The new activity recognition features introduced in the latest Google Play services update are just two days old, but SmarterApps has already released an AutomateIt update in the Play Store that takes advantage of the new functionality. The latest version touts the ability to make your phone smart enough to automate different tasks depending on if you're walking, running, biking, or driving.


The new sync adapter brought in via Wednesday's Google Play services update introduces a location reporting API, a task that previously was performed within apps themselves locally. Apps can now request location data from the new, more efficient fused location provider that's a part of Google Play Services, rather than having to work through Android's built-in location APIs that call on GPS / Wi-Fi / network location. New software, for example, will check in with Google to tell whether a user is being active or doing nothing at all.

AutomateIt is a well-established Tasker alternative that manages Android phones using a more simplistic interface at a fraction of the cost. Activity Recognition has been implemented as one of the many triggers the app already offers, and it fits nicely into the pre-existing layout. Those who are already familiar with the app can simply set their activity as a trigger and create a new rule the way they always have.

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The new features are advertised as experimental, and from my experience, that label is apt. I haven't played around with AutomateIt for long, but I haven't been able to get the new features to work on my phone. This may have something to do with the sad fact that my current phone, a Kyocera Rise, is rather cheap. Your luck may vary.

Thanks, Yaron.

Source: AutomateIT

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • NathanDrago

    For me, this is an unsatisfactory review. You can't leave the reader wondering if the app is broken or your phone is. Please verify with a decent phone before publishing the article.
    I hope this suggestion will help you in your future writings.

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

      It's not a review, it's a news post. The fact that he went and tried it on his device rather than just write about it is extra information on the side.

      Having said that, I agree with you that in this case a few more tests on other devices are welcomed. Has anyone had issues with getting the new feature to work?

      • NathanDrago

        Thanks for the feedback, Artem! I have badly chosen my words... I should have written "news post" rather than "review".
        I still think that researches should have some kind of priority over publishing times, the same way quality should have some kind of priority over quantity. That's what makes Android Police so great ;-)

    • andy_o

      Where does it say "review"? I CTRL+F'd and everything.

    • squiddy20

      You must be new to the Internet. For every review of anything on this site, be it an app, phone, tablet, or other accessory (ranging from backpacks to headphones), there is always an indication that it is, in fact, a review. It is most often put as the first or last word in the title. If this had been a review, it would have read something like "[Review] AutomateIt Becomes First App...". This is generally how it is across most major tech blogs. smh

    • FadyMahfouz

      You don't have to be a douche. Having a high-end smartphone doesn't entitles you to be one.

    • Alan Shearer

      Sorry dumas, but this is not a review, this is news, and an interestig app at that, will check it out. 4.2.2 galaxy nexus paranoid android rom.

  • Rob

    Anyone else seeing a huge battery drain from this new Fused Location provider? I saw this recently on my GNexus and it was grabbing 42% of the battery. :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/abhikurve Abhi Kurve

    Now bring this to tasker please! :D

  • Кристијан Ристовски

    If you want to use Activity Recognition in Tasker, use this plugin, it's new and it works perfect! https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.joaomgcd.autolocation

    • Paul_Werner

      Do you have a working link for this. I'd like to try this out but just get a 404 at the first link you gave and the one on the G+ Community (which is probably just the same one)

  • Guest

    Can tasker do this? Honest question because I don't know... if not, can it be combines with Tasker?

  • spydie

    you're running a Kyocera Rise and writing tech articles for the latest stuff? I think you need to go flip hamburgers at macdonalds.

    • Jusayn

      Yes, of course. Just as every automobile reviewer should at least own a Ferrari, or every review of outdoor gear should be written by someone who has scaled Everest.