on{x} brings powerful scripting to smartphones, starting with Android

Microsoft has unveiled an exciting new scripting platform called on{X}, which takes advantage of your smartphone’s sensors to help you “automate your life” in a very powerful but power-friendly way. Using on{X} requires writing a bit of code, so the Redmond-based software giant is aiming it at developers and enthusiasts.

Put simply, on{X} allows you to use JavaScript to create rules which run on your smartphone in the background. When a pre-determined event occurs, on{X} triggers an action. These actions could be as simple as showing you the weather in the morning or as complex as auto-responding to a text message from a specific person with your current location if you’re in a vehicle. This can be accomplished using anything from text messages and phone calls to GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, gyro, and much more.

Microsoft’s on{X} is currently only available in beta form on Android, but the team is working to bring it to more platforms in the future. It should be noted that a Facebook account is required to log into on{X}, and the app needs to be authenticated by Google. That being said, on{X} opens up a wide range of things you can do on your Android handset with just a few lines of code. The possibilities are endless.

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William Devereux

William Devereux is the former Microsoft editor at Pocketables, as well as a Microsoft MVP and SkyDrive/Outlook.com Insider. As his title implies, he wrote about all things from Redmond, including Windows 8 and Windows Phone. He is currently carrying a Windows Phone 8X by HTC and a Microsoft Surface with Windows RT tablet.