Tasker is undoubtedly one of the most popular Android apps in the advanced segment. It has over a million downloads and 4.6 rating in the Play Store. The fairly new developer behind the app, João Dias, has been releasing quality updates ever since he took over the project. Today, he released yet another update, Tasker 5.8, to the stable channel. It brings a lot of new features and changes which improve the overall experience of the app. Without further ado, let’s dig into the update.
The biggest and most important feature Tasker 5.8 brings is 3rd-party app integration. This one simple change lets you automate virtually anything concerning the apps on your phone. “App Changed” event lets you trigger a command every time you switch to this app. There is also “App Info” action which gives you all kinds of information about any app, like usage statistics. You can create variables and assign them to tasks to limit apps’ permissions or automate various functions. The next big feature is concerning Bluetooth connections. Starting with Tasker 5.8, you can automate tasks every time a Bluetooth device connects to your phone. You can also get information from connected devices and force connect/disconnect and pair/unpair them. You can see the examples in the video below.
There are also new actions which let you handle HTTP requests, even the authorization via OAuth 2.0. I can already see loads of useful tasks made by scraping 3rd-party or your own websites. Tasker 5.8 also includes new InputDialog which will help you customize the specifics of the imported tasks. Tasker can now adapt to music playback by identifying the change of the track. This can lead to many audio or streaming service-related tasks. There is also now a full backup option, which will help you transfer your Tasker setup (even the variables and settings) to a whole new device. Tasker is available in the Play Store for $2.99, and I assure you that it is worth every cent.
Here’s the full changelog of Tasker 5.8.
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