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Total automation, from settings to SMS

Total automation, from settings to SMS

There's not much an Android smartphone or tablet can't do. Just off the top of my head, there's navigating, calling, texting, to-do lists, taking notes, gaming, watching videos, listening to music, surfing the Internet, taking pictures and videos, and the list could go on for a while.

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Still, for some people that's not enough. Instead of just customizing what your gadget does, you might want to tweak how it does it.

Not sure what I mean? Well, here's an example.

Your smartphone alarm goes off in the morning. You wake up and turn the phone from its face on to its back. Immediately, the alarm stops, the Wi-Fi turns on and the weather app loads up the daily weather and traffic report.

You get ready for your day and walk out the door. As you get in the car, your phone's Bluetooth connects to the car's stereo automatically and shifts to driving mode. If anyone calls or texts you, they'll get a response that you're on the road and will get back to them when you're at work.

When you arrive at work, you place your phone face down and it quiets your notifications so you can work without distraction. If you want to see what's going on, you just flip it over.

As you're leaving work, a calendar event triggers a reminder that you need to meet your spouse for dinner. The phone pulls up a map for you and then when you hop in the car it fires off a text to your spouse that you're on your way.

And so on. The idea is that you can customize your gadget to make everyday tasks much simpler. Sound like science fiction or a job for a high-level programmer? Well, it's neither.

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