As far as apps go, few are more useful and versatile than Tasker. Despite the comparatively high price (for an app, anyway) of $6.30, there's probably a reason why its average rating is an impressive 4.7/5 stars. Still, that price is high enough to turn some users away, despite the serious lack of alternatives. Fortunately, that gap was filled a few days ago, when an app called Modus Operandi hit the Market.


Its nature is very similar to Tasker, but as the app is still fairly new (on version 0.3, as of writing), it offers less features. Then again, it's also significantly simpler as a result. It also takes a different approach than Tasker in that it's modular, meaning that if you don't need control over something, you simply don't download the module for it. (Obviously, the downside is that you need to go download the modules, but that's more than made up for by the customizability.)

Currently, there are six plugins available:


Azatoth - the developer behind Modus Operandi - is currently working on more plugins, including Mobile Data Connection and Audio Manager. He also plans on releasing the Eclipse template so that the community can cook up more plugins - effectively open-sourcing them. If the app takes off, imagine the possibilities the community can cook up.

Sound like a good time? You know what to do: AppBrain or QR code below.

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.azasoft.mo

[Source: XDA-Developers]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    <3 Tasker, trying this out as well.

  • Mr. Appreciative

    I love you Aaron!

    • Aaron Gingrich

      "A commenter requests deletion of a comment on your post #22771 "Modus Operandi: Like Tasker, But With Less Options And 100% More Free". The comment has been moved to the moderation queue.
      The reason given is: er, my post sounded quite gay"

      Request denied. You're making me blush.

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        Hahaha, classic.

  • John J

    Awesome, I've been hoping for a free / open version of Tasker.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Glad to be of service. Let us know how it goes :)

      • John J

        First impressions: very simplistic UI. Could use a little more elegance. Desperately needs more plugins.

        Also, a little confusing. For example, in the wifi plugin, there is 'disable wifi service' and an unchecked box. If I check the box, it becomes 'enable wifi service'.. Did I disable the service, or enable it?

        • Aaron Gingrich

          I've seen other apps do the same thing... the read what it's currently set to, not what it changes to. I agree that it's rather confusing, given that the norm is just the opposite.

          As for the rest, hopefully it will be worked out with upcoming versions/plugins.

        • John J

          Looks like it's going places. Be helpful if they can get a spot on XDA portal.

  • http://www.azasoft.org/forum Azatoth

    I'm at work to code more plugins, stay tuned ;)!

    about wifi plugin... when the condition is verified and the wifi action plugin will be called, it just do what you read in the check box.
    So, if you check the box it will enable wifi service; if you leave that unchecked the service will be disabled.

    It's more clear?
    I'll add some text inside every plugin so is more clear.

    Enjoy ;)!

    • John J

      Very clear. Looking forward to more plugins!

  • Jon

    Very nice, good to see an active developer

  • http://www.SoulPirates.NET BigFNj

    Timerific is free and does the same thing and more. I dunno why anyone ever used tasker when Timerific has always been out and free.

    • http://www.azasoft.org/forum Azatoth

      It's different.
      Timeriffic is based on Time and Date for schedule a configuration.
      Modus Operandi is based on totally custom condition (that are a plugin, so mooore extendible).
      With Timeriffic you don't can do a situation that enable wifi only when you are at home or disable audio when you are at work.
      With MO you can ;).
      The limit is the plugin implemented. But it's overridable by the community ;)

  • http://www.fabianrodriguez.com Fabian Rodriguez

    Azatoth, if MO is Free software it would be important to clearly state the licence you chose in the description and on the site, and make its source code available. This doesn't stop you from even selling it on the marketplace.

    Also consider adding it to the FDroid repository if it's Free:

    • http://www.azasoft.org/forum Azatoth

      Fabian, "Free" and "Open Source" it's not the same. At this time MO is only free.
      When the release is fully featured I'll choice if release source code.

      When I've done this choice, I'll update description on android market ;)

  • dbareis

    Timeriffic had too many bugs and features for me as well as being too basic. Tasker is quite powerful but is harder to use and expensive. This app looks hopeful but seriously needs a getting started guide to at least set up a common requirement to make phone silent overnight. The plugin idea is great EXCEPT that the fundamentals shouldn't be in a million different plugins...