Make your smartphone smarter with these Android automation apps
0. phoneArena 04 Apr 2013, 09:13 posted on
Today's smartphones are already pretty smart, but there's a way of making them even smarter. All you need is the right app - an app to make your handset perform specific commands at a given time. Things like turning off your Wi-Fi and 3G after midnight, switching to silent mode when you're connected to your office Wi-Fi, launching your favorite music player when you plug in your headphones, or bringing you another can of root beer from the fridge on demand. Okay, an app won't really make that last action possible, but the other three, as well as many others, can be set with the Android automation apps we have listed...
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1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 3692; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Sounds cool to me, I will download it later.
3. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1260; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
how on earth could you always be the first one to post a comment ?
7. xperiaDROID (Posts: 3692; 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: 724; 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: 586; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
He uses Tasker to auto comment the moment a new article comes online. :)
17. qxavierus (Posts: 19; 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: 817; 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: 724; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
im using the tasker!awesome app.. ill download and try others later :)
11. AJmeBOY (Posts: 16; 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: 817; 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: 53; 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: 19; 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!