December 5, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Here at XDA, we like to make things easier in life with the use of technology. That’s why we’ve had numerous videos on automation. We’ve shown you how to use Tasker, Llama, WEMO switches, and more. However, sometimes you just want a simple and easy-to-use app.
XDA Forum Member UndeadCretin offers an easy-to-use macro automation app. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews MacroDroid. TK shows off the application and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.
Task automation has become quite a big feature in Android. The success of Tasker and NFC tags brought much in that realm, as modern devices have many sensors that can be used to determine many variables such as location. Some OEMs have even included various predefined automation schemes in their official firmwares.
A few months ago, there was an XDA TV feature about Llama. The program is a free alternate to the popular automation program Tasker. The concept of this application is to create predefined macros that act in various ways in certain scenarios. For example, you can turn WiFi off outside and silence your phone at night.
Another interesting alternative was presented by XDA Forum Member UndeadCretin, who created an application called MacroDroid. With this app, creating a macro is as easy as pie, and takes just few seconds. The list of available templates is impressive, as it has almost 30 predefined presets ready to be used or customized. It’s even possible to make your device to speak. This is useful in certain cases, such as when your battery is low.
If automation is your thing, you should give MacroDroid a try. Visit the application thread to get started.
August 28, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Yesterday, XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin, a.k.a. The Tech Ninja, showed us how to control our lights with Tasker triggers. If the amount of videos out there on this topic is any indication, there are still many different ways to do home automation. Everything from build your own to some of the methods Kevin has found.
In today’s video, XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin shows you how to turn off and on your lights with NFC Launcher and AutoVoice. This means Kevin can use NFC tags or his voice to automate items in his home. With the help of a WEMO device, IFTTT and other tools, the possibilities are endless. Check this video out.
August 27, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin, a.k.a. The Tech Ninja, is a bit of an phone automation expert. You can check out his Tasker Series to see all the great things he’s automated with Tasker and other automation apps. He’s done everything from basics such as turning off WiFi at work to controlling his Android device by voice. But that is not all he can do!
In today’s video, Kevin shows you how to turn on and off your lights with Tasker Automation and IFTTT. With the help of a WEMO device, Kevin shows you how to set up IFTT rules and Tasker task automation to have your lights turn on when you get home. Check this video out.
XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin set up his phone to respond to his voice. He does so with Tasker and some other programs like SMS, my Car and Me, AutoVoice, Secure Settings, and Gravity Screen Off. Earlier, Kevin showed us advanced Uses, intermediate uses , and basic uses of Tasker. Then, Kevin showed you an alternative to Tasker called Llama. He covered the basics then expanded on them.
In this part of the series, Kevin gives you what you asked for. Kevin shows you how to control your phone with your voice. So check out all the videos in this Tasker series, and make your phone work for you. What are you waiting for? Check out this video.
Using NFC to launch actions or perform certain tasks when you tap your device on a tag is a pretty cool thing. In fact, it’s hardly something new, as we’ve even covered a few tools that let you do so easily. These past uses, however, rely on tapping a tag to perform an action. Wouldn’t it be useful for other use-cases if you could activate a task when removing a tag from your device? Just think; this could allow you to do things such as setting up an NFC-based alarm or both activating and removing settings changes when a tag is touched.
Thankfully, this is where XDA Forum Member madfish73 comes in. Similarly to the previously linked article, this functionality is accomplished using AnyTAG NFC. However, it is actually a modified version of AnyTAG that is used in this guide, and a few modifications are made to your device’s NFC.apk to add in the android.nfc.action.TAG_LOST intent and enable tag removal detection functionality.
As described by the guide author:
What this mod can do?
after did this mod, with AnyTag(mod) + tasker + secure settings plugin + secure settings helper, you can:
1. put your phone on the “Bedside tag”, your phone turn to silence mod, take the phone off the tag, your phone auto turn off silence mod
2. put your phone on the “CarDock tag”, your phone auto unlock, turn to CarHome mode, run some special apps, take the phone off the tag, your phone auto kill some special apps, exit carhome mode, lock screen …
3. Other things you can image….
If you wish to learn more, you can get started by simply heading over to the original thread.