Microsoft Launches on{x} Automation App For Android [Updates]

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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 onx.ms 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}

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Comments (22)
  • Austen Gause

    looks cool but tasker looks better

  • Tanguy Djokovic

    do you have to let internet on in permanence?

    • Yaara Lancet

      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.

  • Prajesh Ananthan

    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

      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

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

  • Shehan Nirmal

    That’s a good work

  • Nick Bruce

    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

      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

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

    • Nick Bruce

      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

      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. :)

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