We’re busy people, and can’t be expected to spend every second poring over all the email, news and other info we’re bombarded with every day. ReQuall Rover gives you personalised, location-based information on your phone for everything you need to know.
ReQall Rover uses location, time of day, and other contextual information to provide you with quick summaries of information you need to know, when you need to know it. It doesn’t require you to search for the information you need; rather, as soon as you open the app, it’ll immediately have local traffic information, weather, nearby restaurants, and more ready for you to tap and go. It can even give them to you in voice form, so you get an audible summary if important info while you drive or get ready in the morning.
If you connect it to your email and social networks, it can process even more info, like news you’ll like, information about your specific commute, or even pick out important points from your email and Facebook feeds, summarising all the important stuff when you don’t have time to read it. If you have a meeting coming up with a bigwig from another company, it’ll see it on your calendar and provide all sorts of information about that person from sources like LinkedIn. (Don’t worry, it’s not psychic; we checked. It still can’t tell us how many fingers we’re holding up).
The only thing we’d like to see in the app is a bit more customisation. Right now, there’s no way to really tell reQall Rover what you do and don’t want on your home screen, so sometimes it can seem a bit cluttered, which, as it’s designed to de-clutter all that incoming info, would be ironic if it weren’t annoying. For example, I really don’t want to see the local trending Twitter topics, or local “deals” that aren’t based on my interests, but there’s no way to delete them from my home screen or voice summaries. Still, it’s overall a very cool app, and unlike a lot of other stuff that’s out there. It’s also still in beta, so we have faith that the developers will continue to tweak it based on user feedback.
Right now the beta is closed, but we’ve got invite codes for 2000 lucky Lifehacker readers. So head to the Android Market to download the app, then type in the code lifehacker when prompted to gain access.
ReQall Rover is a free download for all Android devices.