumps around regularly trying to decide where I am.

    Terrible.

  • http://www.varloodesign.com nate

    I think they started charging for it now, $10!