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Every app has different needs. Dropbox might need Wi-Fi, your music player might need Bluetooth, and so on. µTask is a new app that lets you set up custom profiles for each app so that your phone’s settings change according to an app’s needs.

You can already automate your Android to do just about anything How To Automate Your Android Smartphone To Do Just About Anything How To Automate Your Android Smartphone To Do Just About Anything Having a smartphone can make your life a whole lot more convenient. When you're lost, it can help you find your way home. When you're in a strange town that you don't know and want... Read More based on events, locations or other triggers, but uTask has a clear focus: it wants each app to have its own settings on your phone.

So what does uTask do?

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Fire up uTask and what greets you first is the ease and simplicity of the interface. Choose an application and you can start adjusting how you want your phone’s settings to be whenever you are using it. The settings on offer are:

  • Brightness: Auto or manual preset
  • Volume: Default or manual preset
  • Mobile data: On or off
  • Wi-Fi: On or off
  • Bluetooth: On or off
  • GPS: On or off
  • Sync: On or off

Once you have configured it to your liking, save the profile and you are good to go. It’s really that easy. The next time you activate that app, a small toast notification will tell you something like “Switching to <appname> task”. It just works and that’s the beauty of uTask.

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It’s pretty cool because using the right settings could benefit you greatly. For example, switching mobile data off saves battery life How to Make Your Phone's Battery Last Longer and Hold More Juice How to Make Your Phone's Battery Last Longer and Hold More Juice Battery life is one of the biggest struggles of modern-day electronics. Smartphones, tablets, and laptops all deal with it -- so what can you do to maximize the amount of time you get per charge? Read More , so why not tell an app like Dropbox to only use Wi-Fi instead of syncing over 3G?

Why uTask over Tasker?

Many users are bound to think the same thing: why would I use this over Tasker, which is perhaps the best automation app for Android Tasker For Android: A Mobile App That Caters to Your Every Whim Tasker For Android: A Mobile App That Caters to Your Every Whim When it comes to device automation, there's just one 900-lb gorilla in the Android space, and that's Tasker. True, Llama is an awesome free automation app, but it doesn't aim for Tasker's full power. Tasker... Read More ? As a Tasker user, I would still use uTask because of two reasons: simplicity and seamless switching.

If you need to set up rules in Tasker for an app, it’s not an easy or intuitive process. In fact, if you don’t know what you are doing, you will get overwhelmed by the many choices it offers. But uTask keeps it simple and it takes no more than a few seconds to get an app set up.

The other reason—and this is the biggie that concerns performance—is that uTask switches these profiles seamlessly when you multitask between apps, not just when you first launch them. So if you have set YouTube to use brightness on full and Dropbox to drop it down, your screen will obey when you switch between these apps.

Of Payments And Roots

The default version of uTask is completely free and doesn’t require to be rooted. But if you want to get the most out of it, those two elements come in.

The free uTask lets you set up two app profiles, which is enough to get an idea of how uTask works and what you can do with it. To set up any more, you will need to pay $3 to unlock uTask Pro, removing all restrictions.

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The aforementioned settings are available whether your device is rooted or not. But in case it is rooted (PSA: Android rooting guide), uTask unlocks a few other tweaks you can do:

  • CPU governor
  • Maximum CPU frequency
  • Minimum CPU frequency
  • IO scheduler
  • Read ahead buffer
  • TCP congestion algorithm
  • High audio performances on/off
  • High wifi performances (wifi_pm) on/off

Even if your device is not rooted, uTask is completely worth the $3, but well, don’t take our word for it, you can try it before you buy it!

Download: uTask for Android (Free | $3 to unlock Pro)

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  1. android underground
    May 28, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Llama can do everything that uTask does, and more. It's a lot easier to configure than Tasker, and Llama gives you all of its features for free.

  2. Finnen
    May 27, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Ahh, looks nice, but still no feature that I'm looking for - an ability to choose different keyboard / input method for different apps. I'm using good old T9 method for writing messages, yet for my browser or Google Play (where I write down names of apps in search box) I'd prefer having QWERTY enabled by default. Does anyone know of an app like that?

    • Tony Karakashian
      May 27, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Yup, but you'll need more than a single app to make it happen:

      1. You need to be rooted as only a root-enable app can change the keyboard.
      2. Tasker.
      3. Secure Settings plugin (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.intangibleobject.securesettings.plugin)

      Secure Settings is the component that adds the ability to switch the keyboard. I use it for two different apps. When I launch ConnectBot, Tasker automatically switches to Hacker's Keyboard, and when I connect to my Bluetooth keyboard, it switches to a "keyboard" that doesn't actually do anything. This prevents the soft keyboard popping up whenever I'm in a text field, which I obviously don't need because I have a physical keyboard now connected.

      You just need to remember to setup an exit task to swap back your default keyboard on app close.

    • Tony Karakashian
      May 27, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      "As a Tasker user, I would still use uTask because of two reasons: simplicity and seamless switching."

      I guess I'm not sure what you mean by this statement. It's really not hard to setup tweaks like this using Tasker. In fact, it's downright simple: create a new profile, select "App" as the trigger category, pick the app you want to tweak. As long as you make sure to set an exit task, the tweaks applied will only happen when the app is in the forefront.

    • Tony Karakashian
      May 27, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Hmmm...my reply didn't post. In any case: Tasker + Secure Settings can do this for you. I have similar setups: when I launch ConnectBot, my keyboard is switched to Hacker's Keyboard, when in anything else I use the standard Android keyboard. You will need to be rooted for this.

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