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Tasker is a versatile app to say the least. In allowing users to create and schedule sophisticated automated tasks, it has made a name for itself as one of the most useful apps available for Android. The developer behind Tasker, Crafty Apps, is now expanding on that functionality, working on Tasker App Factory, an extension of the original app which allows users to export certain actions as individual apps.

The app (which will only work for Tasker beta users) has the capability to create standalone apps which have no reliance on the main Tasker app to run. According to App Factory's instructional document, app creation takes mere seconds, meaning users can capture Tasker's awesome functionality in a zippy, (relatively) easy process. For new users, App Factory features a "beginner" mode which will "make guesses about how to configure the resulting app." App Factory's description also advises that no programming experience (or even internet connection) is required to create task-based apps.

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What gives App Factory great potential is the fact that the resulting .apk files are not dependent on Tasker, meaning users can sell, reinstall, or otherwise disseminate their own tasks.

Those Tasker beta users who are interested in testing out App Factory and exporting their custom tasks to even more versatile standalone apps should hit the widget below to grab the download. By the way, users can check out Tasker's change log to see what's in the beta.

Thanks, Wayne!

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • DannyBiker

    Great idea ! Now to understand how it works and to deal with this awful UI and....and...meh, never mind. Bought Tasker a year ago, tried 5 times to get started, decided in the end that I still need a life after all.

    • http://markus.birth-online.de/ Markus Birth

      For simple tasks (like switching things based on sensors) Tasker is great. But I wouldn't want to do complex things with it. Those are better done in SL4A or as a separate app in Java.

  • Lox_knc

    What an ugly UI! Don't they know about holo ? http://developer.android.com/design/index.html

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

      The Tasker app has been out for years, and the developer probably cares more about adding functionality than updating the looks. Though I agree, I'd love to see it de-uglified a bit. But honestly, most of the time it's just running in the background and I never look at Tasker after I set up all the tasks.

      • DannyBiker

        I agree that look isn't everything...but it still has to be something. Tasker to me is Android at its best and worse : limitless possibilities, terrible design...

        ...and I know about ICS but 6 months later it's only at a 5 % marketshare with very few apps adopting its UI.

        • Jeremy626

          7%...

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

        I admit, I'm recycling a point I made last time Tasker was part of an article.

        Tasker is one of the more popular 'power user' apps on the market. It's in the 6-digit install count, and at $6.49 it has made no less than $450,000 (assuming only 100k installs, it's probably double that).  For a $1000 he could find college students all over the world who would slap together something a bit nicer.  Even if a complementary color palette was used to get rid of the clashing colors, it would be a markable improvement.

        In my own coding, I place a much higher value on functionality; but I won't completely disregard design, especially as it applies to a somewhat brand new app.

        • phanmo

           "...no less than $450,000 (assuming only 100k installs, it's probably double that)."
          not to mention the revenue from the direct purchase version (with encryption and more) sold on the site...

          It's not very pretty, but it's still one of my absolutely indispensable apps.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

        I admit, I'm recycling a point I made last time Tasker was part of an article.

        Tasker is one of the more popular 'power user' apps on the market. It's in the 6-digit install count, and at $6.49 it has made no less than $450,000 (assuming only 100k installs, it's probably double that).  For a $1000 he could find college students all over the world who would slap together something a bit nicer.  Even if a complementary color palette was used to get rid of the clashing colors, it would be a markable improvement.

        In my own coding, I place a much higher value on functionality; but I won't completely disregard design, especially as it applies to a somewhat brand new app.

  • SebaKL

    I think it's a great idea. I personally introduced Tasker to many friends, and did for them exactly what CHAMELEON is going to do. Control of cluster of apps and automations based on locations, time and dates. Each of them had to buy an app in order to use it, but they are not that kind of users to feel comfortable enough to set it up themselves. I end up being the GO TO dude, fixing it while we hang out. Exporting a standalone app make so much more sense. I can share my experience with anyone, at no cost and totally customize on case basis. 

    I do agree with other comments on the UI. I'm surprised it didn't change for the better since its incarnation. 

  • fixxmyhead

    i tried tasker once and and it sucked. i didnt know how to do anything cuz theres no tutorial or instructions  and i always know how to use about 98% of apps out there but this one was just freaking confusing and no instructions. 

    • SebaKL

      There is an entire wiki dedicated to it, hundreds of free profiles to download and study, and very active forum, where you get reply very promptly. I mean absolutely no insult, but Tasker is not an app like an easy to set up weather widget. Not even close. And certainly not meant for everyone. By now it fully automates my phone, literally 24/7, from turning off the wifi and data from 2am till 8am, redirect calls and auto reply SMS. Turns wifi back on in the morning, off as soon as I leave radius of 300meters. Once I move more than 20km an hour, it goes in car mode, read sms out laud, turns on bluetooth and connects with the car. Autoreply SMS and e-mails. When I go cycling, it on GPS and my millage app  as soon as I reach the car park. And many many more... There is just no app like Tasker.

      • fixxmyhead

        yea i noticed it wasnt an easy set up app the moment i saw the horrible UI and no instructions on how to use the app. not that i dont mind setting it up but it should at least give some instructions how to use it for first time "power users".

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