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Do you need a good calendar app? Do you need a good calendar app that's freakin' beautiful? Then check out Any.DO's Cal, a top iOS iCal alternative that just made the jump to Android. Cal features all the stuff you need in a typical calendar app and then some, and wraps it all up in a functional, minimal, readable interface that focuses on content. It's a free download in the Play Store. We had a hands-on a with the app a few weeks ago, which you can check out here.

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The core of Cal is its sync feature with Any.DO, a to-do list that we've written about before. To-do items are automatically added to your calendar along with relevant contact and location information, if you've added it in. Naturally it will also sync with Google Calendar - you don't even need to sign in, it will import events from calendars saved on your phone automatically - Exchange, Outlook, Yahoo, AOL, and Apple's iCloud. Cal integrates with Facebook and, strangely, the car rental service Uber in supported cities. Each daily view is given its own photo background, sort of like the featured photos on Bing, and you can select which general categories you want via the settings menu.

In truth, Cal doesn't do that much more than Google Calendar and its innumerable alternatives, it just does all the core stuff so well that it's hard to resist. The interface is decidedly non-Holo, a sort of mix between Windows 8-style flat icons and the general minimalism that's getting popular all over the web and the Play Store. That being said, after trying Cal I've haven't seen any action that isn't obvious in the context of its screen, both on the tablet and smartphone interface. That's more than I can say for other whiz-bang apps that hype up their UI. It's also got an integrated calendar widget (a must-have for some users), but unfortunately there's only one agenda view available. Performance on my Nexus 5 is great, though some of the early reviews are reporting that the fancy animations can be choppy even on high-end hardware.

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If you're looking for a calendar that's a treat for both your eyes and your schedule, you should definitely check out Cal and the original Any.DO app. You'll need an Android 4.0 phone or tablet to join in.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Taco Monster

    I don't know why, but something about this app makes me want to strangle it... with a tortilla.

  • andy_o

    I tried the Any.Do app when I was looking for a tasks app. It was great looking (and sounding), but lacked functionality that something like GTasks did (I think at the time it was recurring tasks and actionable expandable notifications). To be fair, even Astrid didn't have these. Does this at least have actionable notifications and be called from Google Now?

    BTW, now that the GTasks developers have all but stopped development in
    favor of their cloned, subscription based app and not adding to GTasks obvious
    things like GCM sync and location-based reminders (which they added to the clone app), I'm finding Google Now's own reminders to be much better. Now if only they gave a decent way to manage past reminders, it would be great.

    • RetsuUnohana

      That is how I felt with anydo. I keep it, and use it from time to time but I prefer Google keep. Its simple, and gets things done , while anydo is fancy, visually.. It feels like it has more steps. I try to force myself to integrate it in my everyday task but always jump back to Google Keep.

  • Owen Finn

    I just downloaded this and tried it - it's really not great. It's not beautiful at all (do I really need stock photos of food behind my schedule?) and it doesn't even have a full month view. Useless.

    • nycebo

      Swipe down on the agenda. It will expose a full month view.

  • miri

    Pretty? Sure, but it's missing so many key features that it's hardly worth using. The week/month view is purely cosmetic, there is no agenda view, inputting events is slow and clunky and repetition lacks customization.

    • dsf

      Give it a couple of updates. It just came out...

      • Taco Monster

        It's been in beta for a few months. The focus seems to have mainly been on fancy animations and pictures and all kinds of other cutesy stuff, which, frankly, get in the way of a calendar app's main job, which is to quickly create/view/edit appointments. Productivity? What's that?

      • miri

        And maybe after a few updates I'll have a less scalding opinion about it, but until then, the app is useless, I hate their guts and if I ever meet one of their designers/engineers, I will key his/her car.

        • Taco Monster

          Thanks for the laugh.

        • Bluewall

          What the fuck is wrong with you ?

    • andy_o

      Hmm, this seems like a pattern with the developers... see my previous comment.

    • http://clintharvey.net/ scH

      Any.DO has the same problem with repeating tasks. Seems like such a simple thing to fix.

    • ToalettKukac

      Couldn't agree with you more. DigiCal is the way to go. Check it out.

      • http://j.mp/scottbeamer Scott Beamer

        I like plain old Google Calendar

  • Jeremy Wagner-Kaiser

    It's pretty, but it takes up too much screen space. It looks horrible in a 2x2 widget, and GCal handles that just fine.

  • Randy Rowles

    So far I like how it looks, the widget doesn't do well as ?x2, but I don't mind having it fill its own page. Will try it out for a while. Can't be any worse than the AOKP Calendar App. Not sure if its better than the Google Calendar App though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/danieltye88 Tungmeister

    I've been waiting for this for quite some time and it's really disappointing.

  • Daniel Antón García

    I love it!

  • http://clintharvey.net/ scH

    I'm comparing it to SolCalendar at the moment. They're the only two calendars for Android, that I've found, that don't look like they came from my old iPaq.

    So far I prefer SolCalendar, but I'm going to give it a fair shake.

  • MeCampbell30

    Looks nice. Reminds me of the ios7 calendar which I think is vastly superior to the stock calendar app.

    Needs a toggle to set my status as busy or available though.

  • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

    It's very Google Now esk.

  • Cory_S

    This app makes me wish i was important enough to need it.

  • jamesfuston

    Swiping/sliding from day to day is very choppy on my ATT HTC One. Gonna have to be very compelling in practice to beat DigiCal.

  • merman1983

    DigiCal is so much better because that's the calendar app that I paid money for and use and I don't want to have to buy a new one so it's clearly better. w00t! DigiCal yeah!

  • sivkai

    I love how all app promos feature a Nexus device. Shows how highly regarded the Nexus line is :)

  • Dan

    They should have called it YACC because it's yet another crappy calendar. You look at the month view and you can tell that you have something on Monday, something on Tuesday, something on Wednesday, and something on Thursday. Which one of those is the morning dentist appointment and which one is the evening concert? Beats the fug outta me! Even when displayed on a huge tablet, you still get just a stupid little bar under a gigantic number. Newsflash: MY DATA is the important information. Make that big and readable. Wasting 90% of the display space for the date number is stupid.

    Business Calendar kicks the crap out of this YACC.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=netgenius.bizcal

    • PuzzledObserver

      100% agreed with your advice on Business Calendar, which happens to have very convenient widgets too.

    • Joris Griffioen

      You definitely need to check out Digical.

      • Patrickl69

        Another vote for DigiCal.

        I used BC for a long while, but never felt entirely comfortable with it. When I found DigiCal I knew I was "home".

        The widgets are by far the best too.

        https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.digibites.calendar.

        • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

          Does it auto-complete addresses like the just-updated Google Calendar does?

          • Patrickl69

            Does the just-updated Google Calendar show you the address on the map? ANSWER: Nope

            I tend to copy paste the address, but I do like to check if it understands the address properly and doesn't send me off somewhere else when I choose "navigate to".

          • Taco Monster

            Does the just-updated Google Calendar show you the address on the map? ANSWER: Yes.

            Just click on the address.

      • http://www.cpcwiki.eu/ Gryzor

        Indeed. This is pretty,but not a patch in Digical...

    • http://androidforums.com/members/kwest12.html kwest12

      Calengoo takes a bit to set up, but once it's set up, it easily bests Business Calendar (which I check back in on every couple of months).

    • NWSD

      This......Newsflash: MY DATA is the important information. I don't get why any developer would create a calendar app without a month view.

  • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

    Just went through one of the reviews of this app on the Play Store:
    "Man it lags on my Galaxy S4 and Note 3 both. S4 and Note 3 should have NO LAG. Ever."

    I LOLed so hard I had to sit down and count to ten.

  • http://j.mp/scottbeamer Scott Beamer

    I hate being stuck with photos I don't want to see

    And a calendar app without an agenda view is like air without oxygen.

  • Jason

    Do you know if Beesy will be released for Android soon? It's an awesome app for productivity but only for iPad :'(, can't wait to use it on my android tablet!