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  1. add complexity option (for developer) to conditions

    Let plug-in developer to tell locale how complex his plug-in is.
    Thanks to that locale can decide to not check more complex plug-in if the other less complex isn't active.
    E.g. when "Variables Plug-in" (which I think is the simplest plug-in) isn't active, don't check the bluetooth or wifi condition.

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      3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      This is an interesting idea that we’ve considered in the past but ultimately found that it won’t achieve the desired effect of improving battery life.

      Instead of ranking conditions based on battery usage, Locale ranks them based on schedule. This is far simpler and more efficient.

      Plug-ins shouldn’t be doing anything that consumes a lot of battery power anyway. Plug-ins are supposed to be detecting asynchronous state changes (or pre-scheduled state changes), rather than relying on polling. For example, connecting a Dock is an asynchronous event and a Calendar condition is a pre-scheduled change. Neither of these require polling, so neither of these should consume any battery power whatsoever. They happen once and they are done. So if plug-ins are implemented correctly, there’s no need to worry about battery usage.

    • Get/sync with "Tripit" flight details

      If locale can get the flight details from Tripit then switch off or set to plane mode when we are supposed to be flying.

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        As a frequent flier who is usually carrying 10 to 15 different Android devices in my bag, it would be very useful to have them all enable and disable airplane mode automatically when actually. But the reality is that there’s no good way to provide this functionality.

        Once airplane mode is enabled, Locale would have no Internet connectivity and therefore no way to detect changes to the flight schedule.

      • Internet Call Settings for native SIP in Android 4.0

        Support for the 'internet call settings' for android 4.0. I would like to use voip and receive incoming calls only when i'm connected with my wifi.
        Settings: Phone -> Settings -> Internet call settings -> Use Internet Calling / Accounts -> Receive incoming calls

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          2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Unfortunately, Android doesn’t allow third party apps like Locale to control this setting.

          Instead of having a global SIP settings manager, each SIP client manages its own settings. The built-in Phone app happens to be a SIP client, and this is a setting private to the Phone app.

        • Provide a condition that detects when you are moving or driving

          As of October 1, 2011 you have dramatically improved Locale with Instant Location. "Locale 2.0’s artificial intelligence analyzes current and historical location data to detect when you’re moving and predict where you’re going." It seems like the app already knows when the phone is moving, so adding a condition for such might be easy to add than it was before. With a "moving" or "driving" condition you could trigger a situation that applies settings for while in the car (like perhaps turning off the ringer so as not to be tempted to talk-n-drive, unless you have hands-free). In my case…

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            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            I agree this would be very cool. Unfortunately, modern phone hardware isn’t there yet.

            Locale 2.0 detects motion in the context of predicting location arrival with historical data. Having historical location data and a target location introduce additional constraints to the problem, making it easier to solve efficiently.

            To just detect motion (without the additional constraints of location) would still have a 10 minute delay. Based on our research, motion detection would need to be instant in order to really make users happy.

            We’re always evaluating new ways to solve this problem, but its just not currently possible.

          • add the ability to edit locations from a web browser

            When editing a bunch of locations it gets really tough to work on the phone's screen it's self, especially if your planning locations you will be at that are miles away. I would really love the ability to be able to edit my locations from an online portal or some other form of web-based application.

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              4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              While an interesting idea that might save some time during data entry, this isn’t feasible. For consistency’s sake, it doesn’t make sense to only allow locations to be created this way. A web-based user interface would need to be created for every condition and setting type. With plug-in conditions and settings that would be very difficult to manage. Locale is a mobile app, and I think we should keep it that way :).

              I believe the underlying issue here is that the Locale interface isn’t as efficient as you would like it to be? So if anyone has other ideas to improve the efficiency of the interface on the phone, please let us know.

              From within Locale, you can also search for locations by name/address, which is likely what one would do from within a web browser anyway. So how much more efficient would a web-based interface really be?

            • Latitude location reminder.

              Hi, it would be very usefull to have a plug-in monitoring "latitude location" of my friends. For example condition activated, when selected friend is nearby me...

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                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Unfortunately, the Latitude API doesn’t allow apps to retrieve the locations of Latitude friends. It merely allows retrieval of your own location (which Locale already has) and your Latitude location history.

              • return to previous setting instead of default

                How about an option to save current state before running locae event, then returning to whatever that previous state was?

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                  8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  This was considered very early in the design of Locale, although was rejected because of the unnecessary complexity it entails.

                  A setting in Locale is a simple action that can be anything. Like sending an SMS message, posting a Tweet, or changing the ringer volume. Reverting to previous settings is not always possible. Consider the SMS setting: how do you unsend an SMS message?

                  If only certain settings “revert,” that makes it impossible for users to develop a mental model of a setting, because all settings no longer follow a single, consistent model. With Defaults, Locale always behaves in a predictable fashion.

                • Proximity Condition (coupled with a screen disabler, maybe?)

                  Is it possible to develop a condition contingent on the proximity sensor used to blank the screen during a call (moto droid)? This would be extremely helpful when coupled with a screen blacker setting (already exist?) while trying to get the phone out of your pocket without picking up before you can screen the call. Also, it would prevent the phone from going into car/dock mode when it's put into a belt case with a magnetic closure flap. Thanks! (Locale is the number one app I brag about on my Droid!)

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                    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    I understand how accidentally answering the phone when pulling it out of your pocket can be annoying!

                    Android uses a “slide to answer” screen when the phone is ringing, and this gesture should make it difficult to accidentally answer the phone.

                  • switch contact display group list

                    How about an option to switch what display group is active in contact? I am forever switching between work and personal list

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                      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      While an interesting idea, this isn’t possible because the actively displayed contact list is a private setting of the Contacts app. Third party apps like Locale cannot modify settings within the contacts app for security reasons.

                    • Setting that allows autoplay to be disabled

                      This is a growing problem with cars that have built-in media centers such as Ford Sync and Subaru Media Hub. This also happens with bluetooth headphones. When the droid is connected using the headphone jack it works perfect. When the droid is connected using bluetooth, autoplay finds a random mp3 on your card and starts playing it automatically using the default music player. Even if it is not open. It also turns shuffle on. Beyond annoying.

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                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        This sounds like an annoying problem. Unfortunately, apps such as Locale aren’t allowed to change the configuration of other apps. There is no Android or other setting that Locale could change which could be changed to prevent auto-play.

                      • Overclock The CPU Setting

                        I would like a setting to overclock/underclock the cpu (for root users) based on profile....
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                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          The best way to go about this would be to contact the developer of a pre-existing overclocking app, and ask that developer to create a plug-in for Locale.

                          In general, we don’t implement anything that requires a rooted phone.

                        • GPS Settings Change Option

                          I'd like to request a GPS on or off depending on condition option. I have a car charger, and would like to say "turn GPS on when plugged in" so it's activated when I'm in the car. Would be easy to schedule overnight as an exception using start and end time conditions. I have Android v2.2 (Froyo). Thanks for the consideration...

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                            8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            It is not possible for apps like Locale change GPS settings on Android, due to Android security restrictions.

                            In general, turning GPS on/off has no real benefit. When GPS is enabled in the Android settings, the GPS receiver is not actually turned on. Instead, the enabling GPS is merely a permission to allow apps to use GPS. GPS is only actually on and using battery power when the blinking GPS icon appears in the status bar at the top of the screen.

                            This setting would only save battery power if there is an app misbehaving and using GPS when it shouldn’t be.

                          • State which plugins will crash the HTC Desire!

                            Installing certain plug-ins for Locale will crash the HTC Desire for some reason.

                            Despite that, the web page for ordering the product blissfully accepts payment without warning that this IS A KNOWN BUG in the HTC Desire version of Android.

                            Please warn users that installing plugins may crash their phones, of make some test in the installation or in the program, if the conditions are met.

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                              1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              This issue is document at http://www.twofortyfouram.com/support.html

                              We cannot, however, document all plug-ins that will expose this HTC bug, especially with over 75 third party plug-ins available.

                              By this logic, HTC should include a warning with their handsets that says “Don’t install any third party apps, because our handsets have a bug that will crash when third party apps are installed.”

                            • Use GPS Primarily for Location if On

                              For my use, I have GPS switched on all the time. When the GPS is on an when it has sufficient signal to determine the location more accurately than WiFi and/or Network, default to the location provided by GPS.

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                                1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Different ways to display configured situations/conditions/settings

                                I would like a way to visualise what conditions and/or settings are set across the different situations. I was thinking of an extra screen where all installed plugins are shown (maybe split up between conditions and settings) and when selecting a plugin, a screen shows its different values across the configured sitiuations.

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                                • Test Locale configuration

                                  It would be great to be able to simulate triggers to see how Locale works. Some complicated setups may be difficult to setup that are based on time, location etc. However, the simulation screen would allow users to simulate triggers. Condition's settings do not need to be activated, they can simply be simulated as well.

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                                    I’m not sure if I completely understand this request, however here’s my thoughts based on my guess as to what this request is for:

                                    If each condition could be forced into being satisfied/unsatisfied in some sort of testing mode, how does that help? Testing such binary changes could just as easily be simulated using the Battery condition for detecting plugged-in versus unplugged.

                                    If you’re asking for a way to fully simulate inputs to various conditions, (e.g. simulate moving to a different location, simulate a phone call coming in), such test inputs are available to developers as part of the Android development tools.

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                                    • Allow the option to make conditions not expire immediately

                                      Here is the situation I see. I am using WiFi as a condition for a particular situation. If the signal is lost then reacquired, the condition changes, then re-enables. This causes the settings to change back to defaults then a few seconds later they are reapplied. I'd like to be able to say, for that particular condition, that if it changes for X seconds, or remains changed for X checks of its status then it will trigger a change in the status. Sort of a delay in the change to allow for a particular condition to come back into compliance.…

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                                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        It sounds like you are using a third party Wi-Fi condition plug-in, which means this is a problem with the Wi-Fi condition plug-in you are using rather than an issue with Locale. Preventing “blips” like this is the responsibility of the individual condition, as each condition type may experience blips in different ways. This feature request therefore cannot be implemented as a feature in Locale, as Locale doesn’t know anything about the implementation details of a given plug-in condition.

                                        Additionally, this should not be a user-configurable option, as each condition should abstract the thresholds and blip detection internally. Users shouldn’t be required to fiddle with intervals, and retries, and other parameters. To the user, it should “just work.”

                                        For example, the Location condition is highly optimized for performance and battery life, while also handling blips in available location data using advanced algorithms and intelligent retries. In addition, the accuracy of…

                                      • user-initiated (private key) encrypted backups for both SD and ABS assuring data privacy for user

                                        user-initiated (private key) encrypted backups for both SD and Android Backup Service assuring data is accessible only by the user with the correct key.

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                                          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Locale supports automatic backup and restore to Google’s backup service, as well as manual backups as described here http://feedback.twofortyfouram.com/forums/5655-locale-feedback/suggestions/74784-backup-settings

                                          To encrypt Locale’s backup, I would recommend creating a manual backup and then encrypting the file manually using the encryption tool of choice.

                                          We won’t add encryption directly to Locale because it just doesn’t make sense to add that complexity into the app.

                                        • Allow specifying SSID as a result of location

                                          Sometimes I'm in a location with multiple open and known SSIDs but I want to use another hidden SSID. I should be able to add a location condition for that area to try and connect to that hidden SSID.

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