Android Tips & Tricks

Automatically send text when near a predefined location on Android

Report your location while driving by sending automatic text-messages (SMS).
This application lets other people know (i.e. family, friends, customers, relatives, etc) your location when you are driving nearby a pre-defined point

I love the idea of this app, if all of my friends had Android devices I would be convincing them to install this one. I have my office on the top floor of my house so when people come over and ring the doorbell I can barely hear it and they normally have to call me while standing outside my front door to grab my attention. With this app you can be on your way to your friend’s house and automatically notify them that you are almost there. This is extremely convenient since you should, for your safety and the safety of others, not be texting or making calls behind the wheel. With the Android app, Imcoming, you can automatically send a text message whenever you are within a predefined radius of your friend’s place.

Imcoming lets you set multiple locations, each with its own proximity radius (at least 1 mile away), which makes the application send a predefined SMS alert to a selected group of people from your contacts list when you have entered the radius.

In order to add a location you must manually select one via Imcoming’s Google Map integration.

Locations may be removed by pressing menu on your device and tapping any of the three options that appear as per requirement.

To remove locations one by one, tap the Delete option to select from a list of all saved location labeled by their affiliated SMS alerts.

The icon that appears at the site of an added location can be tapped to customize the message body of the automatically generated SMS alert. By default, the application adds a greeting along with the address.

After adding at least one location, you may tap the green play button on the right to start the service. Tapping the play button will take you to a list of all contacts stored on your device. Any contacts you select from this list will receive auto-texts for all added locations.

Once that is done, the application continues to run as a background service and provided that GPS remains enabled,  it keeps sending texts to selected contacts whenever the device comes within the specified ranges of the saved locations, displaying an “SMS sent” notification in your status bar each time.

Imcoming is available at the Android Marketplace for free!

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