Wear is said to not offer enough for mass adoption, even though its been in the market for over 9 months. I personally have a Gear Live which I purchased 8 months ago, and my experience with it has had its ups and downs throughout my time with it. For the longest time, I was not able to recommend the platform to anyone. Since then, a lot of updates have hit Wear watches, some improving battery life, others changing the...
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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