Google is rolling out ‘Rules’, but only for a few Pixel users
If you’ve ever used the Routines feature on Google Assistant, you’re likely to enjoy Google’s plans for Android 10. One of these includes something the company is calling rules, which is basically a way for you to automatically modify specific settings on your phone to suit different scenarios.
Similar to how Assistant’s Routines work, ‘Rules’ can automate a lot of the menial setting scrimmaging you likely do on a daily basis — minus the soothing effect of having a digital nanny cater to all your needs.
The feature is also far more barebones compared to what you’d get with Routines. It currently only supports two types of triggers — location and Wi-Fi network — and only offers you a selection of four resultant actions: turning on ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode or changing the phone’s profile between silent, vibrate, and ring. That’s not a lot of options, but as you juggle work/university and a personal life, having your phone automatically set to silent before a lecture is likely going to save you a lot of embarrassment in life (I speak from experience).
Third-party apps made for the purpose of automating your workflow on the smartphone, like Tasker, will definitely leave ‘Rules’ in the dust, but for simple automation, it may not be that terrible, either. And if you’re the kind of power user who’d be interest