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What does Microsoft have to do with Android? One answer is on{x}, a brand new Android app and matching web interface recently launched by Microsoft. The idea behind on{x} is similar to Tasker, because it lets you automate activities based on your phone’s current condition or location. Microsoft on{x} is free to use, and the rules are created and applied through the website.

To start, head over to the Google Play store and download the on{x} app. The app requires Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) or up, so Froyo and Éclair users must wait for the moment. Log into the app and the web interface using your Facebook account (there is currently no other option) and start setting up rules for your phone.

Microsoft on{x} uses a JavaScript API to remotely program your phone, and using this interface you can set your phone to do things like automatically text your wife when you leave work, launch a specific app when you’re walking, set automatic replies to specific text messages, and much more.

You can explore the recipe collection available on the on{x} website to find what you’re looking for, and if you can code, you can also create recipes of your own. There aren’t many recipes currently available, but anyone who writes a rule can upload it for others to use, so Microsoft are probably expecting the recipe book to be filled up quickly.

Watch the official video by Microsoft to learn some more about what on{x} can do.


Did you get a chance to try on{x}? What do you think of it?

Source: on{x}

  1. Austen Gause
    November 26, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    looks cool but tasker looks better

  2. Tanguy Djokovic
    June 12, 2012 at 5:32 am

    do you have to let internet on in permanence?

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 16, 2012 at 6:34 am

      I'm actually not entirely sure since I can't try the app myself, but the way the app works, it make sense that it would need constant data connection in order to work.

      Also, many functions rely on your current location, which also means you need to have GPS enabled for those.

  3. Prajesh Ananthan
    June 8, 2012 at 4:19 am

    How do I get it to work? I have registered and installed it on my phone, Even added a recipe. What's next?

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 8, 2012 at 7:36 am

      I believe that's all you have to do, doesn't it work for you? I can't try it myself because my phone won't run it... which is also annoying.

      • Prajesh Ananthan
        June 9, 2012 at 11:05 am

        Oh it's all right. I got it working. Thanks anyway :)

  4. Shehan Nirmal
    June 8, 2012 at 2:32 am

    That's a good work

  5. Nick Bruce
    June 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    It's interesting that it's (1) not available on Windows Phone and (2) that it needs to be logged into with a Facebook account. I mean, Microsoft does have its on logon service, your Microsoft Account.

    • Leandro Sato
      June 7, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      It’s interesting that it’s (1) not available on Windows Phone ,(2) that it needs to be logged into with a Facebook account (3) they use Google Chrome on the video

      • Nick Bruce
        June 7, 2012 at 10:05 pm

        Google Chrome!? Have they lost their mind? I never even went and watched the video.

        • Nick Bruce
          June 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm

          They actually use both Chrome and IE. If you're careful, you can see the IE window chrome in one of the screenshots.

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 8, 2012 at 7:35 am

      It's not possible for this to work with WP right now, but they're probably planning on a future release. If not, they really are weird. :)

  6. Ben Klaas
    June 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    "using your Facebook account (there is currently no other option)"

    The app looks really cool, but holy cow is that a dealbreaker right there for me.

    • Paul Werner
      June 7, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      That's only going to be the requirement for the beta release:

      • Yaara Lancet
        June 8, 2012 at 8:07 am

        Thanks for the link. I wish the Gingerbread requirement were for beta only too...

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 8, 2012 at 7:34 am

      I agree, it's a bad decision. Lately I feel like all I need Facebook for is to log in to these kinds of websites. I'm not sure what makes a service limit itself like that. At least give people several options, not everyone uses Facebook!

  7. Mihovil Pletikos
    June 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    and is there anything similar for wp7?

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 8, 2012 at 7:33 am

      Not yet. It's not even possible to do this with the current Windows Phone OS. I believe Microsoft are testing the grounds with Android, and will probably make it possible on the next version on WP. But that's just my guess.

      • Mihovil Pletikos
        June 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm

        why it isn't possible?
        and the next version of wp will be i'm sure a part of os...

        • Yaara Lancet
          June 10, 2012 at 7:02 am

          I think the WP OS is too closed for this kind of outside communication. At least the current version. Next version will probably have it too, I agree.

  8. Himanshu Singla
    June 7, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Thats really great app..but can someone let me know if it will work on samsung galaxy ace version 2.2..

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 8, 2012 at 7:32 am

      Unfortunately, it won't. Not at the moment, anyway. I also have an Acer Liquid E running Froyo and it won't work on it. Only Gingerbread (2.3) and up!

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