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How many task managers that keep track of To-Do items can we need on Android? The creators of Taskos, which in itself is a task list manager, thought we were in such dire need for one more that they had to one-up even themselves and create Any.DO.

Any.DO has a completely new interface that is so slick that you will find yourself wondering whether you're running an Android app at all. In fact, it's kind of reminiscent of a style Windows Phone 7 uses, but don't freak out - that's actually a good thing. Fresh, fluid, and extremely clean - it is a breath of fresh air from the second you start using it.

Any.DO has the task list management features you would expect from an app in this space, but its UI is where it really shines. The app lets you:

  • Start typing and see predictions what you're trying to do (this seems to be some sort of a crowd-sourced list of tasks, probably from their Taskos database - I sure hope they put precautions in place so that this personal info never shows up as someone else's suggestion). It seems to work for basic things, like "walk/walk the dog" or if you try to type in a contact's name and click on it, you get quick prompts to Call/Meet/Text/Email that contact.
  • Create folders/categories for your tasks.
  • Change task priority (currently it seems to be limited to just low and high priorities, which is odd, although it is indeed simple).
  • Slice and dice your tasks by date, folder, and priority.
  • Drag and drop tasks.
  • Swipe to complete tasks.
  • Shake to clear completed tasks (though I'd also like an ability to delete tasks without having to complete them).
  • Set reminders, including basic recurrence.
  • Add notes.
  • Add widgets to your homescreens (3x3 and 1x4).
  • Set a black or white theme.
  • Automatically and manually back up and restore tasks.
  • Sync with Google Tasks, with plans to sync with other sources in the future (though I got the feeling this section was used simply for SEO tags).
  • Share tasks with others and get notified when shared tasks are updated.

Any.DO creators emphasize that one of the differentiating factors of the app is the ability to share tasks with friends and family without the need for creating accounts in advance, or even using any apps on the other end. This indeed is cool, but in my tests sharing to someone's email either didn't work at all (email never arrived) or the email did arrive but clicking "Sure, count me in" didn't actually do anything other than go to Any.do.

An iOS app, browser support, and a Chrome add-on all seem to be in development right now, so that might explain why sharing didn't work as expected.

I'm also confident that the team of 12 talented guys, who all look surprisingly similar (check them out here and run your mouse around the screen for added fun) and got Taskos to over 1,000,000 downloads will quickly sort out all the bugs. And they'll have to, as word on the street is Taskos users will be offered to migrate to Any.DO soon.

Check out this quick overview of the app I shot earlier today along with the screenshots, then grab it for a cool price of free ninety-nine:

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Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • http://Gplus.to/EddieDiaz PHADE

    Thank you Any.Do for providing a Black Theme and thank you Android Police for giving me the heads up that they finally released it in the Android Market.

  • caliber

    Am I seeing this right? Running the initial setup for this app adds an icon to my desktop without my permission?

    That is seriously not cool.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It's a setting in the new 3.3.11 Market. Go check your Market settings - apps have no control of that (as far as I know).

      • Bobby Tables

        Nope, the app does that all by itself ... just tested it. While I don't think it's that much of a deal it's still kind of rude.
        But in the end pretty much every app has it's drawbacks and this one's a tiny one.

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          I didn't know this was possible before Honeycomb. Or are you guys using tablets? I've seen many apps do it on tablets.

      • Bobby Tables

        I use a HTC Desire with CM7.1, so no tablet. I saw apps do that before but they at least asked (sorry, can't remember which apps it were). I think one of the alternative browsers has a button to add a shortcut to the homescreen.
        The link creation seems to be an undocumented interface and is not part of the official SDK according to http://stackoverflow.com/questions/6337431/android-create-shortcuts-on-the-home-screen/6337645#6337645

        • Wam31

          I know an app that can do that.
          Springpad, for example, can create a todo list shortcut on your desktop from the app activity.

  • x

    gonna test it. hope the gtask support is good

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Give it a few days just in case you find bugs and report bugs you do find in the app's settings (or send them to android-feedback at any.do).

  • Joni

    Great review! Another cool feature that wasn't mentioned is the possibility to arrange the list by dragging and dropping tasks.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Indeed, forgot to mention it.

  • zach

    I think the bigger news here is the plan to move comments to Disqus!

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

      I saw that too! Sweet!

  • http://verb0ze.net verboze

    This app is simply GORGEOUS! I'm currently satisfied with GTasks, but I'm a sucker for clean design. That alone is enough reason to give this a try.

  • johnw

    Geesh. Those are some heavy permissions just for a task list. Anybody sweating that? AP, any word on these Devs? U trust them?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I don't see any permissions that can't be explained. SD cards are needed for task list backup, accounts (there is still a prompt to approve initial setup) are for gTasks integration, contact list to help predict tasks and share them better, not sure about SMS. Plus the Taskos app from the same team has tons of positive reviews.

      • S

        Reads sensitive log data? There is absolutely no reason to request that.

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          It's usually done so that crashes can report logcat output - look at something like https://code.google.com/p/acra, which has this option.

  • SYO

    I love Astrid and I even bought the pro version even if I didn't need the extra features just to show some love, but this is definitely tempting! I hope they allow us to change the font though...

  • sdfh

    Eff disqus. Takes soooo long to load.
    I guess if you do just be sure to make it possible for anon. I can't register for everything ya know! Usually on shared puters anyway so can't login.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah, DISQUS should have the anon option as well. It's actually quite convenient to be able to be logged in everywhere once you log in once. Plus, it'll alleviate a lot of the caching complexity on the server and take a ton of the load off.

  • Leon

    These are the types of apps that Android needs. There are too many ugly apps in the market and it is way too hard to find good apps.

  • Dean0

    I own a small lawn care company with 4 men. I have been searching for the right to do list application but have been dissapointed with most.
    This may be the one!
    I just loaded yesterday and have not discovered a way to share all all items at once.
    I like the gtask compatability as well.

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