The Latest version of AutomateIt 4.0.101 is update on July 3, 2014. AutomateIt is designed to make your life easier by automating various tasks on your Android smartphone or tablet. Setting the app up is real easy to do and all you have to do is download it from the Play Store. Getting up and running with the app is really quite easy. The UI here is akin to that of other ICS apps and features swiping from pane-to-pane, making it easy to set actions up. The whole UI is really quite intuitive and makes setting more advanced features a breeze. The app will ask you for root privileges if you’re rooted, this is for stuff like GPS and killing of apps. It’s super easy to get started and add in your own rules. Triggers are used to create Rules within the app. It’s through this method that AutomateIt knows what to do, why and when. There are also an incredible amount of settings and variables to change how the app behaves. This really is automation on your terms, there’s little that this gem of an app can’t do and once you get used to it, you can have your phone doing pretty much everything. Let’s go ahead and set up a new rule for an example. I’m a little strange in that I try not to use WiFi outside of my home, for one they need me to sign in and they’re never really that fast, also, my 3G is perfectly fast enough on the go. So, let’s set up an event that will make my phone turn WiFi back on when I get home shall we? To do that, we need to set up a trigger for the rule so, in the Trigger pane we select Location Trigger from the list and select home: Next, we need to go ahead and set up the action, which is going to be WiFi State, which we can turn on or turn off. This is obviously the main event but, realistically, there is more to do with the triggers. Which is where the app really comes into its own.
This is just one example of what the app can do and the great thing about it is that the whole thing is as good as you can make it do as much as you want it to do. For instance, another example I have running is to down my brightness down to 25% when it turns 22:00, I could just use automatic brightness but I have never found a phone that does it how I like, this enables automation but at my control. Which is great as I know that a lot of people out there are very particular about how you handle your phones. There’s also the added benefit of having a rules market in which you can download rules that consist of predefined triggers, making it a whole lot easier for you to start using the application. These examples will help you realize the potential of the app and can get you on your feet. If your native tongue isn’t English, then not to worry as AutomateIt is localized in 14 different languages. If you want to see whether or not the app is in your language or not then take a look at the website.
AutomateIt comes in a couple of different versions, there is a free version, which we’ve focused on here, as well as a paid version that offers a lot more. Ads are removed from the app and there are added triggers as well. Composite actions are a new addition to the version of the app and allow for the use of more than trigger as well as the introduction of logic. The version of app is really well worth it as there’s a lot of additions that enable you to do even more. If you want to take a look at the version then take a look at it in the Play Store.
AutomateIt provides a set of useful rules:
- Conserve power when battery level is low
- Quiet at night when screen is off
- Vibrate mode during meetings
- Max volume when headset unplugged
- Lower volume when headset plugged
- Unmute by SMS
- Automatically turn on/off speaker during call using proximity sensor
The advanced features included in this version are:
- Composite Triggers – use more than a single trigger for each rule using AND/OR logic between these triggers
- Composite Action – execute several actions as a result of a single trigger (which can be a composite trigger)
- Rule Active Period – set an active period for each rule. Really useful if you only want a certain rule to be active only during daytime, weekends, just an hour a day etc.
- Sensor Trigger – utilize all your device’ sensors as a trigger for a desired action. This includes usage of all the sensors supported by Android – Accelerometer, Light, Proximity etc.
- Calendar Trigger – monitor events on your different calendars
- Enable/Disable Screen Lock Action – Enables or disables your screen lock slide/pattern/password/pin
- Cancel delayed execution by trigger – Auto-cancel delayed execution when defined trigger is launched
- Cell ID Trigger – Trigger when connecting or disconnecting from defined cellular cells (Unlimited number of predefined saved locations)
- Recurring Event Trigger – Executes a defined action every defined time interval
- Copy Rule – Create a new rule, based on an existing one
- Bug fix for plugins (Use Pressy plugin in composite trigger)
- Support additional devices
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