Microsoft brings powerful mobile automation platform to...Android???

Microsoft brings powerful mobile automation platform to...Android???
Ready for some serious cognitive dissonance? Good. For those Android users out there who have cast an envious eye at Motorola’s Smart Actions, there is now a more powerful free automation service named on{x} (pronounced “onyx”, like the rock). Using a website and a free app, you can either use their ready-supplied automation “recipes” or if you’re handy with javascript you can roll your own to create some truly powerful automation tasks for your phone.

And who is releasing this innovative Android-only service? Why it’s the little green robot's public enemy number two: Microsoft! Developed by a Microsoft team in Israel, on{x} is being released to the Play Store today. The scripting of actiona is being totally opened up to developers, creating an entire platform for easy-to-use mobile automation. Why Android? Apparently it’s because Android combines enough openness with enough user base to make it the winning guinea pig for Microsoft's new automation toy.

In other words, you can expect that on{x} will show up on Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 alter this year, after shaking out any bugs with the initial Android trial. Still, Android users probably shouldn’t feel bad about being test subjects here, it’s a genuinely exciting platform. Using on{x} you can easily arrange for your phone to remind you to take an umbrella with you on rainy days, play your favorite music in the car (or when you’re out jogging), or send a text message to a spouse to let them know when you leave work.

These examples are possible just with the recipes on the on{x} website. Once the resourceful development community digs their hands into it we’ll probably be treated to some truly staggering scripts. For more information check out the video below, or hit up source link if you want to get started with on{x}.

source: on{x} via The Verge



13. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I am so mind f*ed now............

12. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

"automate your life".are we robots or what?....

11. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

I am a little surprised there is no Windows Phone version... I understand reaching out to a wider audience by offering multi platform support, but its strange they don't support their own platform yet... Wonder if this is because it will be a native feature on Windows Phone 8 ?

10. fanesxx

Posts: 74; Member since: May 19, 2011

that music annoying

8. Andman314

Posts: 61; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

I just installed the app on my phone and it seem like it runs really good.

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2577; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I wonder if instead of it asking (like it does normally on other applications) "Would you like to rate this app?" it will ask "If you like what you see, would you like to buy a Windows Phone?" Joking aside, I think this app is great for people that live according to their schedule (I'm never on schedule).

5. Fluxman

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Log in with Facebook? Really? No thanks...

4. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Sounds really good, but can you create and tweak rules from the phone also?

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Engine which supports scripting, for some people it may be really useful.

1. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

maybe Microsoft isn't as evil as I thought they were...

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I never thought that they are evil, unlike Apple.

6. SleepingOz unregistered

It's just business, guys.

9. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

That is because google says,don't be evil.

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