New Release – Gmail integration and purchase points

We have just released another update to the Play Store with several very cool features.

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Purchase points (Free version only)

Our free version users can use points to enhance their AutomateIt experience by unlocking Pro features or downloading rules from the rules market. As of this new release points can be purchased from the “Add Points” button on the “Unlock Features” dialog.

Purchase Points

Purchase Points Dialog

New Gmail Trigger

New Gmail TriggerThis trigger allows you to use your Gmail account as a trigger. The trigger monitors a selected label on your Gmail account and is launched whenever a new message is added (or marked as unread) in that label.
To make the most out of this trigger it’s recommended that you create labels and assign filters to organize your inbox and categorize messages.
You can use this trigger to show a special notification upon receipt of a new a message from family members, important messages from work or messages with specific text in the subject or email body.

New Gmail Trigger

New Gmail Trigger

Send Gmail Action

Send Gmail ActionThe “Send Gmail Action” can be used to send a pre-defined email to a list of recipients using your gmail accounts that are configured on the device.
For many users, using the “Send SMS Action” was not an option as it is not available on tablets or could cost money to send a message. For this purpose, sending an email is a perfect solution.
When configuring the action, you are required to select the Gmail account that will be used to send the message. AutomateIt does not require your Gmail account password and instead it uses the built-in functionality to connect with your Gmail account on the device using a standard permission request to use your Gmail to send outgoing messages.
After selecting the Gmail account you can define the list of recipients, subject and email body. You can use all the keywords AutomateIt supports (See below) and use HTML tags in the sent message body.

Send Gmail Action Permission Request

Send Gmail Action Permission Request

SMS Keywords

AutomateIt already supports keywords that can be used in several action such as “Send SMS Action”. This new version adds two keywords:

  • Last SMS Content – This will take the content of the last SMS received on the device
  • Last SMS Sender – This will take the name of the contact who sent the last SMS (If can be found on the device contact list) or will contain the phone number in case the contact is unknown.
SMS Keywords

Select keyword dialog

To take advantage of the new features introduced in the new release, you can download the following rule from the Rules Market to forward all received SMS messages to your Gmail:

Forward SMS to email by AutomateIt Team
Forward all my SMS to gmail
(581 Downloads)

AutomateIt Beta Users Group

We recently launched an exclusive users group that receives early updates of the app, before they are released publicly on the Google  Play Store. For more details check out this post and join our beta users group.

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Join AutomateIt Beta Users Group

We are excited to launch AutomateIt Beta User Group which allows users who want to be first in line to receive new features and updates of AutomateIt, before they are publicly available on the Google Play Store.

This exclusive group will receive updates through the Play Store and no special installation is required for that.

Joining the AutomateIt Beta Users Group is super-easy. Only two steps are required to become an official AutomateIt Beta tester !

Become a Tester

Become a Tester

After completing these two steps, you’ll receive updates through the Play Store that includes both Beta versions and official versions as they are released.

Your feedback and assistance is very appreciated as it helps us make AutomateIt even better !

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AutomateIt Adventure with “App of the day” (AppTurbo)

AppTurboLogoWith hundreds of thousands of apps on the Play Store, one of the main challenges of every app is getting noticed and downloaded by lots of users. Every app developer out there knows what we are talking about.

A few weeks ago we were approached by AppTurbo team and they asked if we would like to publish AutomateIt with them. Those of you who are not familiar with AppTurbo (AKA “App of the day”) – What they basically do is connect with app developers and promote a paid app for 24 hours for FREE (or with in-app bonuses, depends on the app).

This deal sounds very interesting and we decided to give it a try – on the day of the promotion, users who have registered to the rules market using the “appoftheday” promo code, were awarded with 150 points that they can use to unlock Pro features or download rules from the market (usually, it’s 30 points).

We figured, “Ok, that will get us some new users”. If only we knew what was coming our way…

Things started to look interesting when morning came to Australia which was first to receive this deal. We started seeing lots of users registering from there. it then rolled on to Russia and exploded when it reached Italy (and later on to Spain, Canada, Brazil and more).

What do we mean by “exploded” you might ask. Well, let’s say that from our servers perspective, it looked like a DDoS attack (But in a good way). Our servers literally couldn’t take it and went down several times until we upgraded them significantly to handle the load during that “attack”. Just to show you how it looked like from our point of view – this is a CPU chart of one of our servers during the promotion:

CPU usage graph

CPU usage graph

During the promotion we’ve seen amazing download and registration numbers (up to several thousands registered users within a single hour!) mostly from Europe but also some nice numbers from Australia, Mexico, Brazil and Canada.

Downloads per country

Downloads per country

At the end of the day, we had over 60,000 downloads during the 24 hours promotion alone, not mentioning the thousands of additional downloads since then, due to the extreme change in our app ranking pushing AutomateIt up to 2nd place (!) in the productivity category in Italy (Only surpassed by Adobe Reader, and just before ES File Expolrer, Google Drive and Dropbox) and in many other countries.

App ranking (from AppAnnie.com)

App ranking (from AppAnnie.com)

App Ranking - Productivity - Italy (from AppAnnie.com)

App Ranking – Productivity – Italy (from AppAnnie.com)

Overall, we are still excited about that campaign and look forward to seeing where it takes AutomateIt in the future.

So, if you are an app developer and looking for a great way to promote your app, we have no doubt in mind that AppTurbo delivers what they say, but we still recommend that you consider the following pointers:

  • We had tons of support emails received during the promotion so stay alert for that. lots of the emails had to do with the promo code being used incorrectly so we credited these users. Just to give you a sense of what we mean – there were over 200 different ways that the promo code was misspelled (“appofftheday”, “App Of The Day”, “apphoftheday” and many many more…)
  • If you are using some sort of back-end for your app, have your IT team ready for trouble :-)

We’d like to take this opportunity to welcome our new users for joining the AutomateIt community. Hope you’ll enjoy the app and make the most out of it.

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New release – Features requested by users

Another update for AutomateIt was just released to the Play Store. for this update we set the focus on users requests as published on our feature request forum.

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Call Answered

Call State TriggerOne of the features requested by several users (Both on emails and here) is to trigger rules when a call is answered and not just when ringing or dialing a number. This update adds a new state for the “Call State Trigger” that can be used to set that trigger when an incoming call is answered and when an outgoing call is initiated.

Use Wifi network SSID

Multiple feature requests have been posted on our forums to use only the SSID of a network instead of its MAC Address to support areas where a network has the same name but multiple access points (See here, here or here). With this update, a new parameter is added to the “Wifi Network Connection State Trigger” and allows you to set “Use SSID” flag to only consider the network name and not its address.

Use SSID Parameter

Use SSID Parameter

Activity Recognition Confidence Level

The Activity Recognition Trigger was introduced as an experimental feature just a month ago, and this update includes our first enhancement to that trigger. From users feedback and from continuous testing, it appears that the trigger was a bit too sensitive so this update adds a new parameter named “Confidence Level”.

Confidence Level

Confidence Level

Settings this parameter gives you more control over the sensitivity of the trigger so in case you feel it is too sensitive, set the confidence level to “High”, but if you feel that it doesn’t launch when it should then set it to “Low” or “Very Low”.

The confidence level was also added to the rule log so you can see what activity is identified by AutomateIt and in which confidence level.

  • High confidence means that there is over 95% certainty that the identified activity is correct
  • Normal – Over 75%
  • Low – Over 55%
  • Very Low – Over 35%

Bug Fixes

  • Tweet rules from the rules market
  • Don’t show popups for delayed execution if set to NO
  • Stability improvements
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AutomateIt is featured on Google Play Store !

In case you missed it, AutomateIt Pro is currently featured on Google Play Store home page !

This is a great opportunity to thank our users who keeps on suggesting great features for AutomateIt and help us make it better.

Download AutomateIt

Download AutomateIt Pro

AutomateIt is featured

Google Play Store Website

AutomateIt is featured

Google Play Store app

 

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New release – Vibrate Pattern and Tablet support

Another exciting update for AutomateIt was just released to the Play Store.
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Enhanced Vibrate Action

Vibrate ActionThis update includes a significant improvement for the “Vibrate Action” which allows you to define a vibrate pattern instead of a single vibrate time. This allows to to get creative and sett different vibrate patterns for various triggers to identify calls from specific contacts, reminders and many more.

Defining a vibrate pattern is very easy and requires setting vibrate time followed by pause time (each ranging from 100 ms to 1 sec).

You can have as many “Vibrate” or “Pause”  operations as you’d like by clicking the “Add” button as can be seen on the following screenshot.

Vibrate pattern

Vibrate pattern

Created an interesting vibrate pattern ? Please share it as a rule on the Rules Market so others can easily use it.

Improved Tablet Support

AutomateIt already supports tablets (both 7-inch and 10-inch) but this update takes it a step further and  makes it look even better on these devices. Check out the screenshots on the Play Store, or even better – download AutomateIt on your Tablet !

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New release – Activity Recognition !

Another exciting update for AutomateIt was just released to the Play Store.
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Activity Recognition !

Activity recognition triggerOne of the most common questions our users ask is – “Is there any way to launch a rule when I start driving ? or running ?”. Until now, we had to use all kinds of workarounds for that. but no more !

The Activity Recognition Trigger allows you to easily create a rule that will decide if you are currently driving a car, bicycle, walking or just standing still.

Please note that this trigger is still an experimental feature as it relies on a service provided by Google that was launched just 2 days ago !

Activity Recognition Trigger Setup

Activity Recognition Trigger Setup

Show popup when rule launched

We’ve added a new setting that allows you to configure whether you want a popup message when each rule is launched or not. Until now, this was only supported as a global setting for all rules from the settings screen.

  • Default – use the global setting from the settings screen
  • Yes – always show popup when this rule is launched
  • No – Never show popup when this rule is launched

Show popup when rule launched

Support Forums

The support forums were introduced with our previous update but they are starting to gain lots of great ideas for features and you are welcome to join the conversation.

How can we help you ?

How can we help you ?

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New release – Mobile data trigger and support forums

AutomateIt update was just released to the Play Store. This update has a new mobile data trigger and introduces our support forums.
It also provides a limited time offer for Pro users – No points are required to download rules from the rules market !

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No points required !

Our Pro users can enjoy a limited time offer to download rules from the rules market without any points required !
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Mobile Data Trigger

This trigger is launched when your mobile data setting is enabled or disabled.

Mobile Data Setting - Screenshot taken on Jelly Bean

Mobile Data Setting – Screenshot taken on Jelly Bean

Support Forums

Due to an increasing number of support emails and to allow better communication between AutomateIt users and our support team, we are excited to launch our support forums that can be used to ask questions about the app, request features and get help in creating your rules from other users and our support team.
The forums are accessible from within the app by clicking the “Support” option on the app “More…” menu:

How can we help you ?

How can we help you ?

By selecting one of the options on the “How can we help you ?” menu you’ll be redirected to the relevant forum. One exception is the “Report a bug” option which will generate a support email with additional information that can be used to investigate the reported bug.

Forums

Forums

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New Release – Weather trigger

A new update to AutomateIt was just released and introduces a new and exceptional trigger that allows you to define rules based upon the weather forecast at your location or a pre-defined location.
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Weather Trigger

This new trigger is based upon data received from Nooly Micro Weather service that aims to provide the most accurate weather forecast, in 5 minutes intervals allowing you to be notified minutes before rain starts.

Using this new trigger you can create rules based upon expected precipitation or temperature at your location or a pre-defined location.

Nooly weather trigger screenshot

Nooly weather trigger screenshot

Nooly currently supports only U.S. and Canadian locations (see coverage area at the image below). Those of you outside of the supported area can use this trigger to monitor locations of interest, such as the default location which is the location of the Android statues at Google HQ.

Nooly service supported area

Nooly service supported area

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Nominate AutomateIt as most useful app on BestAppEver

Last year AutomateIt has won 3rd place as the most innovative app on the BestAppEver Website.

This year, we are going for the “Most Useful App” category !
Help us by nominating AutomateIt at the following link:

Nominate AutomateIt-Automate Your Droid for Most Useful App

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