How to automate almost any task in your Android Smartphone [Review: Tasker, On{x}]

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Do you want your android smartphone to automatically switch to silent mode when you enters Classroom. Hospital or Court? Or Turn volume down when a particular friend is called? Turn on GPS, Bluetooth of WiFi when a specified app is launched? Silence your phone when your phone is placed down on a table or even send your Girlfriend a text message "I'm busy now" when you are at work? The answer to all these questions is here. Read below!
Yes. Now you can do all these things automatically in your android smartphone. There are many ready made softwares available for this today. The main competitors amongst them are Tasker (shareware) and on{x} (freeware). Let's see how these works..
Tasker (latest version :1.3)
This is the most famous app for android automation. It has a variety of features. It can do almost anything that we want.  This app is shareware and it costs £3.99 (near 350 INR and 6$). But this app is worth of cost, I'm sure. However there is a 7-day trial available for Tasker. It's working will depend upon your imagination also. Its possibilities are endless. Let's look some of the main uses of Tasker.
Time dependentAutomations
It can turn your phone into silent of Airplane mode on a specified time (for Eg., between 9PM and 6AM), Backup your data everyday, set an alarm, launch a specific Application at a given time every time etc.

Application preferences
It can let your Google Maps to autamatically turn on GPS, Open File browser when you put SD Card, Launch Music player when headset is connected and change Ring volume to 50% so that it won't disturb you. And much more

Contact/ Messages
Send automatic messages. Place a shortcut in home screen for sending a particular message like "I'm at office" , "call later" etc. Or change in call volume for a particular contact. etc.

Sensors dependent automation
Your phone can change ring volume to silent automatically when it face up, Down, left etc. (Accelerometer). You can also Turn on GPS, Bluetooth, Open Applications and much more according to phone position

Here is the complete list of uses as provided by official site of Tasker

  • passcode-lock sensitive applications (e.g. for child safety)
  • change phone settings by
    • application: long screen timeout in a book reader
    • time: screen brightness lower in the evening
    • location: ringer volume high at the office, turn off ke yguard at home
  • wake up with a random song from your music collection
  • Text-to-speech; read out loud: incoming SMS/ phone number, WiFi/Bluetooth status, when it's time for an appointment, when the battery is low etc etc (Android OS 1.6+ only)
  • launch a music application when your music SD card is inserted, otherwise a file browser
  • start the day with a particular application showing
  • change all your home icons and wallpaper every day, or in particular locations
  • turn the phone upside down to return to the home screen, tilt 90 degrees to the left and back to toggle speakerphone during a call
  • create a Home widget to
    • toggle bluetooth/wifi on/off
    • launch wireless settings dialog
    • show a menu of tasks to choose
    • send an emergency SMS with your GPS location
  • remap camera etc buttons to other applications, or show a menu of applications and/or actions
  • decrypt/encrypt and/or zip/unzip application data on the fly when an application is launched/exits
  • pause music playback while in a particular application, restart on exit
  • change the Home icon for any application
  • take a time-lapse photo series (possibly 'secretly')
  • make a regular backup of a file on the SD card
  • track your phone location via SMS in case of theft
  • extend the use of the media button on your headset: take a picture from a distance or go to the previous media track with a long press
  • record call times and destinations to the SD card
  • show a popup when an SMS arrives from a particular phone number
  • setup a birthday SMS to be sent months before it happens so you don't forget
  • record battery levels over time to a file on SD card
  • make automatic recordings of what you say during phone calls to SD card
  • during the night, turn on airplane mode to conserve battery/reduce radiation, but turn it off every 15 minutes to check for SMS/voicemail.
  • setup a vacation SMS message, with different messages for different callers
  • launch a music application when headphones are connected
 (source :Official Site)
As I say, These features are very basic. You can add and customize it according to your own imagination.

 Download: Market   Official Site

On{x} (Currently in beta)
On{x} is one of the best alternatives to Tasker. It is launched by Microsoft which is in beta version now. The main thing is that On{x} is freeware!. It cannot support all features as Tasker can, but still it is a good alternative. It needs us to program the action in Javascript (buit in codes are also available). This is the merit and demerit of the App. If you know JS, your possibilities are endless. But if you don't then you can't go beyond the default actions, but no need to worry. There are many many actions that are already defined and many users will publish their own codes for you. This app needs you to sign in Facebook and go to their Official site and login to ad rules and make it work. Here is the list of main action provided by on{x} team

Text "Good morning" to my friend every Wednesday at 8:00 AM

Remind me to get up and stretch every hour between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM while I'm at rest

Start playback when a wired headset is connected

Turn Bluetooth on when I leave work

Turn WiFi on when I arrive at work

Text "I'm driving right now. I'll get back to you soon." if I get a phone call while driving

Text my wife "my phone's battery is dying" when my phone's battery goes below 15%

Show me the weather forecast every day at 8:00 AM if the expected temperature is below 50 Fahrenheit

Text my wife "I'm on my way" when I leave work

When I arrive home remind me to buy milk

Remind me to visit the gym if I haven't been there for 3 days

Show me the Aquarius horoscope every day at 9:00 AM

Launch the music app when I am walking

Launch calendar when I arrive at work

When I unlock my phone open Random Wiki Page

When my boyfriend texts me "where?" reply automatically with my location

Email me news alerts related to President Obama every day at 09:00 AM

Set ringer mode to normal the first time I unlock my phone after 8:00 AM

Remind me to take an umbrella every day the first time I unlock my phone, if it is going to be rainy

You can also see the source code of each action and modify it according to your need. You don't need to know JS for all. These are jsut basic actions. There are many customizations that can be applied and many more actions can be added to it. I just posted about the main actions provided by them. (Source: Official Site )

Download: Link  Official Site

I just posted about 2 main apps. There are many more apps available for this.
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