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

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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

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posted on 05 Jun 2012, 17:36 14

1. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

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

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 17:39 21

3. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

I never thought that they are evil, unlike Apple.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 18:49 3

6. SleepingOz (unregistered)

It's just business, guys.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 20:48 5

9. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 17:38 3

2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 17:57 2

4. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

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

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 18:08 3

5. Fluxman (Posts: 51; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

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

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 18:51

7. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1639; Member since: 14 Feb 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).

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 18:57

8. Andman314 (Posts: 61; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)

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

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 22:11

10. fanesxx (Posts: 74; Member since: 19 May 2011)

that music annoying

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 06:39

11. djripster (Posts: 138; Member since: 10 Dec 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 ?

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 10:37

12. saiki4116 (Posts: 405; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)

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

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 11:22 1

13. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

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

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