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Cal comes from the makers of Any.do, and it's got the same level of polish and functionality users of that app expect. Cal is getting a nice update today that adds a new feature called HeadsUp. This is actually a collection of features that are designed to make meetings more convenient.

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HeadsUp is built into Cal and will pop up a special settings screen before, during, and after a meeting. Here's what you'll get on each one of them.

Before a meeting:

  • Navigate your way with Google maps
  • Let participants know you’re running late
  • Get an Uber and arrive on time
  • Email a message to the invitees

During a meeting:

  • Mute your phone to avoid interruptions
  • Add tasks as they come up in conversation
  • Take photos of white board drawings, diagrams, documents to share with everyone
  • Record video or audio of what’s being discussed
  • Send a summary email to the group

After a meeting:

  • Add or send action items to your peers
  • Set Follow-up meetings with everyone involved
  • Send an email summary to get everyone on the same page

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It seems like a robust new tool. It's not strictly a meeting tool – you could make use of a lot of this for other, less business-y events. Cal is free, so take a peek if you're into it. The update with HeadsUp is already live in Google Play.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Taco Monster

    I just can't hate this app enough. Its relentless and entirely pointless elevation of form over function; its pretension; its undeserved acclaim: They grate at me as would a thousand Lancôme covered nails on an extra-squeaky chalkboard. Then again, I'm just a taco eating figment of Spongebob Squarepants's imagination. What do I know?

    • Brendan

      I agreed until you got a little weird...

      • Taco Monster

        Only a little?

        • Brendan

          Okay, a lot. You should join Reddit, I feel like you'll fit into /r/askreddit.

          • Taco Monster

            Why? Do they share my predilection for unbridled taco consumption in the face of evil?

          • Dan Wilczynski

            You... I like you.

          • Brendan

            Absolutely.

    • MeCampbell30

      So you hate pretty apps a because they are pretty? What "function" is sacrificed?

      Essentially what I'm trying to say is cool story, bro.

      • Taco Monster

        Notification system: awful.
        Being able to quickly add and modify events: painful.
        Viewing more than 2 items on your agenda: impossible.
        Watching things happen slowly against the backdrop of unrelated images: hell yeah!

  • Brendan

    Although this seems like a cool feature, that does not make up for it's abysmal performance and terrible interface and lack of customization so it looks like some hipster heaven pink and white app.

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      You just described almost every single app on Ios.

    • MeCampbell30

      Looks red and white to me.

      AMOLED master race.

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

    How about a basic weekly agenda?

    • fdajhks

      I KNOW! It really should not be that hard to add

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  • bullonie

    Have they fixed the abysmal performance?

    • Steven80

      performance has approved with each update. I see few dropped frames with a packed calendar.

      The fact that adding invitees to a meeting is not part of the initial meeting creation workflow is odd, but I personally don't find it a deal breaker.

  • John Smith

    Jorte + Calendar Status Pro.

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      Jorte is so disgustingly ugly, it makes me puke into my mouth.

      • John Smith

        wow i could not disagree more. i love Jorte. i love its look and feel of a real paper personal organizer. check out the other app i mentioned too if you haven't already.

        • Thatguyfromvienna

          Calendar Status looks OK.
          Jorte IMO looks like it was made by a kid for other kids.
          A very untidy, unprofessional look.

          But tastes are different. A great thing about us human beings.

          • John Smith

            what do you use? i find all other 4x4 monthly calendar widget apps look cartoonish vs. Jorte. Jorte looks like a crisp white paper calendar. clean and simple, not cartoonish.

          • Thatguyfromvienna

            I'm completely sold to Simple Calendar Widget.
            Unfortunately, I have no clue whether it suits your needs.
            Give it a shot, it's free.

          • John Smith

            no i need a 4x4 (4x5) Monthly View widget. thanks anyway.

  • http://tsurufoto.com/ Aaron Tsuru

    The tiles.... I... I just can't.

  • miri

    My goodness, this app. It's absolutely useless for inserting and viewing events and notification system is incredibly obtrusive and can't be disabled short of uninstalling the app. But hey, it's pretty so I guess it has that going for it.

    • Steven80

      Or you could have gone into settings and turned the notification off. It's not exactly hidden in settings.

      • miri

        There's no such setting in the app and the pop-ups will still appear if you disable notifications from system settings.

  • jj14x

    I was using this - looked nice, a stark change from the other apps. But after seeing the latest additions of permissions ("Disable lockscreen" in particular), I had to uninstall this. Sent a note to the dev about it too.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    Well it's not perfect but it's worlds better than just using the Google Calendar app on my phone (The Tablet Version I'm fine with).