Locale 5.0

September 15th, 2013 #Release Notes

Update: October 4, 2013: Locale 5.0 has now been rolled out to 100% of users.

Locale® 5.0 is now beginning a phased rollout on Google Play. This means that Locale 5.0 will be available to 5% of users today and will scale up to 100% of users over the next couple of weeks. Because Locale now supports over 4,000 different Android devices, phased rollouts help us ensure that Locale upgrades work great for everyone. Specific enhancements in Locale 5.0 include:

Sensor Fusion

Locale 5.0 brings new patent-pending sensor fusion technology, which combines data from cell towers, Wi-Fi, GPS, and sensors. Each individually has strengths and weaknesses, but by fusing these technologies together Locale 5.0 has the fastest, most accurate, and lowest power geofencing technology.

Sensor fusion optimizes power usage by helping Locale use the most appropriate location technology for your environment. For example, GPS is only available outdoors because GPS signals are blocked by buildings. Locale 5.0’s sensor fusion technology knows when to use and when to avoid GPS, optimizing battery life.

The sensor fusion engine adds new passive techniques for monitoring cell tower handoff, improving location detection speed.

Thanks to sensor fusion, Locale 5.0 now also understands your movements, such as sitting still versus walking, driving, or biking. Armed with this additional information, Locale’s instant location technology is able to make better predictions about future movements which improves performance and battery life.

Movement Condition

The new Movement condition detects device movement, such as driving and biking. One might use the Movement condition to detect driving and turn Bluetooth on for handsfree calling or use the Shortcut setting to automatically launch Google Maps.

Other minor improvements

  • Improved compatibility with various Android devices
  • Improved selection of Shortcuts in the Shortcut setting

Locale 4.2

June 16th, 2013 #Release Notes

Locale® 4.2 is now beginning a phased rollout on Google Play. Locale 4.2 brings all of the Locale 4.1 features to devices running Android 2.2 and later. Specific enhancements in Locale 4.2 include:

Vector-based Google Maps

Locale 4.2 uses vector-based maps which are faster and more responsive

Other minor improvements

  • Improved compatibility with the Galaxy S 4
  • Improved Wi-Fi calibration

Locale 4.1

April 27th, 2013 #Release Notes

Locale® 4.1 is now available on Google Play. Locale 4.1 brings enhancements for the latest versions Android and requires Android 4.1 or later. Specific enhancements in Locale 4.1 include:

Vector-based Google Maps

Locale 4.1 uses vector-based maps which are faster and more responsive

Other minor improvements

  • Improved location detection, with specific enhancements for LTE devices and Android 4.2 devices
  • Improved charger detection on certain devices
  • Improved handling of plug-in conditions after the plug-in’s APK is updated from Google Play

Locale 4.0.1

December 6th, 2012 #Release Notes

Locale 4.0.1 is a minor maintenance release offering improved compatibility with the following changes:

  • Improved situation reprioritization UI on Android 2.2 and 2.3
  • Improved vibrate management on Android 4.2
  • Workaround for an HTC bug affecting ringtone selection
  • Updated Swedish translations

Locale 4.0

November 29th, 2012 #Release Notes

Locale® 4.0 is now available exclusively on Google Play. With over 100 enhancements throughout the app, Locale 4.0 focuses on being more helpful and more efficient. Specific enhancements include:

Power-Zero Location

Locale 4.0 has amazing new patent-pending power management technologies:

First up is Power-Zero (P0). P0 passively monitors various sensors and radios to detect when the device isn’t moving, allowing Locale to sleep for extended periods of time without using any battery power at all. Next, Locale 4.0 is supercharged with an “oracle” that uses a priori knowledge of your Location conditions to manage different location sources, providing up to 10x better efficiency. Finally, every aspect of Locale has been tuned for the best performance on the latest Android devices, such as optimizations for barometers and more efficient use of 4G networks.

Location calibration

While Locale is incredibly accurate out of the box, thanks to our cloud-based location infrastructure, the new Calibration feature lets you pinpoint your position even more precisely.

Optimized for Android 4.1/4.2 Jellybean

Locale 4.0 has been optimized to take advantage of the latest features in Android 4.2 Jellybean. For example, Locale’s ongoing notification no longer appears at the top of the screen on Android 4.2 Jellybean, although it still appears in the pulldown area.

VIP Callers

Are you always missing important calls because your ringer was off? Locale can let VIP callers always ring though with the new “VIP calling” situation template that automatically configures itself for starred or frequently contacted people.

In addition, Locale 4.0 contains a workaround for firmware bugs in certain Samsung and HTC handsets that previously interfered with VIP caller situations. On these devices, the workaround requires that the VIP caller situation be the highest priority situation and contain only Caller conditions and a Volume setting.

Streamlined Intuitive UI

We’ve streamlined every corner of Locale 4.0 to be more efficient and more powerful than ever. Locale makes contextual suggestions to help you get the most out of the app. Rather than show too much information at once, Locale only shows information when it is most pertinent.

Multiple Conditions (OR Operator)

It is now possible to add multiple conditions of the same type in a situation. Multiple conditions of the same type are treated as OR (Location OR Location). Multiple conditions of different types are treated as AND (Location AND Time). This makes sense because while it is physically impossible to be in two places simultaneously, it is possible to be at a particular place at a particular time.

Enhanced backup and restore

Locale now automatically stores a situation backup on external storage that can be restored in one step. There are no buttons or options to mess with—it just works!

Countless other improvements

  • New Charger condition and simplified Battery condition
  • Improved app-wide performance
  • Searching for addresses is more accurate and now works on non-maps devices
  • UI improvements on Motorola devices
  • Improved Wi-Fi management
  • Improved location detection on tablets
  • Improved handling of multiple Shortcut settings
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