[Android] Llama automatically changes device settings (silent, WiFi, Bluetooth, etc.) based on time and location

unnamed (5)Llama is an application designed to automate the process of adjusting your device settings (ringer, WiFi, etc.) so you don’t have to worry about remembering to do it yourself. This application is great for people who have difficulty remembering to silence their phones before important events. It is also great for those who would like to automate their device’s other actions to sync up with their daily schedules.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

This application is primarily designed to automate functions of your device that you may forget to do or may have to do frequently. For example, it can automatically change your device to silent based on time, day, and/or location.

 

Pros

  • Automatically change ringer and other settings:
    • 4G
    • APN
    • Accounts sync
    • Airplane mode
    • Bluetooth
    • Car mode
    • GPS
    • Haptic feedback
    • Kill applications
    • Play, pause, and other media buttons
    • Mobile data
    • Reboot
    • Run apps
    • Run shortcuts
    • Screen brightness
    • Screen lock PIN/password
    • Set Llama variables
    • Speakerphone
    • Screen on and off
    • Screen timeout
    • USB storage
    • Vibrate
    • Wallpaper
    • Wifi
    • Wifi hotspot
    • Wifi sleep policy
  • Can create automatic triggers based on:
    • Airplane mode
    • Battery level
    • Bluetooth devices
    • Calendar events
    • Car mode
    • Charging
    • Day of the week
    • Current locations
    • Headset
    • Llama variable
    • Music playback
    • Phone start up and shut down
    • Screen on and off
    • Time of day
    • Wifi networks

Cons

  • GPS toggle and mobile data toggle work on Android 2.3 and earlier only

Discussion

unnamed (4)While it is no secret that people love using their Android devices, they still do not like doing the same tasks over and over. Android devices have a wealth of settings and possible tweaks that may need to be changed depending on what time it is or what location the user is in. As a result, people usually get in the habit of making the exact same adjustments at the exact same time and at the exact same locations day after day. This can get very monotonous and is simply a waste of time. Llama aims to automate the most popular adjustments so you don’t have to fiddle with your device’s settings every time you arrive at a new location or as the day progresses. Having this process taken car of for you can greatly increase your overall fluidity while using your device.

While the concept of this application is extremely simple, the potential use of this application is limitless. In a nutshell, this application will simply adjust specific aspects of your device based on various triggers. The application will be able to adjust things like your ringer, Bluetooth and WiFi toggles, applications, and even screen brightness. The application is actually capable of adjusting nearly every setting you can imagine. Head to the Google Play Store for the full list. Once you know what you want to adjust, you can set a specific location or time that you want to trigger the adjustment. Potential outcomes of this setup could be automatically silencing your phone when you get to work or automatically having your Bluetooth turn on for your morning commute. As you can see, the potential possibilities can go on forever.

The only major issue with this application is how it tracks your location. To get an accurate signal, the application uses phone masts to pinpoint your location. For those of you unfamiliar, phone masts are also known as cell towers. While this is generally successful, it can be an issue if you do not live in a populated area. This application would be better suited to track your location via GPS. However, not accessing your GPS chip will undoubtedly save on your battery life so there a positive aspect to it.

Conclusion and download link

Overall, this application functions flawlessly. The best part is the developer requests that you send them the crash logs if anything goes wrong so bugs are fixed quickly. This indicates that the developer is dead set on making sure the application functions as smoothly as possible on as many devices as possible. As a result, this application has become extremely popular and will undoubtedly remain head of its class. I highly recommend it to all.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 1.2012.12.31.1456

Requires: Android 2.1 and up

Download size: 2mb

Llama on Play Store

[Thanks Andrew!]

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