Any.do is one of the most popular to-do list managers on Android, and it's about to get a major update. The Any.do team has just announced the v4.0 update, which is rolling out to Android soon (it's on iOS today). It includes a few features users have been asking for, specifically a built-in calendar and real-time sync. Then there's the new AI assistant, which people weren't asking for, but Any.do hopes you'll like anyway.
The folks behind Any.do already have a calendar app called Cal, but it's not clear if that one is going away. At any rate, a smart calendar will be part of Any.do 4.0. It has daily, weekly, and monthly views, and there's an event creation feature that helps you find open slots in your contacts' schedules. The real-time sync is not so much a new feature as it is just a better version of what the app did before.
The Any.do Assistant is completely new, and it's probably not what you expect. It was created based on analysis of mountains of to-do items anonymously captured by Any.do over the years. The result is an Assistant geared toward helping you get things done. Unlike Google Assistant (in voice or chatbot form), you don't go to the Any.do Assistant; it comes to you.
A blue circle icon pops up next to items you create in Any.do 4.0 that the Assistant thinks it can help you complete. Tapping on that launches a chat interface where you can have the bot do the legwork for you. However, it's not always a bot. Any.do can also assign a real human to help with certain tasks. The catch is that a task involving buying something comes with a 5-15% service fee. It'll be interesting to see how well this works in real life and how often the Any.do Assistant pops up in the list.
When the first smartphones came out, up came a slew of personal productivity apps. Each one promised to
push our productivity to the next level. Few years later, and despite the good intentions, productivity still hasn't
made its giant leap forward. We all still struggle to stay organized, focused and truly effective. We yearn for the
app that won't just make our lives more organized but would be smart enough to actually get things done for
The inflection point - Any.do 4.0
Introducing Any.do 4.0 - a new era for productivity. With our biggest release to date we’re pushing Any.do to
the next level by becoming the only one stop shop for getting things done. With 4.0 you’ll get the world’s best
to-do list, together with a slick new calendar, and a next gen assistant that takes care of your tasks for you.
With Calendar, Any.do brings all productivity needs into one place
Millions already rely on Any.do to keep life under control. Adding a Calendar with daily, weekly, and monthly
views of combined tasks and events was a natural next step. It brings all the productivity tools people need in
a single app. We even added a clever scheduling feature that lets you find mutually available meeting slots
with just a few taps. All this seamlessly integrates with the existing Any.do to-do list, reminders, and notes, and
is available globally for iOS and with Android coming soon.
Lightning-fast real-time sync
When we asked you how we could improve your Any.do experience, one of the top answers was real-time
sync. Any.do already works on all devices, but anything that shaves off seconds helps productivity. For Any.do
4.0, we wanted to deliver a sync that was simpler, more robust and most importantly, built for speed. So we
went back to the drawing board and meticulously rebuilt and simplified our entire backend architecture. The
result is Any.do’s all new Real-time Sync available across all devices.
The ultimate productivity experience
We always wanted to create a complete solution for getting things done. We wanted to create a new
experience that makes sure things get done whether you do them yourself or get our assistant service to do
them for you. We believe that by deeply coupling an assistant into the app you're using to run your life, we
can create a truly personal, contextual and useful experience. Combining these together is the new way to
think about productivity.
Meet the Any.do Assistant, which takes care of your tasks for you right in the app
After analyzing over a billion anonymized tasks captured by Any.do, we built a new type of assistant that can
actually accomplish your tasks for you. Unlike fully-automated solutions like Siri or Google Assistant, the
Any.do Assistant automatically scans your list and selectively marks the tasks it can get done for you in the
real world, then offers ways to do them. It comes to you, rather than you having to come and ask for help - a
complete paradigm shift.
How the Any.do Assistant works
The Any.do Assistant is powered by a combination of smart AIs and smart supervising humans, so you know
that even a difficult and nuanced task - like finding your mom the right bracelet for her birthday - will be done
right. Fully automated solutions like Siri and Google can’t do that. The Any.do Assistant can tackle holidays
gift-giving, housecleaning, groceries, laundry, and many more of your pending tasks (an average user has
over 10 pending tasks in any given moment). Unlike human-only assistant services, the Any.do Assistant is
deeply integrated to your everyday tools, reasonably priced at only a 5-15% service fee for a product or
service procured, and is not limited to only a handful of vendors. It’s rolling out in limited beta now for iOS, with
Android coming soon.
The holistic view of productivity
“We’ve been working on this for years” said Omer Perchik, Founder and CEO of Any.do. “Building a
world-class self-serve tool like Any.do was just half the equation. We needed the other half, the part that helps
you balance your overstretched life so you have time for the things that matter. The Assistant saves you time
which means you can spend more time with your family, at the gym… or even just get to an empty to-do list for
once. And because our technology is always learning, it’s getting better and covering more tasks every day, so
Any.do’s not only the best way to keep life under control… we believe it’s the last productivity app you’ll ever