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Android App Updates April 11, 2014: Tasker, OneNote, Pocket and More

April 11, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Tasker Updates to v4.3 and brings loads of updates and Improvements

Everyone’s favorite automation app, Tasker got a nice update this week. If you’re interested, here’s the complete list of what’s new.

state Humidity (where supported by hardware, untested), action Say: parameter Use Network: improves speech synthesis with some engines (API 15+), action Alert / Beep, action Alert / Morse, action List Files: added Use Root parameter (requires rooted device to use), permission RECEIVE_SMS for new Android 4.4+ SMS support, state Cell Near, %CELL… vars: support for JellyBean+ cell info API, task edit: added ‘paste below’ multi-select option when last item of task selected (and clipboard not empty), time context: variable specification possibility (not in beginner mode), time edit: improved layout for some devices, %%var: meaning: “the variable whose name is held in %var”, action Read Binary: load binary data from a file into a variable in base 64 format, action Write Binary: write base 64 data from a variable to a file in binary format, state BT Near, relevant Monitor Prefs settings, and corresponding entries in action Set Tasker Pref, settings actions: Dream Settings, NFC Settings, NFC, Payment Settings, Android Beam Settings, action Scan Card: specifying a directory will recursively scan it, state Wifi Near: support for ‘Scan always available’ (Android wifi setting), action Phone / Set SMS App (change default, Android 4.4+), Prefs / Data / Share, Prefs / Data / Description, state Power: support for Note 3 values (why oh why did they make new ones…), scene edit: a-z element selector: long-click entry to show options for element (hide etc), Run Log: log monitor and exe service start/restart/stop, action Set Tasker Pref: humidity sensor entry, app creation: kid app launch data is available in %intent_data in the launch task, HTTP Post/Get:, parameter Ignore SSL Anchor Errors, App Context: App button, MTK Control to list of suggested action plugins, action edit: action number in action bar, state: Ethernet Connected, action Load Image: parameter Max Width Or Height, Services flag for app context, action Set Timer (system timer) (KitKat+)), action MIDI Play, user guide, section on MIDI, action edit: search menu option, state Variable Value: multi conditions, multiple If conditions in actions.

Dropbox updates with yet another new icon

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This week Dropbox actually had a few announcements. But they also updated their Dropbox app for Android which saw a new logo and a few other changes:

Resolves issue preventing 3rd party app authentication, Set up Dropbox on your computer using your phone’s camera, New icon, and New file/folder icons in app

United Airlines Updates as well

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United Airlines updated their Android app this week as well. The app now looks more like an Android app with all the holo features, which is great to see. Complete with plenty of gestures and Android’s Hamburger slide-out drawer.

Pocket Updates with KitKat features


If you’re one that uses Pocket on your Android devices, then you’re going to love this update – especially if you have KitKat already. The developers at Pocket updated their app this week to feature a few of the KitKat features Google announced last fall. That also includes immersive mode. Which looks the best on phones with soft keys like the Nexus 5, LG G2, and HTC One M8.

Microsoft OneNote also Updated

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This week’s update now allows you to create notebooks and sections from your Android device. It’s hard to imagine that, that wasn’t possible before this update. But at least it’s here now. So for those of you that prefer OneNote over Evernote, head on over to the Play Store and grab your update.