Status Automatically Tells Your Friends What You’re Up To And If Your Phone Is Dead


Meet Status, an iOS/Android app Android, meanwhile, can do things
like integrate status updates into
the dialer — so if a friend with
Status tries to call when your
phone is about to die, that little
factoid will pop up right within the
phone app itself.

Oh! And while it’s not a very
heavily played-up feature, Status
also makes for a pretty decent
cross-platform alternative to Find
My Friends. Tapping on someone’s
status brings up a map, at which
point you can ping them for a
location update.
If you’re familiar with Agent, the
logic at play here might seem a bit
familiar. Agent uses your
smartphone’s data to do things like
extend battery life and remember
where you parked; Status uses that
data to help your social life.

And hey, wouldn’t you know it:
Status and Agent are actually built
by the very same people. While
Agent will be sticking around in
the Google Play store, it sounds
like Status is more of the focus

Status is sort of like the AIM away
messages of yesteryear — but
automatic. Or like an automated
version of Twitter, back when
Twitter was more about telling
people what you were up to than it
was about yelling at each other and
making jokes about popular things.

Status uses a big ol’ array of data
to figure out what you’re up to, and
automatically shares that
information with a finely-honed list
of friends.

At home, or work, or one of your
favorite regular haunts? Status will
pick that up by way of geofencing
(and the Wi-Fi network you’re
connected to) and automatically set
your status to “At [wherever].” If
you’re somewhere you haven’t
taught the app to recognize, it’ll
just say “Out and about.”
Driving? Status can be set to look
for your car’s Bluetooth connection.

Once it finds it (that is, once your
car is on), it figures you’re driving
and sets your status accordingly.
In a meeting? Give Status access to
your calendar, and it’ll
automatically give people a heads
up whenever they might be calling
during a scheduled event.
Battery about to die? Status knows.

This isn’t the sort of information
you want broadcasted to the world,
of course — that’s why Status
focuses on carefully curated friends
lists. It’s not a Twitter-style follow
model; you approve each and every
friend to make sure you’re only
sharing your status with the right
people. And even among friends,
you can go “incognito” whenever
you want.

While the app is cross-platform
across iOS/Android, each platform
has its own strengths. The iOS
build is a bit better at detecting
when you’re driving/biking/etc,
thanks to iOS 8’s core motion API.


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