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Miss the Spotify widget? You can bring it back with Tasker and KWGT

Earlier this week, Spotify unceremoniously killed its Android widget, taking away home screen-based controls for the streaming service. Odds are that most of you didn't notice — or if you did, you probably didn't care too much since you can still use the ongoing notification's controls during playback — but for those that were upset at the loss, there's a workaround. Using Tasker and KWGT, you can re-create a convincing approximation of Spotify's lost widget.

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Tasker updated to v5.8 with new features for third-party apps, Bluetooth, and more

When you need to automate something on your phone, there's a good chance Tasker can do it. You just need to learn how to use it. Now, the app can do even more things, assuming you have the patience to figure them out. In v5.8, Tasker has picked up more features related to third-party apps, Bluetooth connections, HTTP requests, and more.

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[Update: Functional in Beta 5] Hints for Tasker-like Settings Rules surface on Android Q

Android has always been known as a system open to deep integrations with third-party applications, allowing us to automate our devices through services like Tasker and IFTTT. However, Google intends to change that with Android Q and wants to make it harder for apps to hook into the OS as a security measure. To compensate this, the company now appears to be working on a Rules app similar to a very rudimentary Tasker that allows you to reproduce some of its abilities natively.

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Scrypted is like Tasker for home automation, integrates with Google Home, Alexa, and HomeKit

There are a plethora of different home automation platforms like SmartThings, HomeKit, Wink, Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and many more. Some of them play together nicely, but once you're mixing and matching, you're going to end up with a bunch of apps and hubs to control all of your devices, and some features just won't work with the provided software. Koushik Dutta (or Koush), the developer of beloved tools like ClockworkMod, has run into these limitations. To overcome his issues, he simply created a smart home hub himself that allows users and developers to script their own actions to interconnect their devices, similar to Tasker.

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Mammoth Tasker v5.7 update brings WaveNet voices, nav bar actions, and more [APK Download]

Automation mega-app Tasker has a new update out, and it's a big one.  The app, which recently changed hands, is now on v5.7, bringing new NFC, keyboard, and nav bar actions, amongst other things.

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Android Q won't let apps turn Wi-Fi on and off, potentially crippling apps like Tasker

Android is known and loved for the extensive amount of automation and customization that can be achieved through its APIs. One of those is giving apps the ability to turn on and off Wi-Fi without user input. Tasker and IFTTT are major beneficiaries of this capability, but there is always malware that could abuse access to that system feature. To prevent that, Android Q will cut off apps' access to Wi-Fi settings.

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The Bixby button can be remapped to just about anything with Tasker

The Bixby button has been controversial since it was first introduced, especially since Samsung has been hesitant to let anyone change its function. It would be far more useful as a quick way to activate Google Assistant, but instead, it can only open the worst voice assistant. João Dias, developer of Tasker and other great apps, has created a solution.

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Tasker beta can now use WaveNet tech for natural-sounding speech, including an old lady voice

Tasker, the Android automation behemoth, is a tool limited only by your imagination — it has been used for everything from improving personal workflows to interfacing with enterprise systems. In the newest beta release, 5.7.0-beta, developer Joaomgcd demoed an interesting new feature, "Say Wavenet", which brings natural sounding Text-to-Speech to Tasker using Google's WaveNet algorithm (the same technology that powers Assistant responses).

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[Update: Maybe not] Tasker to lose SMS and phone call functionality because of Google security changes

Google has started taking Android security much more seriously in recent years, removing dangerous permissions and implementing new privacy tools. Seeing Google clobber bad apps is an unabashedly good thing, but sometimes an app we love gets caught in the crossfire. Case in point: Tasker is about to lose major pieces of its functionality because of Google's crackdown on app permissions.

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Tasker updated to v5.5 with easy importing, Google Drive backup, and much more [APK Download]

Powerful Android automation app Tasker changed hands to joaomgcd in the summer, and it continues to go from strength to strength. The latest release takes it up to version 5.5, and there are a host of additions including better import/export functionality, Google Drive integration, and custom setting monitoring.

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