A really simple and easy to use phone automation app.
Easily set rules and make your phone do things automatically.
Making your phone do some basic things automatically is very common these days. From simple things like flipping to make it silent to more complex ones like a full-fledged assistant. Apps like Tasker and Llama can make your phone a very powerful tool but they do have a steep learning curve. There are however apps which are very simple and can be useful to a general user.
On opening the app for the first time, it asks for root access which is optional. Then the main screen appears giving the basic preview of the app’s features. 6 basic rules are pre activated. On tapping the ‘My Rules’ tile, all the active rules are displayed. Here the rules can be edited, deleted or new ones can be made. There is an option to upload to the store, which we will see further.
A rule consists of 2 parts: Trigger and Action
Many of the triggers are free, but complex ones like ‘and/or’ and sensor ones are in the pro version. There are numerous ones which are free and will serve for general users.
First we set the trigger, i.e. the event that will start the task. It could be a sms or a particular Wi-Fi connection.
Next is the Action. It is the result of the trigger.
Third option is to name the rule and the option to delay its execution. For example you may want to wait a few minutes before triggering your action.
For example a preset rule is quite interesting. It disables the phone from mute, when a sms with particular text is received. This will come in handy to people who often misplace their phones.
There is also a rules market, where you can download rules. They are classified according to top, latest and hot. While many are fairly common, there are a few which are quite interesting.
The settings menu is pretty scarce for an app which can do so much. There are the options to set the location triggers and a few plugin related settings.
Another interesting feature is the addition of plug-ins. They are few, but are made for dedicated task. There is the ‘Pressy’ plugin and also ‘Facebook’ plugin for the social type.
Their actions of these can be setup in the app itself.
The app itself is fairly basic for an automation app, but quite user friendly. It doesn’t scare the user with lots of bells and whistles, but the geeks will find it boring. But people who are trying to get into this area will find it a decent stepping stone.
Fairly Simple to use
Rules market to download new rules
Slightly outdated UI
No moderation in rules market
Fails to trigger rules sometimes