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May
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When an iOS app comes to Android, all too often it's merely a half-hearted copy, taking no notice of the user interface standards or the expanded capability of the platform. I'm happy to report that this is not the case with Sunrise Calendar, which has managed to gain quite a following across the way for its impressive layout and sunny visual design. It's available now for all Android devices running 4.0 or higher, though there's no tablet interface at the moment.

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Sunrise Calendar supports Google and Apple web calendars natively. The visual design is appealing all around, showing an impressive amount of information in a single screen - check out those weather icons for morning, afternoon, and evening. But the most unique feature is probably the main view, which handily combines a standard calendar view with a scrolling agenda. Individual events are integrated with your contacts, Google Maps, Facebook friends, events and birthdays, and even the dialer app. 

What's more impressive to me is that the developers took the time to truly take advantage of Android. At several spots in the in-app UI the card interface is on full display. The app comes with a home screen agenda widget, and you didn't even have to leave a one-star review to get it. Best of all, Sunrise supports Android's expandable notifications, with quick links to maps or email/phone numbers for relevant contacts. Prospective Android developers, take note: this is the right way to port an app.

You should be able to use Google Calendar on the web and Sunrise on your phone with no issues, but there's also a web interface for Sunrise, if it strikes your fancy. Support for Exchange calendars and a tablet-specific interface are coming soon, according to the app description.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • lordmerovingian

    Love it on my 5s. Even better on my G2.

  • joeljfischer

    "The app comes with a home screen agenda widget, and you didn't even have to leave a one-star review to get it."

    I'm detecting some snark :)

    Regarding the app, it's been my calendar of choice on my iPhone 5 and iPad. Super excited to have it on my One, and hopefully soon my N7. The web interface I like much better than Google's as well. Overall a stellar ecosystem their building. I wonder what features will be the eventual "pay" features.

  • Daniel Rodriguez

    Looks awesome, unfortunately the lack of Exchange and tablet support kill it for me right now, since those are, coincidentally, the two most important aspects to me. But I'm hoping that 'coming soon' means 'in the next couple months' and not 'sometime next year', because I really would love to switch over.

    • Ricardo Ferreira

      Try Jorte Calendar..

    • bearballz

      Yep no Exchange support, no dice.

  • Frank Lopez

    Having an iphone now a days absolutely serve no purpose.

    • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

      Except for all the purposes it serves.

      • Frank Lopez

        For which an android device is fully capable of ahcieving and does so in 2014 style modernity.

        The app eco system is what kept the iphone attractive.

        • Godspoken

          It still is in a lot of ways. Japanese devs still treat Android like an afterthought, one reason I actually almost went with an iPhone last time I upgraded.

    • http://www.scottcolbert.com/ ScottColbert

      And what's that have to do with the app?

      • Frank Lopez

        Everything! was an iphone exclusive. Read between the lines.

        • xnadax

          There was only one line in your comment.

      • Well For Starters…

        It provides him another chance for him to hate on Apple, obviously. :).

        • Frank Lopez

          No actually I been an iphone user since 2007. Well used both android and IOS since the beginning but I always chose the iphone for hardware quality and app eco system.

          But lately apps that would have kept me using my iphone 5s are making the way towards android so I am not seeing the point of my iphone 5s any more.

          • Phil Oakley

            There are a lot of apps which are still iPhone exclusives. Plus apps generally take longer to get to Android.

          • My name is….

            What kind of apps?

          • andy_o

            Hangouts with VoIP.

            More seriously, iOS is still miles ahead on sound recording apps. You cannot do something like GarageBand on Android and have it work well. Android doesn't allow for gain control by apps, and has more delay. FFS, the camera on a Nexus can't even capture audio from an external mic. Not to mention even higher level apps like Auria and the ability to record simultaneously up to 24 tracks via pretty much any USB audio interface compatible with Core audio (basically whatever works on Mac).

          • My name is….

            Aahhhhh, simple, everyday things, that every user misses.....

          • andy_o

            Nobody said it was gonna be "simple, everyday things that every user misses".

            That said, this is directly related to many more common problems with Android and some devices like the Nexus 4 and others, like horrible audio clipping in videos and VoIP.

    • evertjr

      Except for the million other great apps and games that don't exist on android or the subpar version it mostly gets. Don't get me wrong, I love android but its not even close to iOS app quality and design.

  • Duncankrebbers

    I was using the Chrome web app for some time now because it looks quite a bit better than the Google Calendar webversion. The only thing I don't like about other calendar apps in general is that they sent invitations that don't work as nice as the one Google Calendar sends in terms of updating and accepting them.

  • makapav

    "though there's no tablet interface at the moment"

    That is Android 101 developmental FAIL. This is not iOS where you develop twice for each device type. You can define fragments at the very least to get immediate tablet optimization for ANY Android app.

    • David Cesarino

      To give them a chance, they do say in the description that tablet support is coming soon. For all we know, they could have defined the fragments already in preparation for that, but still didn't optimize the layout to make use of the available area of a tablet screen, instead deciding to launch the app for phone users already.

      What is truly inexcusable, however, is the total lack of landscape mode (really? Portrait only? In 2014?) and the iOS looks that is clearly seen in the Settings screen.

    • Theromz

      They might want a very different tablet experience thou, and releasing something sub optimal is not always ideal. The developer seems to really care about UI/usability/design so maybe they just want to release a very great tablet experience, instead of a half baked one we typical get with Android tablet apps.

  • Gokh

    Nice animation.

  • Seth Merritt

    Great that it includes a web version as well. Definitely 5 stars.

  • Forrest

    Happy "Thrusday!"

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  • Bryan Pizzuti

    This might eventually get me off of aCalendar....once they add Exchange support.

  • Raymond Berger
    • Guillaume

      Agreed, that's the one I use too.

    • Rodrigo “Rod” Montaleao

      Yeap. Another happy Digical user here.

  • johnforamerica

    Good stuff. FWIW, the ceo & co-founder is in the comment thread over at lifehacker. Commenting on privacy policy & features.

  • abobobilly

    Between all the calendar apps we now have, why should we care about this one? Because its "iOS' favorite"? Can someone kindly shed some light on it?

    • Phil Oakley

      It's a really nice, well-designed app. And it has web and iOS apps, which is a huge plus.

      Google Calendar really does need a major update. This just trumps it in every way.

  • Joseph

    Can someone explain to me how the dev is benefitting from this? The app is free with no in-app purchases and no ads.

    • Phil Oakley

      That's how pretty much 100% of startups work these days. Twitter currently makes hardly any money; same with Snapchat.

      If you want to found a startup and be successful, the way to do it isn't to charge from the outset. Twitter are currently having the classic problem of product before revenue.
      When they were founded, the co-founders focused on product and not how they'd make money, as they should have done; if they'd focused on how they were going to make money Twitter would be no where near where it is today. Except now they have the problem of "it's basically impossible to make serious revenue with Twitter's product." It's why their share price has halved since they went public.

      In short: the developers of this aren't benefiting from this in money terms, just like pretty much every other startup out there.

    • Matthew Fry

      Their privacy policy suggests that they are going to sell your information but the CEO says that's not the case.

      I agree that our current privacy policy is too broad, and includes stuff that we have absolutely no intention to do now or in the future, like showing you ads in your calendar. We'll introduce premium features to make our business sustainable on the long term. We don't have any plans to use personal information to show ads in Sunrise.

  • Masson Liang

    SolCalendar.

  • Damian

    Ugly, and that's it, removed.

  • Your Mother

    so many complaints below, just be happy about having it and give them time to improve it!

  • bigjay517

    Any chance you guys will be doing a calender comparison in the near future? I have had Business Calender for a while now, but there seems to be lots of new options. I'm looking for a calender that has a nice tablet interface.

    • Rodrigo “Rod” Montaleao

      Take a look at Digical. I've tried all of them and I think Digical is the best of the bunch.

  • YETI

    Developers watch and learn, that's how you make an iOS app for Android!

  • primalxconvoy

    Instead of syncing with my regular Google/Android account, it wants to access my Facebook or force me to use Google Minus?

    Yeah...NO

  • Jason Bourne

    It doesn't sync w/ Exchange... so, that's a dealbreaking right now.

  • Tim Davis

    Looks nice, but I'll stick with Today Calendar.

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