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Hot on the heels of Tasker's official 4.0 release which brings a Holo-styled UI for users on Android 4.0+, Crafty Apps has just dropped the price to $1.99. Normally priced at $6.49, this is the first time any of us can recall the popular automation app having ever been on sale.

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If you haven't heard of Tasker, it has long stood as the most popular automation app for Android. While not the easiest to learn or the most user friendly, its power and flexibility remain mostly unrivaled, even becoming the platform to build a game.

There are no indications of how long the sale will last or if this may be a permanent price change, but we are reaching out to the developer for clarification. Either way, if you are at all interested in this super-charged app, hurry over to the Play Store ASAP!

Update: Pent, Tasker's developer, has responded to our inquiry with the following:

AP: Is $1.99 a permanent price drop or a sale? Do you have any details as far as when it would be over if it is a sale?

Tasker: I don't know yet, I'm just testing the water. I'd like more people to have the chance to use the app, but that has to be balanced against extra support work and how income is affected.

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Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • Sqube

    So... hypothetically... could I use Tasker to send someone a text message every X amount of minutes telling them what assholes they were, between the hours of, let's say, 2:00 A.M. and 5:00 A.M.?

    Not that I would ever do such a thing, of course. But I'm just curious as to whether that would be possible.

    • malcolmest

      Yep, totally possible

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

      We at Android Police do not support or encourage (do it) this type of behavior. It may even violate your local laws (do it) and the terms of service (do it) for your cellular provider. What I'm saying is, you probably shouldn't do it (DO IT!!!!).

      Wait...you don't have my phone number, right?

      • DanSan

        lol i used SMS bomber one time on my friends iphone. it freaked out, locked up and restarted lol.

    • MacMan156

      or possibly easier, smsbomber, and set to X number with X minute gap between sending heeheehee.

    • Sorian

      April Fools' joke?

  • Chaun M

    OMG... sale after 30mins of being purchased !.....

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

      It was all a conspiracy.

    • http://twitter.com/anjiecai anjiecai

      email the dev

      • Chaun M

        I would, but I feel stingy doing that =/

    • NexusKoolaid

      Even at full price it's a good deal.

    • Lis Riba

      I bought Zoom (Tasker-programmable widgets) a few days before the developer converted it to a free app. I've gotten so much good out of Tasker, that I don't begrudge him the money...

  • Mark LaFlamme

    Dammit, Tasker is one of those apps I've always told myself I don't need. But for a couple bucks, maybe I DO need it. I don't feel like I need a lot of automation, but how can I know? How. Can. I. Know??

    • Haedocynic

      Trust me, you need it. It is possibly my most-used application of all times. And it has saved me a ton of money from not buying other applications, because Tasker can replace so many of them.

    • Nevi_me

      I've always waited for it to go on sale. It's a great app (used the trial extensively) but the price was a bit too much for me. Saw a comment here the other day, that the price went to 2 bucks, and I got it

  • http://twitter.com/perfecto Perfecto

    I don't think Tasker has ever been on sale until today.... and its Play Store page says 100,000-500,000 installs. So $6 x 100,000 = $600,000 dollars! Anyway, what a special day it is today!

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

      I've kept an eye on Tasker since the Froyo days and I've never seen the price fluctuate. Even people who have been hardcore Android users since the cupcake days are telling me that they haven't seen it on sale before.

      Not that I want to throw your math off, but it's technically possible that they have surpassed 500,000 units because Handy Apps used to also sell Tasker licenses through the website (it appears that may not be happening anymore). I tend to doubt that made a huge impact on sales because most people prefer to buy from app stores whenever possible (easy upgrades, more reliable licensing, no need to keep a license key around, etc.). Still, it is possible that a significant number of people paid the developer directly.

      Tasker has been in the same range since I bought it about a year ago, so I tend to imagine it must be getting close to jumping to the next category. If enough people see this deal, I'm pretty sure it won't take more than a couple of days...

    • Freak4Dell

      Pretty crazy, and that's a huge range. It's actually probably closer to the high end of that range than the lower end.

      And all this from an app that most people say is hard to use.

  • http://twitter.com/perfecto Perfecto

    When will Titanium Backup go on sale?

    • Rikki

      nobody cares just pirate it lol if they don't want the money

      • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

        :downvote: besides, tibu employes some extra security measures. it's well worth the $7 or whatever it costs to get the real thing, including updates. RomToolbox, and others, are also available, often for much less

  • Sasikumar D.R

    Hmm it's 2.75$ in India. (149.99 INR). Anyway I heard abt this app a lot and I made purchase

    • Karthik Kumar

      Still Worth it at original price... At 150, it's a steal.

  • http://twitter.com/bat0nas Tomas Misevičius

    I am still happy with my free app LLAMA. Does all I need.

    Thought holo sounds good. But not as good as worth 2.5$.

  • Vallhalen

    I really dont need it... but for 2 dollars?:D Ehh i hate Deal Alerts :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

    Nice to have Tasker on sale, but I already paid full price since a year ago, and I love it: It automates my life, replacing a bunch of other small/single task tools.

  • http://mavi222.deviantart.com/gallery/ Mavi

    It costs 3.5$ (70 CZK) here in Czech Republic :( .. I think I'll pass, even when I am curious what this app can all do. Till it's cheaper I will still be using good ol' Llama, which can do everything I ever needed (probably)

    • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

      As said earlier, this app was never on sale since release... it's either now or never :)

      • http://mavi222.deviantart.com/gallery/ Mavi

        Did you try Llama? Is it really that better and worth 3.5$? I still don't know if I should buy it or not :( .. for 2$ I would buy it without any doubt..

        • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

          Yes, didn't like, even when I was using the older Tasker with its complicated UI.

        • nwd1911

          I'm buying this to replace Llama. I've long heard about it and there are a couple of oddities in Llama that I have experienced (Rezound) where my phones profile will be set to silent after my wife calls. I have her set up to ring through even when the phone is on silent. I'm assuming this is isolated to my phone, but for $2 I'm happy to give Tasker a shot.

  • Karthik Kumar

    Tasker needs just one thing to be perfect. Like it's alternative AutomateIt, Tasker should allow pre-made recipes(sorry, IFTTT hangover) or "profiles", to be installed in one click. Not like making profiles is hard for intermediate users, but am sure semi-intermediate and newbies could benefit from installing pre-made profiles and tasks.

    • Freak4Dell

      You can import profiles in Tasker. I don't think it's one click, but it can be done. With the newer versions, you can also save a profile as an APK. I'm not sure exactly how it works when you install it, but that's 2 ways to take profiles that other people have made and install them on your device.

  • THELukeAngus

    Been waiting to get this for a really looong time, but I've always been too cheap. No hesitation at this price.

  • Michael CoZ

    I have no idea WHAT I am going to do with this APP. But everyone talks about it and the price was just absurd before. I bought it now though. I'll mess with it. Thanks for the heads up AP.

    • Sorian

      Easiest profile to make is at night, mute the phone so emails, sms, etc. notifications don't wake you up at night and then have it revert back in the morning without you having to mute and unmute the phone manually.

    • Tyler

      You could create a work/class mode that when you meet the conditions it silences, disables data while screen is off, etc so you don't disrupt people. Home profile that turns on wifi. Triggers can be location or time and/or day based.

      • Michael CoZ

        I've got NFC task launcher and some Tags set up around the house for that. Kind of redundant. But, thanks for the tip. I'll just have to do some Google Searching because I am sure some people have come up with some pretty awesome ideas for this app (from what I've heard so far)

  • http://twitter.com/and1945 Andreas Brandenborg

    That things costs 20 danish crowns in Denmark. That is not the equal to 2USD. More the likes of 3 or a bit more.

    • Superangel

      The same in Taiwan too :(

    • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

      Pricing is not linear:
      - in the US it is $1.99 (down from $6.49)
      - in Europe it is €1.99 (down from €4.50)

    • http://twitter.com/sakura_candy Lumi

      It's 4 SGD here too :(

  • drbobb

    Funny, it costs over $3 in Poland. I believe VAT accounts for part of the difference, but not all of it.

  • RyanB1

    Could someone list a few things that it can do that AutomateIt can't?

  • DanSan

    i could have swore i saw a website that had tasker profiles on it besides the official website. i must be losing it.

  • Simon Belmont

    Thanks for the heads up. Purchased. I really dig the new Holo UI. Looks much more modern.

    I can't wait to give it a try when I find some time. I don't think I've ever seen Tasker on sale, at least not at this price.

  • Sorian

    I like tasker, but am still getting used to it. I do wish they would allow "or" for criteria, example if near home Wifi or Wifi Hotspot, run home task. The way it is written is each criteria has to be its own profile, 1. if near home wifi, run home task, 2. if near wifi hotspot, run home task.

    Again, it may be because I am still playing with it.

  • firethorn

    Typical. I had this on my wishlist since forever and finally was tired of waiting for a promotion and picked it up last week.

    With any other app I would be annoyed at my own bad timing but with Tasker even at full price it's totally worth every penny.

  • raptor5k

    So I'll definitely have to give it a try. Any advice on how to get started, I'd be a complete beginner with setting up tasks. What's the best online resource for help?

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexslx Alexandre Leites

    For me it shows as R$5,99 (about 3USD), but I have brought it anyway.

  • Syed Altaf Ahamed

    Its showing 2.86 $ for me.....

  • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

    Just bought it. Let's see if I ever get around to using it. XD

    On a side-note, this app is compatible with my Vizio Co-Star. I found that hilarious for some reason.

  • Amar-Singh HSS

    Cost USD 3.03 in Malaysia and advertised as 2.85.

    • http://www.facebook.com/PradeepVizz Pradeep Viswanathan R

      Same here, wonder why this confusion

  • atlouiedog

    I was just lamenting that after tweaking my homescreen to a nice minimalist style I had no good way to control podcasts from it. Pocket Casts widget works well, but doesn't go with the look I designed (well, took from other nicely designed homescreens).

    I used UCCW and Tasker to build a couple of media buttons that are integrated into my homescreen that only work when either my earbuds or bluetooth headset are connected. Not only does it look great, but there will be no more accidentally hitting that play button in public with my speaker volume turned up. $2 well spent.

  • T-Mex

    I tried Tasker and it drained my phone's battery. Not a fan of it. I went with Smart Volume Control+-- much better!

  • Terry

    I bought this app during the deal and now my phone is having problems.....does Tasker drain battery life?

  • Tammy

    Bought this app when they had their sale. Sorry, but not happy. It is not worth it. Way too many issues. I went back to using Smart Volume Control.