Get Custom Control of Your Android Device with Locale

 

Frankly, one of the most annoying sounds is that of someone’s ringtone. I realize everyone has their taste (mine is currently set to the theme song from Shaun the Sheep), but the rest of the world shouldn’t be subjected to your “funky beats” or “death metal chaos”. The problem is, in public, some people are just too lazy forgetful, so they neglect to turn down their ringers.

As lawyers, many of us know of the consequences for the errant ringtone. Personally, I’ve seen 3 people held in contempt by judges and fined a sum of $10 for their mistake.

Well, there are several Android apps available in the Android Market to help curb this problem. The two most prominent apps are Tasker ($6.49) and Locale ($3.99).

The idea is that you will use the app to control your device – manage your ringtones, WiFi, brightness, etc. In the end, you “eliminate” the possibility that your device will go off in court or anywhere you don’t want it to.

Fortunately, these apps work rather well, with my favorite being Locale. I’ve used Locale off-and-on for about 2 years now, and with my apologies, this app should have made my 2011 top apps list (I think I was mad at my rooted Android phone, which also made my Locale not function properly).

Locale is fairly simple to use. The app is based on the general concept of “settings” and “conditions.” Settings are parts of the phone you want to control (e.g. WiFi, ringtone, Volume), while conditions are the triggers you want to create (e.g. place/location, time, calendar).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you have your “situations” created, then the phone will act accordingly. I have several situations created, including one for the various courthouses I’m in, my office, and my home.

The app also has a “Default” situation that you can set up for any times you haven’t created a situation. You can even move and arrange your situations to place the priority ones at the top.

I have the Locale Dock Plug-in ($0.99) and the Locale Calendar Plug-in ($0.99) installed, which enable me to set conditions based on whether my phone is docked in a car dock or based on appointments in my Google Calendar. A quick search of the Android Market will reveal even more plug-ins for your use.

I encourage you to try out Tasker or Locale, and let me know what you think.

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