This morning has already brought us Motorola’s latest smartphone, the stupid-cheap Moto E, as well as a new LTE edition of the already crazy-affordable Moto G. Sure, we didn’t see any Moto 360 action, but considering what else we got it hardly seems worthwhile complaining. Hardware: covered. But as it turns out that’s only one component of Motorola’s news for us today, and we’re also learning about some new software Motorola’s got for its users, as it releases Motorola Alert.
Alert is a location-based notification app, and has a couple different modes of operation. One lets the user set up zones – say, work, school, or home – and configure the app to automatically send out a notification to other devices when entering or leaving that zone. So, for instance, a parent could configure the app on a child’s phone to automatically send updates when they reach and leave school each day. The users receiving those notifications need not have Motorola Alert installed on their own phones.
The other mode provides designated contacts with an ongoing series of notifications, designed to keep them informed of your movements. Again, this sounds perfect for families, maybe if they split up while out shopping or at an attraction, to let some members keep track of and eventually meet back up with the others.
Motorola Alert debuts with the new Moto E, but should be coming to other Motorola phones, including the Moto X and Moto G, in the near future.