The last few Android iterations have introduced a lot of contextual actions and shortcuts in various places of the OS. You can select a phone number to call it, a word to define it, an artist name to open it in Spotify, or you may sometimes find smart actions in notifications. The most widely available of the latter is an "open" button when you receive links. Now, there's a new addition that lets you set reminders only when a contact asks you to do something.
Google's to-do management strategy has never been its strong suit. Between a pretty basic Tasks app and reminders that have suffered fromcountlessissuesgoing back to 2017, things are sparse and unclear. Calendar has been trying to become the one-stop solution for this disjointed strategy and you can already use it to manage your reminders on web and mobile, as well as create and edit tasks on the web. The last piece of that puzzle is task support on mobile, and that's finally starting to show up now.
Whether you use a to-do an app to manage your pending work items or your grocery list, it needs to be simple, and ideally give you the option to share lists with others to be even more productive. We've selected a few popular ones that are easy to use and offer a decent amount of features. Depending on your requirements and usage, some will be straight to the point, while others will come with more advanced functionality. In any case, you'll most likely find one that suits your needs in the list below.
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If you're a Wunderlist user, you're most probably aware the app will cease to exist on May 6th. Microsoft has been pushing its To-Do app to users, but there are a bunch of other options to consider.
Whether you use a to-do an app to manage your pending work items or your grocery list, it needs to be simple, and ideally give you the option to share lists with others to be even more productive. We've selected a few popular ones that are easy to use and offer a decent amount of features. Depending on your requirements and usage, some will be straight to the point, while others will come with more advanced functionality.
It seemed like Google Tasks had been on the way out for a long time, but last year, Google decided to breathe new life into it and launched a dedicated Android app for the service. Even though the application has received some welcomeadditionsover the last months, you could unfortunately never add tasks straight from the Google Calendar app (that's only partially possible on the web right now), but Google is working on changing just that. XDA Developers managed to manually activate a Tasks integration in the latest Calendar release, 2019.47.2.
Google Tasks sometimes feels like an afterthought, shoved into the sidebar at sites like Google Calendar and Gmail. If you rely on its to-do list functionality, but you'd like something with more of a standalone feel, a new Chrome extension turns Google Tasks into its own full-screen thing. The aptly named "Full Screen for Google Tasks" gives you a bigger and better interface that Google should have provided in the first place, though it isn't perfect.
Tasks has long been one of the forgotten, deprecated services at Google, but when it was clear that Inbox was dying, new life has been breathed into the to-do manager, probably to replace Inbox's native ability to assign tasks to emails. Since then, the service is seeing a plethora of updates, and it only recently received timed reminders, recurring events, and proper integration with the Gmail Android app. The latest version, 1.6, brings smaller UI and UX improvements that further round out the experience with Tasks.
Google's Tasks to-do list service may be simple to the point of uselessness for many, and its old standalone web UI could die at any time, but it's still under active development. Proof for that comes today, as Google is rolling out a much-needed change to Tasks, giving us the option to add specific times of the day to tasks and set them to repeat. Note that these changes only seem to affect Tasks on the web for now. Google's Tasks and Calendar apps for Android haven't picked them up yet.
Keeping track of everything on your to-do list can be stressful, but Google Tasks has made that easy for plenty of people over the years. However, classic Google Tasks is at the end of its lifespan and will be disappearing soon.