March 29, 2015

Microsoft wants to automate your life with new on{X} app for Android


Microsoft today introduced a new Android application which aims to automate your life with custom alerts and notifications.  Called on{x}, the app lets users create somewhat detailed rules that run and/or respond to events on their handset or tablet.  Let’s say you want your phone to automatically tell your girlfriend where you are with exact coordinates every time she texts “where” to you.  Done.  Maybe you need an extra prompt to get your butt to the gym.  You can configure on{X} to remind you should you skip out a few days in a row.

Example scenarios and rules on{X} could enable:

  • Show me the quickest route to work when I leave home
  • Launch the music app when I am running
  • Remind me to take an umbrella first time I unlock my device on a given day, if it is forecast to rain
  • Launch my calendar when I get to work
  • Remind me to visit the Gym if I haven’t been there for 3  days

You can download on{X} from the Google Play Store today and get started with some notifications and alerts!  NOTE: You will need to register with a Facebook ID.  For more details on what on{X} is and how you might be able to harness its capabilities, head to the Bing blog.

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  1. Dave Freeman

    Nice idea, and I like that it’s all-encompassing. But I no longer use FaceBook, and you cannot use this app without it. Not going to happen.

    • Alexey Solofnenko

      Pretty much my reaction too. Why does it require Facebook login?

      • MagicMiguel

        I bet it’s to help with Facebook’s mobile strategy. Probably somewhere in the terms it says that Facebook collects anonymous data about how we use our phones. No matter, Tasker provides similar functionality without having to share data with Microsoft and Facebook.

  2. Andy_in_Indy

    This is one of the smartest things I have seen Microsoft do in a long time! They can track the rules we make and pick the most popular ones to add to their own mobile OS (and/or include them in app updates).

  3. Brian Knapp

    Would have liked to have tried this, but I’m not willing to have a Facebook account. Oh well.

  4. Infidel

    HOLY FUCKING DOG BALLS. They just COMPLETELY stole this from

    What. The. Shit.


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