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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 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?
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.
It’s pretty cool because using the right settings could benefit you greatly. For example, switching mobile data off saves battery life, 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? 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.
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) [No longer available]
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