Android has always been known as a system open for deep integration with third-party applications, allowing us to automate our devices through services such as Tasker and IFTTT. However, Google intends to change this with Android Q, and wants to make it difficult for applications to hook into the operating system as a security measure. To compensate for this, it seems that the company is working on a rule application, much like the rudimentary Tasker, which allows you to reproduce some of your abilities natively.
XDA developers have discovered a disabled APK system called SettingsIntelligence (which actually pops up in Android Pie already) and delves into it. The string inside is pretty straightforward in explaining what the app should do once it's done:
The application will be located in Android settings and will allow users to automate switches that are regularly turned on and off in settings. Currently, there are only strings that show support for automatic WiFi setup and location rules, such as turning off WiFi after leaving a certain place or at certain times of the day. Once a rule is enabled, Android will send users a notification that it is performing a specific action.
Currently, functionality seems to be significantly reduced compared to Tasker, even if we suppose that we could automate every single switch in the settings. We'll have to wait and see what development the Rules app gets before we evaluate it in a pre-released state. It can develop very well over time.
The application may not even be developed with Tasker in mind, but with other competitors: It looks a lot like Samsung's Bixby Rutines or Apple's Shortcuts, which allow the same rules. In particular, the latter can show us where the Rules app is, since Apple allows users to create powerful rules and workflows that are also integrated with third-party applications ̵
Our friends at XDA Developers have deepened into the Rules for the recently released Android Q Beta 5. Obviously, Tasker imitation is already fully functional. The team was able to create and activate rules for the Pixel 2 XL, although they speculated that only the upcoming Pixel 4 could get the feature on launch, since Google had never talked about the new functionality during the Q preview phase.
After activating the APK with rules, the options for adding routines to your phone are located under Settings> System which does not seem to be the most convenient place for placement – we can assume that they get a better place after the functionality is officially turned to the user.
Live on stable Android 10 for some
In Reddit, Pixel 2 and 3 owners of Android 10 report that they have received a new entry in system settings called Rules. In it, they can set up all the aforementioned routine programs, similar to Tasker, XDA Developer, found in previous beta versions. We're not sure if this happens by accidental implementation or if Google starts making the Policy public, but we hope more of us will get the functionality soon.