There are many Android users out there and so could you be. But, are you using Android smartly enough? Are you exploring the enormous potential or capabilities that it offers?
The fact is that many people are not even specifically aware of such advanced capabilities, even though you do not need to be an Einstein to know how to use Android. But, there are several apps which were developed by different app development companies to help you extend the existing capabilities of your Android device or take more control over what it already does.
So, here is a list of some of the best apps that can automate various Android phone tasks.
This is one of the most popular Android automation apps available on the Google Play Store. This free Android app was developed by Llamalab Tools to automate the triggering of any type of event on your mobile phone, whether it is sending texts or emails or modifying device settings, such as Bluetooth, WiFi, and GPS.
You can leverage a variety of building blocks (over 300) in the form of conditions, triggers, loops, and actions to cover most of the settings, sensors, buttons, and apps on your mobile phone. The mobile app development company behind the Automate app also included the functionality to integrate different types of input triggers with various kinds of resulting actions.
Examples of certain tasks from the Automate community include linking the media volume to the phone ringer volume and increasing screen brightness when a call comes in.
Some of the key automation features of Automate include:
- Making a phone call; and
- Executing shell commands.
Tasker is a paid app (it costs around $3) and was developed by Crafty Apps EU.
You can gain maximum control over your phone through the automation of alerts, phone settings, notifications, dialog boxes, apps, and so on. If you are a first-time user of this app, it may take you some time to get acquainted with the complexity. But, once you have spent enough time using Tasker, you will be able to manipulate most of your Android phone tasks with ease.
Tasker links inputs (sensors, events, and so on) with outputs (alerts, app actions, and setting modifications). It boasts a reliable user community, along with support for a variety of plugins. So, an Android app development company can simply look at the level of automation for different tasks that are possible with Tasker and identify the features that it can include for some of its Android apps.
Examples of the activities that you can do with Tasker are:
- Adjusting the ringtone volume based on the caller; and
- Turning off WiFi when the screen dims.
This is a free Android app, developed by Arlosoft that serves as a decent alternative to Tasker. The difference is that MacroDroid focuses more on usability and, hence, offers a simple UI with a logical step-by-step process, making it easy for you to start using it from the start.
It converts most of your frequent tasks into a series of commands known as “macros” that happen automatically. The configuration part is pretty simple: you just need a trigger for an action. For example, night time could be the trigger that puts the phone to “airplane” or “silent” mode (action).
A couple of examples of tasks that can be automated with MacroDroid are:
- Using NFC tags for device configuration (turn on the bluetooth or the set volume); and
- Reading aloud incoming text messages.
How many times have you been embarrassed about your phone ringing in the middle of a serious meeting or discussion? Such incidents are common for mobile phone users and they happen due to a lack of location awareness on the part of your phone.
Enter Llama to solve this problem for Android smartphones. It does so by triggering an action on your device when you are at a particular location. The Llama mobile app is not GPS-dependent and instead uses your cell towers to identify your phone’s location.
This location-aware mobile app can help you automate tasks, such as:
- Triggering a reminder to pick up groceries when you are near your most visited grocery store;
- Kickstarting the music player when a headset is connected; and
- Turning on “silent” mode when you enter your office or a client’s place of business.
Would you not like to enjoy a simpler mobile usage experience at home, without a lot of repeated effort to enter a password for the lock screen? It is here that a password convenience app like SkipLock proves useful.
This Android app enables you to avoid the lock screen, especially when your Android device is connected to your home WiFi network, a similar known network or a known bluetooth device. The idea is that when you are at your home or even in your car, your device would be in safe hands and your device can do away with the lock screen functionality.
You can easily complete the SkipLock setup by manually adding all the WiFi networks for which you do not wish to enter the passwords repeatedly.
Have you explored any of these apps before? Have we left off any important ones? Let us know in your comments below.
Author Bio: Shishir is the founder of ChromeInfotech., a well-known name in the Indian mobile app development and designing industry. With years of experience in the domain, he has now acquainted himself with all the nitty-gritties of what goes into making an awesome app in the least possible time.