Tasker’s New Holo Redesign Graduates to the Play Store, Brings It to Android 4.0+

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Back in January we told you about an automation app that looked to redesign itself with the Holo look in mind. That app, Tasker, has graduated from its beta phase and is now available with the new theme in tow. The kicker however, is that it’s only available for devices running Ice Cream Sandwich or higher. Those of you running anything below that will see the same interface as before, but you’ll at least get various bug fixes. Here’s what’s new:

v4.0
* UI updated for holo look-and-feel with selectable light and dark themes
* 200 built-in icons each in holo light and dark
* internal cleanup of deprecated APIs
* several new states, events and actions
* many incremental improvements and bugfixes
v1.6
* various incremental improvements and bugfixes
More: http://tasker.dinglisch.net/changes.html

If you’re looking for a great automation app that automates almost everything, and one that looks great in the process, then you can’t do wrong with Tasker. Hit the break below to get your QR code and download link. We also included a gallery of the app’s nice, new look. Enjoy!

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Beta Build Of Tasker For Android Brings A New Design, But Still Makes Automation Just A Little Easier For Our Android Devices

by Roy Alugbue on
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It’s no secret that we like things to be simplified and automated if possible— and Tasker for Android allows for us Android folks to make things simplified and automated. The great thing is for those of you who have used the app before (and those of you who haven’t) is that the development team went ahead and came up with a new beta— which includes a brand-new design of the app to bring a more modern touch. In case you’re not familiar with the app— it allows for users to perform a task (set of actions) based on a context— like a time, date, location, application or even gesture— in profiles or widgets. Think of this as an example: For example, if you want your Bluetooth to turn on when you get into your car, users can set Tasker to activate Bluetooth when your phone realizes you left your home’s GPS coordinates. The overall goal of the app is to simply give users more control over their Android device without the need for root. Of course users will actually need to take some time and actually set up each task— but believe us, once the various tasks are set up— you’ll see how much better your overall Android experience can be.

The revised beta app is now available for all Ice Cream Sandwich+ devices, so head on down to the source link to grab it today.

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Tasker App Factory Beta Now Available, Setting Automated Tasks Just Became Much Easier

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Many of you are probably already familiar with the Tasker app and use it on a daily basis without having to even think about it. For those of you who don’t know what Tasker is, it’s an app that you can program to complete tasks based on parameters that you set before hand. For example, if you want your Bluetooth to turn on when you get into your car, you can set Tasker to activate Bluetooth when your phone realizes you left your home’s GPS coordinates. And this is only one example of the many cool features Tasker can accomplish.

Back to make things even more interesting, Tasker’s developer Crafty Apps has brought another app to the table that will further aid its users in creating tasks that can be activated by the Tasker app. The new app is called Tasker App Factory and aims to make the creation of setting tasks much easier to build and implement. Instead of requiring the technical skills it takes to build an in-depth Tasker function, Tasker App Factory will create a stand-alone app that will perform tasks based on how you set it up. The process is much more user friendly and creating an app only takes seconds and no programming knowledge is required. Once the app is created, it will do all the work for you and you don’t even need to open the original Tasker app to get things to work. Tasker App Factory takes care of everything for you.

Currently the new app is in beta form so if you want to check it out you can grab the download from the Play Store links below. I haven’t had time to check this out yet but I know how much fun Tasker can be on its own. This new app sounds like it could make task automation something anyone can accomplish, so if you’re new to Tasker you should check out Tasker App Factory and let us know what you think!

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Microsoft’s on{X} Will Automate Your Life… If You Are Running Android [Video]

by Ed Caggiani on
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Is it weird that Microsoft’s latest mobile app is an Android only affair, at least for now? Yeah, we thought so too, but we’re not complaining. Microsoft’s R&D Center in Israel just released on{x}, an app/web site combination that promises to “automate your life”.

Think of it as a new type of Tasker app that can trigger certain things to occur based on certain conditions being met. For example, you can set the app to automatically text a message your spouse when the app detects that you have left work. Or you can have it send you a reminder to take an umbrella with you in the morning if the weather calls for rain.

The way it works is by creating rules, or “recipes”, on the on{x} web site, and syncing them to your phone. That’s right… you cannot create or edit rules directly through the app on your phone. You have to do it all on the web site. It actually makes sense since the only way to write a recipe from scratch is to do it in JavaScript code right on the site.

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Let This Tasker Profile Help Plan Your Routes to Future Meetings

by Brian Rubin on
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By letting the address field in Android’s calendar be linked to Google Maps and Navigation, it’s easier than ever before to find your way to your meetings and appointments. However, what if your phone could give you an optimal route automatically to your upcoming meetings right before you’re about to leave? Well, now with an advanced Tasker script, you can.

User brandall over on the XDA-Developer forums has created a detailed tutorial that will automatically use Google Maps to calculate the best route to your next meeting as well as the time involved, and will give you the information five minutes before you have to leave. To do this, you’ll need Tasker, a Google Calendar account and the Minimalistic Text widget. The thread also has ZIP files that include the scripts as well, should you wish to import them. This looks like a very nifty tool if you use Tasker to automate functions on your phone and while I don’t see myself using it, I could see where this would be very handy indeed.

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Pattern Lock by location for the Samsung Galaxy S II

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Many people are awaiting the full scale Android assault that is the Samsung Galaxy S II launch in North America, and with that comes lots of new developments as well. XDA member terranim has done some research ( a lot of research) on the Pattern lock for the Samsung Galaxy S II, and found it differs from other Samsung models. The task is to build an app that allows your device to use the Pattern Lock based on your GPS location, so when you’re home, you won’t have to lock your phone as an example.

If you’d like to try this out when you get a Galaxy S II, head over to the thread and grab it, and as always, report any issues (if any) to help the dev improve the app for us all.

Thanks terranim!

[via xda-developers]