To me, applications like this one are really important for school students. I bought my first significant Android the same year I began my Physics degree at my university, and immediately I realised how tremendously helpful it was. From accurate graphing applications to TI emulators (don't judge me, the real thing costs crazy amounts here!), passing through giants like Wolfram and MATLAB Mobile, there were a lot of tools for one to excel with. In fact, I'd say that without Android I wouldn't have chosen...
Want an Open-Source Alternative to Tasker? Try SwiP
If you’ve felt that current automation apps such as Tasker and Llama are a bit lacking in ways, especially by not being open source, you’re not alone. There’s definitely an appeal in having the flexibility and freedom of tweaking and modifying an app, even if it may be missing some features or can be streamlined or themed in certain ways.
With this in mind, XDA Forum Member Flow-Chi developed SwiP, an open source automation app based on profiles, much like the aforementioned Tasker and Llama. It is still in its beta phase, offering not nearly as many actions and triggers. But for the user who prefers simplicity, you can’t go wrong with SwiP. Some of these options include:
- Ringtone and notification volume
- Media volume
- Alarm volume
- Mobile Data
- Automatic Brightness
- Display timeout
If you’re worried that the current selection of profile settings is a bit limiting, don’t forget that SwiP is open source. So if you’re up for it, you can always just code in a few of your own functions.
As with most apps in their early stages, there are a few bugs to look out for when you’re using SwiP, such as the GPS option only working on AOSP-derived ROMs or when SwiP is installed as a system app, and that the lock screen doesn’t work as it should on some devices.
If you like what you’ve read and want to check out SwiP yourself, head over to the application thread for more information and download.
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XDA Recognized Contributor Albe95 has shared with us what looks to be Galaxy S6 applications. The ones he's provided are the GearManager, the Optical Reader, GeoNews and Kids Mode. The applications are available for download through the links in the opening post, but keep in mind it is likely that they might not be compatible with your device. There's also new information about more applications and system interface features revealed in the same thread: The alleged S6 statusbar and panel are ported to the...
Only a few years ago, it was normal for a major app release to be available for iOS but come months later to Android. That seems to no longer be the case, as Android has advanced tremendously with Google putting a huge effort into its Play Store and ecosystem. However, while the majority of major app releases are now made available for both platforms at the same time, there are a few iOS exclusives that some of us wish were on our favorite mobile OS (Hyperlapse comes to mind). Let us know which apps for the iPhone you wish were on Android.