09
May
saga

Checking in, Instagramming, Tweeting, and updating statuses are something most of us do on a regular basis. It's a way for us to share with our friends and family what's going on in our lives; where we're at physically, mentally, and/or emotionally; and an overall fun way to interact and kill time. We, as people, are more socially connected than we've ever been thanks to modern technology.

But there's a missed mark here. An introspective journey. Everyone else knows where we've been, what we're doing, even what we had for lunch. But do we remember, or is sharing just second nature? Oftentimes, we end up searching through our own social networking feeds to find a particular event or seemingly insignificant moment – everything from "remember that place we ate on vacation? What was it called again?" to "where were we going when that happened?!" can be found in our timelines. But those are made for interaction, for sharing. For others.

Enter Saga, the "automatic lifelogging" app that is all about you and your journey. Think of it as a timeline made by you, for you. A way to retrospectively look back on the things you've done over the last week, month, year, or longer. And it's surprisingly easy to use.

Once the app is installed, just fire it up to get everything set up. From there, Saga will begin automatically creating your lifelogging experience, reminding you to update when you arrive at a new place. You can add images and notes, as well as share your location with other apps (including social networks). Over time, the app "learns" your habits, and provides you with information based on your patterns. It's pretty neat.

Of course, it also integrates with apps like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Runkeeper, and many more, so you can share content directly with Saga if you wish.

Essentially, the app is exactly what it's title suggests: a way to log your life. But this time, it's for you and no one else (unless you choose to share it, of course). Hit the widget below to give it a shot.

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Dave

    Can't get in Ireland. Boo. :(

    • jaffab

      Another Vote for getting this in other countries. Another UK user here, and cant install it :-(

  • abhisahara

    Can AP please mirror the apk ? Not available in India :(

  • Jiří Dušek

    Neither available in Italy...

  • KhaaL

    Out of curiousity, is the data generated by this app stored in a open standard or is exportable? Or will I need to use the app in order to look through my logs?

    • shonangreg

      This would seem to be one of the top two questions facing anyone thinking of dumping his or life story into an app. The other being security. Imagine you're 70 years old, and you want to reminisce. Saga says, you'll need to pay $200 per year from now on for that feature. Of course, you are free to leave the service at any time, but your data is now effectively theirs.

    • Nathan J

      In addition to export, how about web syncing, i.e. with Dropbox or something similar? I'm a flashaholic -- at least once a week I'm flashing a different ROM. (Currently bouncing between Jellybam and PAC-Man; presently on the former.) Something like this would need to keep its information straight. If it automatically saved to Dropbox, or better yet Google Drive (see My Writing Spot for a good idea how this can be implemented), it wouldn't matter what ROM or device I use it on. Seamless transition from phone to tablet to web would be great.

  • Paul Faraday

    According to the FAQ page the app can be used in the UK. Not sure why we can't download it from Play then.

    • http://www.jeroenheijster.com/ Jeroen Heijster

      Where in the world can I use Saga?

      Saga is available in the United States and Canada. We'll be rolling out new markets on a weekly basis, so check back soon for more updates!

      Source: http://www.getsaga.com/faq/#q_where

      Seems like they changed it :/

      • Ian G. Clifton

        Sorry, it's only available in the US and Canada for now. We plan on rolling out updates for other countries soon, but we're working to make sure the experience is good in each country first.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Oh, you were behind this one too, Ian? You're everywhere!

          • Ian G. Clifton

            Yup, keeping myself busy... and ages behind on emails.

  • BeachBumDeac

    Well, that trucker in the video won't be let into any casinos in Vegas anymore

  • Stephen Fronda

    I set it up - It looks pretty nice :-) Will let you know in a week

  • Andrew Townsend

    Not available in Aus? We're an english speaking heavily americanized country, we're good to go in terms of testing. Interested in this, but also if it has data liberation options too..

    • disk Latvia

      I don't really think we're missing out on much

  • didibus

    So I assume this app does it's logging locally only?

  • doodledo2013

    While Saga focusses on location recording (and tapping into your social networks), the AIRS (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.airs) and Storica (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.storica) apps in the Playstore go much further. Recording up to 65 pieces of information (including heartrate through the Zephyr HxM sensor), they allow for comprehensively logging your life, where you were , what you have done, what went on around you - including self-annotations about your day and mood.

    AIRS records while Storica plays the data back in a multimedia-rich way, using a storytelling approach. Storica also uses Google Map v2 for rich fly-over maps of your experiences (with the ability to dive into individual locations and see what happened around).

    It's so cool. I've been using both for more than a year with AIRS allowing for recordings over an entire day (battery life is optimised, although some penalty is paid, e.g., 2% battery life per hour when staying at well-known places, going up to about 3.5 to 4% when moving about).

  • beach_bum_deac

    I've spent a lot of my life in rest stops and with truckers (often with them in me)

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