Making Your Smartphone Smarter 

Android is an enigmatic and incredible ecosystem, in which many, many things are possible. Unfortunately, many of these things are not immediately possible. This is where automation applications like Tasker come in.

Tasker helps our supposed smartphones to do more for themselves and us. Tasker is the tape that many of us use to connect apps and sensors to many crazy inventions. Like duct tape, it can’t fix everything, and it’s not the most straightforward stuff to work with, but almost every home has duct tape, and virtually every serious Android user should have Tasker in their pocket or wherever they keep their phone.

There are many automation applications, such as If This Then That, which couple input to output. “If I post a photo on Facebook,” you can say IFTTT, I want it to appear on Instagram. “The first action will instantly trigger the second.

IFTTT is handy and easy to navigate, but Tasker is much more powerful, with the ability to combine many other inputs and outputs into a much more complex action. You can use it to automatically text a message to your spouse, indicating that you are late when you are in the car and that you are traveling at less than 16 km/h for more than 10 minutes unless you let it know that your spouse is also in a car. You can even send an SMS with the expected arrival time or current geographic coordinates, synchronizing them with Satnav.

What Is Tasker?

Tasker is an intriguing little app at first glance. While Tasker does a lot, the simplest explanation is that Tasker is an automation app that takes advantage of Android’s openness and versatility to help you do more. Do you want to activate Bluetooth when you get in the car? Tasker can do it. Do you want to deactivate the lock screen at home? Tasker can do it too. Want to hack your assistant to read messages and caller ID while driving and dictating responses? Tasker can do it, and one of its plugins can do it even better. Tasker can replace (and does replace) many applications for many people if it looks at the actions and contexts that can make this happen and adapt.

Features

  • 6 profiles.
  • Widgets.
  • Schedule appointment.
  • Rich functionality.
  • Start and close the application.
  • An infinite number of actions.

How Long Has Tasker Been In Existence?

It was developed by an application called Apt, created to personalize the first Palm “personal digital assistants” and launched at the end of 2007. In 2009, a version of Android was launched.

Do I Have To Create Every Profile (Recipe For An Activity That I Want To Automate) From Scratch?

No, you can search for profiles created by others on the Tasker wiki (tasker.wikidot.com) and import the code into Tasker.

Interact With Other Applications?

You can connect it to apps that record audio, manage podcasts, monitor sleep, make weather forecasts, detect speed cameras, and read your gestures, among others.

Conclusion

If you see this app on Google Play, you probably might not pay attention to it. The screenshots are dull; the description is broken. But in fact, Tasker can change your Android device into a fully automatic device that performs many different actions without your intervention. For example, you can use Tasker to set your smartphone to go into airplane mode after 11 p.m., to cut all communications. Still, every half hour, it will connect to the Internet and download new messages, then disconnect again from the outside world.

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