Smarter Notifications with Locale for Android

March 18, 2011 ⋅ hci ⋅ No Comments

In my previous post, I lamented the fact that mobile notifications can be totally annoying if they come at the wrong time. This was triggered by being woken up several times in the past few weeks by a flurry of Beluga messages.

Thankfully, one of my coworkers told me about Locale, a cool little Android app that lets you perform actions (like changing settings) based on simple rules:

Locale manages settings based on conditions, like Location and Time. With Locale, never worry about your ringer going off accidentally again! You can set it and forget it!

Locale’s advanced artificial intelligence algorithms automatically combine cell, Wi-Fi, and GPS signals to accurately determine location without draining the battery.

I set up a rule to silence notifications between 11pm and 10am if my phone is plugged in. So far it seems to be doing the trick.

I’ve also heard good things about Tasker, which has more built-in features, but seems to be aimed more towards power users.