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Tasker Updated With Over 30 New Features, Plus Ton of Bug Fixes

Tasker is one of those indispensable apps you download after Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. If you want to imbue your smartphone with true synthetic intelligence, it’s an application you can’t live without. And it only keeps getting better for users.

Today, the dedicated developers of Tasker issued an update that adds 33 new features, tweaks a number of behaviors, and squashes more bugs than we can count. It’s mind blowing. 

For the uninitiated, Tasker allows you automate things by setting up profiles through an intuitive UI. You can create a task to silence your cellphone when you reach work, for example, or turn on Bluetooth when you’re driving. The learning curve is a bit steep, but Tasker’s possibilities are nearly endless.

As a bonus, one of the most popular plugins for Tasker, AutoVoice, also received a big upgrade today. The headlining new feature is Google Now intercept, which lets you set up commands that seamlessly trigger through Google Voice Search. To get a better idea of how it works, check out this video.

Here are a few of the new features as posted by the developers. If you are ready to download, hit up the Google Play links below.

What’s New

  • action category System
  • state System / Active User
  • testing Mobile Data via Net / Test Net
  • initial NDK framework for device compatibility testing
  • AutoCast, UDPSender, Send/Expect and Twilight to action plugin suggestions list
  • state Power: added Other
  • event: Steps Taken (Android API 19+)
  • event: Received Data SMS
  • action HTTP Get/Post: added optional User Agent parameter
  • action Element Focus
  • event Assistance Request (drag up through bottom-middle of display)
  • sensors in Prefs / Monitor / Display Off Monitoring, option Yes, And Keep Android Awake
  • condition operators equals and not-equals (strings)
  • Day Select: added Last month day
  • BT Connected state: detection of existing connections for some device classes (headset, health, a2dp)
  • action: Battery Info settings: help text noting that it’s not usable with Samsung ROMs

Tasker Play Link | AutoVoice Play Link

Via: Tasker
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    If only Tasker tasks can be created using Bash. A Bash scripting environment with the Tasker functions and variables available. Also, I’m not talking about the run shell script action.

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    I cant figure this app out for the life of me

  • HarvesterX

    One awesome thing to use with Tasked is remote access to your phone via text messages. If you lost your phone or just don’t have it around you can send a text from ant phone logging in and then send additional commands to basically do whatever you want. Enable gps and find a list phone, take pictures of whoever stole your phone and send them to your Dropbox, etc etc. Maybe annoy whoever stole your phone with constant alerts. Give phone to girlfriend and let her log in to whatever she does and remotely program ways to snoop on her.

    Only limitations are what you can and can’t program into it.

  • nosedive94

    With AutoVoice, how would I get it to recognize a command like: “tweet ________”

  • morgan boyle

    if tasker had a better UI i would be happier with it. i know it can do more then IFTTT but i enjoy the simple UI and shared “recipes”.

  • Droid Ronin

    I have a few recipes from IFTTT that I use every now and then. Is Tasker more powerful and/or more useful than IFTTT?

    • morgan boyle

      way more powerful

  • T.C.

    Set up the same Event in Tasker as in the video, and Google Now is just opening up my phone’s settings…… Any idea?

  • jim

    uninstalled , more trouble than its worth , maybe another time

    • anon

      Tools this powerful are not for the simple minded.

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    • tharealoc

      Maybe Condi is more your style. You get the same basic functionality with a more simple interface. Either one is really worth the time and trouble once you get them setup to your liking.

  • jim

    whats up with all the ads, paid for tasker and still have to see ads

    • HarvesterX

      Not sure what ads you’re seeing…I have zero. Unless you mean the plugins it directs you to…those aren’t exactly ads though

    • Mos

      Tasker has no ads.

    • Just_Some_Nobody

      Nice try.

  • jim

    what a nightmare to set up

  • brkshr

    Tasker NEEDS to use Fuse Location!!! That’s my only gripe. GPS, Network, Wifi Near, all that junk is archaic. Fuse Location provides an accurate location with minimal battery use.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    “Tasker is one of those indispensable apps you download after Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram”

    What? Are you kidding me? Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram are indispensible my arse. Tasker actually does valuable things that can help productivity & make life easier. Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram are just nasty vortexes of time that add nothing to ones life. I cannot believe you used Tasker and Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram in the same story. Shame on you.

    • brkshr

      I don’t use Twitter, Facebook or Instagram…

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      And some people love taking pictures and posting ’em to Instagram, Facebook, etc, so their family/friends can see ’em. Also, you’re probably anti-social and hate all of those things. Yeah, you’re one of those people. Blah.

      So yeah, buh bye.

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        And you’re one of those people that got sucked into the social sharing corral like a sheep & bought in hook, line and sinker. One who follows along because others bamboozled you into thinking it is super cool and useful. And your username says it all.. “gamer” – that tells me all I need to know. That alone shows that you badly want others to know something you deem cool about you. Blah.

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  • Franz

    Tasker really should implement some kind of sharing your “Task Recipe.” Think of kind of like the IFTTT Recipe Search.

    Then people can search a library of tasks made from other people. This would make people use Tasker more I think.

    • FortitudineVincimus
      • brkshr

        You have to program those in yourself. It would be nice to just load a “Recipe” from someone else and have it work with minimal setup.

        • FortitudineVincimus

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          programming them will show you how to use an, admittedly, somewhat cryptic app so you can then go on and make your own. But at least people have taken the time to do the heavy lifting and testing and give you the final working recipes.

        • RSS70

          This would bring the benefits of Tasker to many more people. Move it from an early adopter to the mass market crowd. But the guys who think everyone should learn to code to use it would probably disagree.

  • JSo

    I’ve tried to get into Tasker and I know it does a lot. But I havent found any use for it in my personal daily life. What do you guys use it for?

    • brad0383

      I use it for adjusting volumes depending on location and time. Example, home and work have different volume settings. I mute the phone during meetings on my work calendar but only if I am at work. I also adjust volumes when I connect to my car bluetooth. One really nice thing is I disable the PIN when connected to WiFi and bluetooth. The idea here is that I am in a trusted place and no need to lock the phone. The options are endless.

      • JSo

        Well I use Trigger for the same stuff. Mainly because I purchased a bunch of NFC tags. But it also has time of day and location based triggers so I’m like you with the volume stuff. I know Tasker does some more complicated stuff though. I just never really looked into understanding how to use it or what I would use it for.

    • r0l

      Modify which phones ring in Google voice based on where I am (ie, ring desk phone when at work, home phone when at home, cell phone always).
      Specify settings when I hit certain WiFi SSIDs (less battery hungry to set home settings based on home WiFi than geo location)
      Turn BT off when I get home unless I’m on a call (then I’m likely idling in my driveway).

      Now with autovoice I can do basically any task/function by voice instead of conditions. For instance I usually have my phone face down on night able. When I want a light instead of reaching for phone or switch I can activate the flashlight function by voice.

    • Sean Lally

      I use it for turning off my work gmail sync on nights and weekends.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      Turn wifi on and off when I am home automatically
      turn off ringer on Sundays during church hours
      shut wifi of at certain time at night to save battery
      turn sync off at certain time at night as I dont need gmails at 2am
      turn off cell at certain time at night until certain time in morning
      when plug into power it turns off lock screen and takes me to home screen
      when I use navi/maps, it leaves screen on, cranks up brightness (since it means I am in a car), turns off lock screen
      BT off at night if I forget to save battery
      and a whole slew of others that are app specific and use specific

      • JSo

        Most of this I do with Trigger. I guess the reason I haven’t found a use for it is because I already have something that does this. Maybe one day I will look into the advanced settings of Tasker.

        • FortitudineVincimus

          I don’t know Trigger, but Tasker was one of the first and most powerful of the tools to automate tasks. I only listed some basic ones here that I have, I also have some far more complex ones, but most people will not delve that deep into it.

          I know Moto even had their own built in tool, but it is not near as powerful as Tasker.

          Tasker is not a great GUI and not super easy to use nor totally insightful in terms of making tasks, but once you figure it out, it is hella powerful.

        • as

          You can call tasks from Tasker with trigger.

          • JSo

            I’ve seen that option. Just never thought of any tasker functions to plug into it.

      • Gideon Waxfarb

        Seems like a lot of this stuff are things the OS should allow you to do out of the box, without any voodoo.

    • David Wonderly

      • Turning WiFi off/on when I’m home.
      • Turning off my lock screen at home.
      • If wrong pin is pressed twice, takes a front camera picture and uploads it to Dropbox with a GPS location tag.
      • Auto silent from 10p – 6a on power unless an emergancy number calls.
      • If phone is plugged in, keeps screen on while Ingress is running.
      • A ton of voice commands.
      • A ton of NFC commands.

      • Pedro

        How many voice commands are in a ton?
        Is it the same amount of NFC commands?

        And, I assume that you are referencing the English ton, and not the metric tonne. I just want to make sure we’re talking the same language here.

        • David Wonderly

          Ton being slang for a lot. I have 34 voice and 22 NFC plugged in.

    • joe

      Lots of things but it’d require a review article’s worth of explaining for the short version.

    • renGek

      Phone is silent at night unless the call or text is from a family member.

      Send my phone a text which replies with map coordinates of its location.

      When I turn on my car, sync up and steam to my phone and start up poweramp. This is automatic and I don’t need to touch my phone in any way. I keep bt on 24/7 since the battery use of idle bt is almost nothing. Additionally, on Monday to Friday mornings instead of poweramp I start up tunein radio for the news.

      I keep only about 6 tasks running daily because some tasks are pretty battery hungry.

  • Kryptonetics

    I’m currently using IFTTT and like it. Is it worth it to switch over to Tasker? I’m wondering if there are additional features in Tasker and if it’s worth the switch. Anyone have experience with both apps?

    • EvanTheGamer

      IFTTT doesn’t even compare to what you can do with Tasker. In some ways, IFTTT is still broken(at least it is for me). With Tasker, you can do so much more. Ask anyone.

      In this series of Tasker 101 Tutorials I show you how to get the most out of the Android App Tasker which is the single most useful app you could ever have on an Android phone. It does, however, take some skill to use it to its fullest as it is kind of like learning a basic programming language.” -From the description of the Tasker 101 Tutorial playlist on YouTube. Like learning a basic programming language. Wow. That kind of sums up Tasker.

    • sk102704

      You can use Tasker in conjunction with IFTTT. I created a widget with Tasker to send a text message to IFTTT that sends a message to my WeMo light switch to turn it on or off. I also use the autovoice plugin through tasker to send a message to IFTTT turn my light on or off. I mostly use the widget because it is faster but doing it by voice looks so much cooler when I have guests.

    • brkshr

      You can do at least a thousand more things with Tasker that you can’t do with IFTTT. IFTTT is like a kindergarten workbook compared to Taskers capabilities. There is a steep learning curve with Tasker because of this.

    • tharealoc

      I use both for different things. IFTTT is simple to setup and plugs into internet things like instagram, twitter and google docs with zero headaches. Tasker can make your phone truly automated. I have not yet set them up to work together, but the pairing can be very powerful.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Well, I don’t know about anyone else, but I think it’s time I finally aboard the Tasker bandwagon.

    I’ve always been aware of Tasker, but never really gave it much thought(I’ve known what kind of power the app possess and didn’t really want to mess around with it due to all of that power), that is until now, now that it has Google Now functionality.

    • el Big CHRIS

      I don’t know when I bout the app, but when I did I was really trying to figure it out. But I couldn’t do it to save my life. There’s videos on YouTube but they’re either really old or they don’t really explain it well. Oh well…

  • jmashis

    Possibly the greatest app ever. Any platform.

  • br_hermon

    Anybody else see this? New Home swipe feature in Tasker 4.4? https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/tasker/sayWtSzcFDU