Back on track: Tasker once again available on the Play Store after Google takes it down

Back on track: Tasker once again available on the Play Store after Google takes it down
Just yesterday, observant Android enthusiasts noticed that arguably the most powerful automation tool available for the platform, Tasker, was sadly MIA from the Play Store. 

It was taken down by Google due to violation of Android 6.0 Marshmallow's Doze battery-saving optimizations.

As a reminder, Google is not keen on handset manufacturers or third-party developers meddling with its Doze:


It seems that the beta version of the automation app, which was not published to the Play Store, sported a controversial permission in its manifest — android.permission.REQUEST_IGNORE_BATTERY_ OPTIMIZATIONS — which obviously bypasses Doze's nifty power-saving abilities. This led to the takedown of the flagship app, which did not come with said permission.

Now, Pent, the developer behind Tasker, is not exactly sure how the controversial permission got detected by Google. There are a couple of plausible scenarios, but it's mostly irrelevant now, as the app is back on Google Play. Yes, it seems that the controversial permission has been removed from the beta version, and the otherwise rather useful app is once again available for just anyone to download and use. 

Be warned, though: the app is indeed one of the most powerful ones available for Android, but comes with a steep learning curve and might be a bit overwhelming for people who are not familiar with it.

Download: Tasker (Android


source: Android Police via Reddit

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5 Comments

1. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

Odd that's not how it is according to Pent... You DID check your facts first right PA? Pent 07:11 (2 hours ago) Should be back everywhere now. Google has said it was a mistake, no apology of course. I will resist having a rant about it. Pent -- Pent 07:15 (2 hours ago) Ah, there was an apology in a follow-up email. Pent Amateurs PA, amateurs

2. TyrionLannister unregistered

Want to get rid of lollipop's standby drain: install tasker Make a profile to repeat every hour. Add a task which enables auto-sync, waits 2 minutes and disables auto-sync. This means your sync will happen every hour for a small time instead of all the time. This saves a lot of power and leads to much lesser wakelocks.

3. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Do you need root for that. I installed tasker once but could not do much because my phone is not rooted.

4. TyrionLannister unregistered

No, you don't need root for that.

5. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Tasker....one of the best apps on mobile. I stopped using it when Moto did their own in house task app but this is still one of the best.

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