Tasker has evolved recently to become one of the most useful and innovative applications for Android. It allows for the user to perform various customizable functions on a device. It may take some time to get used to the changes that are implemented, but it allows for more control and time saved with shortcuts in the long run. There are a number of plugins available and the app has new features and capabilities with each update. The app is available for about $2.99 on the Google Play store and there are no advertisements or in-app purchases required. If you are unfamiliar with how to maneuver in the Tasker application, you may be required to search for more in-depth tutorials for beginners in order to implement certain features.
Within the recent Tasker 5.9.3 update, the “Do Not Disturb” feature allows the user to dynamically alter the traditional Do Not Disturb settings under your Settings page. With this new feature, you can filter out phone calls from specific users. This enables users to maintain a higher level of privacy without needing to block anyone. Another feature that is useful in terms of privacy is being able to enable/disable the camera system-wide. There is a lot of talk in recent news about applications gaining access to your camera and leaving you vulnerable to people spying on you without your explicit knowledge. This is also true with hackers. Some people have even gone so far as to put a piece of tape over their cameras. With this ability in Tasker, you can disable your camera amongst all of your apps and be confident knowing that a stranger isn’t watching.
The Volume Adjustment features allows a user’s device to automatically adjust the volume in certain locations. For example, if you want to lower your volume every time you walk into your office to a certain degree, it can be done so automatically with Tasker. Factors that are determined by this include your location, the app you are in, WiFi network and received messages. You can also adjust the volume of specific applications as well.
Changes for Efficiency
The new Logcat Entry feature allows you to automate certain tasks on your device. This event logger allows the user to trigger certain events with different actions. You can trigger your device with actions including each fingerprint used to unlock your phone, holding an application down for more than one second, or hitting snooze on your alarm. These actions cause different customizable actions. Each finger is identified with a number, so you can set each finger to trigger certain actions within Tasker. For example, you can register your middle finger to automatically open the camera when you unlock your phone with it. The possibilities and variants of this feature are endless.
The Get Location v2 feature allows for you to identify exactly where you are within the timeframe of about two seconds. Before, this process could take up to a full minute. You are provided with a URL address displaying your exact location on Google Maps by giving you full access to Fused Location. Other more advanced variables are included such as providing you with range precision in meters of your desired location or other properties including viewing speed limits within the area of your location.
You can use Tasker to make your phone virtually hands free with AutoVoice. There are two commonly used methods to use this feature. You can either use AutoVoice Recognize or pull commands from Google Now. Regardless, it enables your phone to receive commands at any time with Touchless Controls. Once a voice cue is obtained, the AutoVoice Tasker app will interpret the message and perform the task.
Although it takes some time and research to optimize these features, there are tutorials for beginners that include step-by-step videos to accomplish them. This list is only a fraction of what Tasker provides its users in terms of customization and performance while continuing to expand with each update.