Best Android calendar apps and widgets (2014 edition)
Google’s stock Calendar app gets the job done, but it is not particularly beautiful and the way it displays events seems quaint - there is no way to see a combined view of your calendar and appointments. Moreover, to do the simplest of calendar actions like adding a new event you need to tap into the settings button on the right.
With over a million apps in the Google Play Store, there should be a better way. And there is. We've picked the best new Android calendar apps right below.
Our main criteria was ease of use and slick visuals - something crucial for most people. We also looked for bonus features - putting calendar appointments easily on a map, tagging your friends in calendar events, getting friends’ birthdays right in the calendar, and so on. Good news is that we've found some great new calendar apps that would replace the stock solutions of most popular phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5, Note 3 (with their S Calendar), LG G3, HTC One (M8), and more. Join us in the countdown below to see the best new Android calendar apps so far in 2014.
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Best Android calendar apps and widgets (2014 edition)
1. #8: Jorte
Starting with the most basic option that will get the job done without much extra flare, Jorte is a retro-styled calendar with an ever-present tab bar so you can quickly switch between views and get the job done.
2. #7: Agenda Calendar
A strikingly minimalist calendar, Agenda will appeal to lovers of black and white, and good design. It’s far from being the most advanced calendar out there when it comes to function, but it integrates easily with popular calendar solutions.
3. #6: aCalendar
aCalendar is a great solution, rich in functionality: you have options to set events to repeat, and it comes with improved widgets, allowing you to select the size and view (daily, weekly, or monthly). Navigation is also straightforward, but while simple and straightforward, aCalendar lacks in the design department.
4. #5: DigiCal
Using Google Calendar as its core, DigiCal brings a very useful split-screen view where the upper part shows your calendar with color-coded events, while the bottom shows the appointments for the day, so you don’t have to tap on a day to see what are the actual events planned then. Having a night and day theme is also nice, and overall it’s a simple and useful solution, but DigiCal lacks the visually pleasing experience some may be looking for.
5. #4: Business Calendar: rich in options, but feels quaint in its looks
A long-time favorite, Business Calendar is an Android calendar app that is extremely rich in functionality, but relying only on its established name is not enough, and it now looks terribly dated and out of style, to the point where it seems that newer, fresher designs are even more functional. It’s tap-on-appointment animations are quick and useful, and it allows easy switching between color-coded calendars, plus menus (while long) are logically organized. In the premium version, you have the option to select individual calendars for each widget, additional dark theme, templates for events and so on.
6. #3: Sol Calendar
A fun take on Android calendars that is different with its colorful icons that you can add to all events and make them stand out in your agenda, Sol Calendar is a free option that is surprisingly rich in options and functionality as well. You have all standard cloud calendar integration options, along with the richest choice in widgets of all calendars mentioned so far - in Sol Calendar you can customize widgets to have different size, information, color, and style.
7. #2: Sunrise Calendar: the runner-up
Sunrise Calendar is second in this ranking, but really it does not fall short of Any.Do’s Cal in any aspect and stands on perfectly equal footing. We consider it a runner-up for its slightly less appealing visuals, but its more simplistic style allows for more information on the screen.
What does Sunrise offer on its own: it’s got integration with all major services, a useful agenda view combined with a calendar, integrates Facebook birthdays and events easily, and adds a nice sprinkle of weather information (morning, noon, and evening info) right in your calendar. Adding new events is a tiny bit clunkier than on Cal, but for all else, Sunrise Calendar is an outstanding calendar app.
8. #1: Cal by Any.do: calendar done right
Cal: Android Calendar by Any.Do, or simply Any.do Cal, arrived in its final version in December, at the very end of 2013. Since then, we’ve seen no other Android calendar app match Any.do Cal’s killer visuals - slick looks with different background image for everyday, extremely fluid animations, but most importantly, a very straightforward and quick, one-tap calendar experience where you can add an event without having to go through countless menus.
Of course, Any.do Cal syncs with all major calendar services: Google Calendar, Exchange, Outlook, Yahoo, AOL, iCloud and more, but it also adds voice controls, smart maps, makes it easy to add more people to an event and notify them about it, and even allows you to congratulate people for their birthdays on Facebook straight from the app.
9. Bonus round: Android L Calendar
Last but not least, our bonus app, the Android L Calendar, is a thing of beauty and function. We criticize Google for its current calendar, but it seems that the company has put a lot of effort in the new, completely refashioned Android L Calendar, and it looks very promising in all its Material Design fame.
1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2288; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Lots of choices with awesome features.
2. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2577; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
No doubt Cal is the most beautiful calendar app. But PA should try this one
I'm using it for a few days now.... So far, So good. :)
3. jellmoo (Posts: 617; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Used Cal for a while now and recently switched to Sunrise to give it a go. Very nice featureset. Not quite as beautiful as Cal, but a little easier to navigate your overall calendar.
4. JC557 (Posts: 820; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I like Sol and a.Calendar for their month view option for the widgets. Since I have an HTC device I default to the built in calendar widget which has served me very well. For my backup Motorola devices it's either Sol or a.Calendar but Sol wins out for it's customization being mostly free unlike aCalendar in which I have to pay to unlock different colors (dark works best for AMOLED).
6. Stuntman (Posts: 707; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
I'm using Android Pro Widgets for my calendar.
7. 0xFFFF (Posts: 1970; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
"Free" calendar programs all steal your data and make you the product. They will sell where you go to eat, who you know, where you like to go, how much money they can determine you are spending on different things, when you are on vacation, how often you are sick, etc.
8. Philipand96 (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Jul 2014)
I tried both
aCalendar - Android Calendar (Tapir Apps GmbH)
and DigiCal Calendar & Widgets ( Digibites )
But buy far the best is... is Business Calendar (Appgenix Software) multiple display eg instead of week / month say 5 day view ,or 8 day view, you got it
Appointments on S-planner phone can be changed to Google calendar easily
Any appointment can be copied retaining all the text so used as a template for another appointment.
Afaik ONLY S-planner allows you to bluetooth a calendar event to another phone
As I have a Window 8 phone I can bluetooth a private event form my Samsung Galaxy Sam Gal phone to my W8 phone
Items I save in Google Calendar I can sync to my Window 8 phone so no need to bluetooth
items I want just on my phone I bluetooth across from Sam gal to W8
unbeknowst to me Nokia have disabled some of features of bluetoothon W8 presumedly W7 also
Calendar event CANNOT be sent by Blutetooth to another phone ONLY RECIEVED
Business calendar is far superior of the 3, UNLIKE S-PLANNER NO BLUETOOTH.
Iin order no to retype or sync private event, by Bluetooth
Business calendar to create or edit, duplicate any event, S-Planner to bluetooth to another phone