Windows Phone and Android get two great new calendar apps, and both are called Cal

Windows Phone and Android get two great new calendar apps, and both are called Cal
Cal, from the makers of Any.do, appeared recently at the Play Store, after a long stint for iOS, and immediately became a hit. Meanwhile, Windows Phone users got one of the best calendar apps there is for the platform, called... Cal again, but from an entirely different developer.

The common theme with both, however, is a great clean and minimalistic interface, and pretty widgets (in the case of Android), or Live Tiles (on Windows Phone). Any.do has amassed millions of installs already, as one of the top productivity apps for Android, on account of its simple and intuitive way to create tasks and to-do lists, as well as its trendy widgets. The free Cal app for Android features that same user-friendly design and widget system, barely requiring you to type at all, rather using checkboxes and predictive input for your events and notifications setup.


Cal for Windows Phone, on the other hand, from developer Philippe Maes, costs $1.99, but the sum seems to be worth it for one of the cleanest, simplest to use calendar apps on the platform. It syncs with your Outlook, Gmail and Facebook accounts, then displays your urgent appointments on compact or full-size Live Tiles that can be placed on your homescreen for at-a-glance agenda updates.


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35 Comments

30. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

I think the WP versions UI looks wayyy better. But functionality is a different story.

32. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Other than messaging its the same.

26. reh1965

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Fandroids... I am getting bored with you... Paid by google? Anyway if you dont like the minimalistic design get another app. That simple.

25. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Its amazing how much better an app can be when the platform is so much more open.

33. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

open? How open can you get when its free to unlock your phone for dev purposes, you can make apps for free, you can use touchdevelop to code right from your phone, and now the new app builder as well. Please just cause it's MS OS doesn't make so closed only big wigs can play. I have mine unlocked like this and Visual Studio Express installed, can make any app.

24. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Dat Android version is stunning. I'm not WP fan but and eventhough it's paid and not as feature rich on WP, it's not actually bad looking. Like metro and iOS 7 blend.

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Great.

1. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

LOL... if you watch the two videos, the WP app looks like a 10 year-old feature phone calendar compared to the features and interface of the Android one. I also noticed that the WP version has a live tile that resempbles (very much...) the SimpleCalendar widget in Android... Nice app, but the gap between the two platforms is still too large.

3. papss unregistered

Its called a theme and it goes with how windows looks/operates... its called unity...thats like saying as a negitive that the android calendar looks like a google program

6. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Well no, it's not only the theme, it's also the design of the interface (more modern in the Android app, regardless of the theme and the look) and the difference in features, anyway the two developers probably are not comparable since the Android developer is probably a software house and the WP developer is just an independent developer.

8. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

No. That's the Metro them that the developer is using.. It's no doubt that the Metro/Modern design language is beautiful, great, design, as had a lot of influence on design lately.. This is award winning design... Your view of WP is pathetic, and it's obvious that since you have such a negative viewpoint about it that you've never owned a WP8 device.. Which in return makes your opinion about it not as valuable as someone who has... Give it up.

9. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

How can I explain it to someone that doesn't want to listen? It's not the Metro theme. It's the design of the interface, regardless of its graphical look. The Cal app for WP app shows days in the upper part of the screen, with red dots that mark days where you have at least one appointment. Once you click on a day, the appointments are shown in the lower half of the screen. That's all. Well, my feature phone had the same interface and features many years ago. Frankly speaking, from a 2013 smartphone I expect something more. Now watch the Android's app video, which I suppose you didn't if you keep on saying that the two apps are comparable. The app will show you the contacts involved, will show you the location on a map and a button to navigate there, shortcuts to communicate with the contact via gmail, fb etc., you can add events with your voice and the app integrates automatically with Any.do showing your tasks. Now, if the two apps still are on the same level for you, there's nothing I can do. The only

10. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Dude. Quit wasting your breath.. Take it from people who have used WP from day one.. The Metro theme isn't all about live tiles.. We use WP apps everyday, and we know what WP apps look like.. This particular developer went for the most minimalistic design elements if the Metro design language.. This isn't how all WP apps look, but this particular app was intentionally designed with ultra simplicity in mind... When you get a WP device, and use it for a while then you can explain to me, a true WP enthusiasts, what it's all about..

14. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

OMG! I'm really wasting my breath!

22. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Now, you're getting it❕.

12. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

And, who's even talking about the apps being on the same level❔ Who cares❔.. Do you think the WP store doesn't have tons of calendar apps that are way better than Androids Cal app, and vice versa❔.. You're just one of those petty Android fans who feel threatened by WP and always have to turn everything into a competition.. Nobody has time to play that pathetic smartphone war game with you. Quit wasting our time.

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Boosook...you watched a video, did you play with the app? nope. yes the wp app has your map integrated, has directions as well and if you have Drive, get voice navigation too. the only thing it doesnt have is messaging and a place to add attendees (update perhaps). You are watching a promotional video vs someone doing a first look.

4. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

A 10 year old feature phone has custom ringtones and different volume profiles. WP doesn't.

7. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

WP has been having custom ringtones since WP7.5 Mango.. Separate volume controls are in 8.1... WTF are you talking about❔

11. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"are in 8.1" 'Will' be. 8.1 is not released yet. Who knows when it will be released. When it does release though, the competition will much much ahead of it. Also, you can't set custom IM and msg tones.

13. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

The competition can have whatever they have, but it still wouldn't be WP.. Give it up dude.. Some people just like WP, and you're wasting your life trying to convince them otherwise.. Everyday you try, and it's old and pathetic.. Just focus on your own platform of choice.. Besides, exactly what device do you use anyways❔

17. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"Some people just like WP, and you're wasting your life trying to convince them otherwise." I'm not trying to convince anyone. I'm calling it as it is. "exactly what device do you use anyways❔" Lumia 820.

21. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

It's kinda hard to believe that you have one with the off comments that you make all of the time....

23. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

It is what i have. Believe it or not, i don't care. I was having WP7.5 running, Samsung Omnia W at one point. After using it, i made up my mind that i wouldn't get another windows mobile. But unfortunately i got another one, because of Nokia. I was hoping the flaws would have been ironed out in WP8, but it seems Microsoft hasn't learned its lesson.

34. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

So, you're saying that Android is less flawed then WP❔... Lol. Ok.

15. papss unregistered

But you said custom ring tones first which says you have no idea what you are talking about. Way to back peddle

18. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I meant to mean ringtones as tones or any custom tones. My mistake.

16. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Yes you can. That feature came with GDR3, which is out right now.

19. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I don't see ot on my device.

20. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Does your 820 have GDR3 yet, or are you still rocking GDR2? If you are still on the latter, you can bypass your carrier's update rollout by registering as a developer and getting the update direct from MS. GDR3 allows you to set custom ringtones for email, messaging, etc.

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