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With all the bells and whistles tucked away in your Android device, you would expect it to be just a bit more useful in your life. These are not just your every day cellphones of decades past. They have mics, speakers, WiFi, GPS, temperature sensors, gyroscopes, accelerometers, and probably a bunch of other stuff that I’d have to ask Google search to help me list.

Forget just being reminded about simple stuff like emails, tasks, and phone calls. Let’s take a look at a few apps that go beyond your standard reminders and help turn your Android into a backup memory store for your own brain.

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You can’t talk about automating your Android without mentioning Tasker, which basically allows you to fully automate your Android device based on your every whim.

Once Tasker is mentioned in conversation, there is usually discussion about how utterly powerful and flexible it is. Shortly after this, there is further discussion about how all this power resides in an app that is not all that user-friendly. There is some truth to this.

Tasker is insanely useful and configurable, but it can get overwhelming. However, I believe that anyone can understand and use Tasker without getting a second degree. We’ve previously covered the basic concepts and features of Tasker, so this post will go into detail on how to make Tasker work for you. (more…)

Imagine the following scenario. You leave the office and get in your car as your device sends a text message to your spouse letting them know you are heading home, while any incoming e-mails or text messages from your clients are instantly replied to with a generic “out-of-the-office” message.

As you begin to approach a local supermarket, another text message is sent out to your family asking if anything is needed to be purchased, and any replies are read aloud through the loud speaker.

As you pull in to your driveway, your handset instantly connects your home’s Wi-Fi connection. Setting your phone into a cradle on your desk automatically adjusts the volume and starts up your favorite station on Pandora.

Does it sound too good to be true? It’s not. All of this and almost everything imaginable is possible with the highly versatile application that is Tasker by the geniuses at Dinglisch. Tasker allows you to turn your Android-powered device into a true “Android” which will perform tasks for you on certain triggers or contexts. Never again will you forget to silence your phone while in a meeting or launch your favorite music application when you plug your ear buds in as Tasker will take care of monotonous everyday tasks with ease.

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