on{X} for android

By Johan Stenehall /

New Nexus 7, time for a Nexus 4?

I recently bought an Nexus 7 to play with and had to try one of the best products created by Microsoft, ever. on{X} lets you automate almost anything on your phone. Microsoft have created a couple of different recipes for you but you can easily create new ones using their excellent API.

  • Text a random good morning message to my boyfriend every work day at 8:00 AM
  • Text "I'm in a noisy place, will call you back" when I'm in a noisy place and miss a phone call
  • Launch the Foursquare application when I am at my favorite restaurant for over 10 minutes
  • Turn WiFi on when I arrive at work
  • Remind me to take an umbrella every day the first time I unlock my phone, if it is going to be rainy

Above is just a couple of predefined recipes. If you want to write your own you need to login to their site and create a new recipe. My first attempt at an recipe gives me the current wheather on unlock but only after 60 minutes.

var onLocked;
device.screen.on('off', function () {
  onLocked = 0;
  var now = new Date();
  onLocked = new Date(now.getFullYear(), now.getMonth(), now.getDate(), now.getHours(), now.getMinutes(), 0, 0);

device.screen.on("unlock", function(){

  var timeDiff = Math.floor((new Date().getTime() - onLocked.getTime())  / 1000 ); // Minutes

  if(timeDiff > 60) {
        location: 'Linköping',
        locationtype: 'city',
        unittype: 'm'
      function onSucess (weather, textStatus, response) {
        var messageBox = device.notifications.createMessageBox('Weather info');
        messageBox.content = "It's " + weather.now.temperature + "C, Rain:" + weather.now.rain + "% It's " + weather.now.sky;
        messageBox.buttons = [ 'Ok' ];

The above is currently not working.

on{X} actually makes me want an Android phone. Nexus 4 just came out, right?