Make your smartphone smarter with these Android automation apps
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Automation apps for Android
Tasker is considered the most popular automation app for Android, but it isn't necessarily the easiest to use and set up. It also comes at a price and there's no free version of it available. But since it is praised for being one of the most versatile of its kind with its more than 200+ actions and triggers, to power users that will be money well spent. Note that while Tasker does not require root access, some actions won't work unless you have root privileges.
AutomateIt is another very capable app that can make any Android phone even smarter. Again, it allows one to set events and assign actions to be performed when triggered. It can even prevent butt dials! Again, some actions require root access in order to work. While the full version of the app comes at a cost, there's a free version available for anyone to try.
3. Smart Places
This app is focused on making an Android smartphone aware of its location. When it's near a particular cellular tower or at a specific location determined by GPS, a number of actions can be performed automatically. For those who aren't willing to pay the price, a Lite version of Smart Places is also available at the Play Store.
As the name suggests, this is an app that's made to switch off your smartphone's radios at night or at a given time. Then in the morning, or after the period expires, your settings will be brought back to normal. Feel free to try the app's free version before buying the full one.
It may not be the best Android automation app. It isn't the prettiest either, but it is free of charge so everyone can give it a try.
1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4644; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Sounds cool to me, I will download it later.
3. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1304; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
how on earth could you always be the first one to post a comment ?
7. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4644; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Because I always keep myself logged in to PhoneArena, but not every time, sometimes I need to study and do something else. But I guess I was lucky. lol
8. amats69 (Posts: 788; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
hahaha.no doubt xperiaDROID is PA's number 1 fan! well i think hes just a tech lover too!
12. Stuntman (Posts: 643; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
He uses Tasker to auto comment the moment a new article comes online. :)
17. qxavierus (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
These apps are nice and all, but are overly complicated and heavy. I
prefer the small apps designed to do certain automated tasks, and
nothing more. For example, I use the following Android apps:
Smart Ring Control - to automatically set the ringer volume to max,
when the phone is in my pocket, so I can hear the phone when I'm out.
Plugin Launcher - to automatically start my music player when I
connect my headphones. It also adjusts the media volume to a
Last Call Forward - to automatically forward all my calls to my other
phone when my smartphone battery is dead.
15. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 818; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Not quite. Location doesn't work very well, since it uses a distinct address, rather than a range like you see in pic #2. I much perfer tasker over SmartActions.
9. amats69 (Posts: 788; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
im using the tasker!awesome app.. ill download and try others later :)
11. AJmeBOY (Posts: 21; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)
Doesn't Motorola/Google already have this native in its Smart Actions? My RAZR MAXX has it.
Though I do like the Automateit screenshot that suggests user generated ones outside of Smart Actions can be created.
16. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 818; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Yes, but these apps are much better and more powerful compared to SmartActions. But yes, they are the same basic concept.
18. ronjr123 (Posts: 59; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
I have tried both tasker and moto's smart actions. Both would do what I wanted, but not necessarily when I wanted. I went with nfc tags and could not be happier. I have one in the office, company car, personal car, at the house entrance, bedroom and on the key chain.
19. qxavierus (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
Can you share with us how the nfc tag works on the house entrance. Do you have to take out your phone and touch the nfc tag, or it's activated simply by you passing by the entrance? I can understand nfc tags in the car - you put them on the back of the dock, I can even understand sticking a nfc tag on your desk and always placing your phone above it, but how does it work with the entrance?
Thanks in advance!