It appears that Google could soon release its promised redesigned Calendar app for iPhone after first making the announcement and releasing the app for Android last November. The Next Web this morning shared a handful of leaked screenshots that provide a first look at Google Calendar for iOS, including info cards that indicate Gmail, Photos and Maps integration will be key features of the app.
The screenshots show that the app will have side-by-side calendars for both a monthly overview and closer day-to-day agenda of tasks and important dates. Reservations for flights, restaurants and more are automatically added from your Gmail inbox, alongside photos and maps for viewing your upcoming events at a glance. Built-in notification settings are included.
The app is based on Google’s new Material Design language found across its other iPhone apps like Inbox and Google Maps. The report does not offer up any further details about the app, but we should find out soon when it hits the App Store. This will mark the first time that Google offers a standalone Calendar app for iPhone.
Filed under: Apps, iOS Tagged: app, calendar, Gmail, Google, iOS, iPhone, leaked, maps, photos, screenshots
Flexibits, makers of Fantastical for Mac, iPhone, and iPad, just kicked off their huge Black Friday holiday sale early with savings up to 65% off the regular price of their apps.
If you haven’t already tried Fantastical, it’s my favorite calendar replacement app–especially for iPhone–with natural language input and a clear list view for finding your appointments easily. Both the iPhone and iPad versions feature Today view widgets, extensions, and interactive notifications for iOS 8 users, and the Mac app is a simple menu bar app for accessing from anywhere.
Here are the deals:
Fantastical for iPhone:
$4.99 $1.99 (60% off)
Fantastical for iPad:
$14.99 $4.99 (65% off and lowest price yet)
Fantastical for Mac:
$19.99 $9.99 (50% off)
In addition to discounting Fantastical for each platform, Flexibits is also taking half off its Chatology app which helps you archive and search messages on your Mac. Available from Flexibits.com, the $19.99 app is on sale for $9.99 for the holidays. For more deals and savings, stay tuned to 9to5Toys for all the best Black Friday deals.
Filed under: Apps Tagged: Black Friday, calendar, Chatology, Fantastical, Flexibits, holiday, Productivity
Fantastical for iPhone and iPad, the alternative calendar and Reminders app from Flexibits, received a major feature update today for iOS 8 users. If you’re unfamiliar with Fantastical, the ability to turn text input like “Dinner with Tim tomorrow night at 7pm” into a calendar appointment without fiddling with menus and dials is it’s killer feature.
Fantastical for iPhone received an update last month which optimized the user interface for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, and today’s new version adds a Today view widget in Notification Center, an app extension for use in other apps, and interactive notifications for responding to alerts without even opening the app. Check out the new features in the latest version of Fantastical for iPhone and iPad below.
The newly added Today view Fantastical widget displays a full month calendar for accessing any from iOS by simply swiping down Notification Center. The widget includes chevrons above either side of the full month calendar for toggling between months both future and past.
Below the full month calendar is your list of upcoming events as well as due reminders. The single Fantastical widget on iOS 8 can replace both the default Calendar and Reminders widgets for streamlining the Today view with the most relevant calendar data. Just like with the Reminders widget, the Fantastical widget allows you to mark items as completed from the Today view in Notification Center.
The new version of Fantastical also introduces a system-wide app extension. This means you can add content from other apps directly into Fantastical without leaving the other app to enter the appointment or reminder.
One example of this includes turning text from a note into an appointment in your calendar. As you can see above, I jotted down a note with an appointment name, address, and time, which the Fantastical extension then parsed to create an event on my calendar.
This works with Reminders too. In the example above, I used the Fantastical extension from a web page in Safari to create a Reminders entry for reading the blog post later. Fantastical can read and view the same iCloud-syncing Reminders items as Apple’s default app, so the entries you make here will be available on all your other devices as well.
The update also brings interactive notifications allowing you to respond to alerts from the lock screen, notification banner, or Notification Center.
Fantastical for iPhone and Fantastical for iPad both add the new features in the latest version of each app for iOS 8 users. It’s a major update to Fantastical that a lot of people have been looking forward to and, after using the beta for the past few weeks, I’m glad the new features are available for everyone now.
Existing customers can update to the new version of the app to get the Fantastical widget, extension, and interactive notifications for free, and new customers can buy each app at a limited-time discounted price. Fantastical for iPhone will be $2.99 (regular $4.99) and Fantastical for iPad will be $7.99 (regular $9.99) to celebrate the iOS 8 update.
Filed under: Apps Tagged: calendar, extensions, Fantastical, Flexibits, interactive notifications, iOS 8, Reminders, widgets
If you’ve ever lamented that “there aren’t enough hours in the day” to get everything done, an iOS app called Timeful might just be what you’re looking for. Timeful is a calendar and to-do manager that examines how long each of your to-do items should take, where each task will take place, and more to find the perfect opening in your schedule to get it done.
Timeful will automatically figure out what you need to do and when you can best accomplish it, even taking into account whether you’re a “morning person” or a “night person” in order to ensure that you’re at the top of your game for your most important activities.
The app is powered by a set of algorithms based on behavioral science that can assign levels of importance to family outings, meetings at work, and personal goals to decide, all while learning from your own input what items are most important to you.
You can also create new habits with Timeful by scheduling a repeating to-do, such as working out or walking the dog, then tell the app how often you want to do that activity and get scheduling recommendations.
You can even setup your work hours within the app’s settings, which allows it to figure out when to schedule items from your work and personal lists so that you’re not taking care of your own business while you’re on the clock.
Once the app has figured out exactly what you should be doing and when you should be doing it, you’ll start to see suggestions in your calendar for each habit and to-do that you’ve created.
If you’d like to take Timeful’s unique approach to managing your day for a spin, you can grab the app for free right now on the iOS App Store.
Filed under: Apps Tagged: calendar, management, timeful, to-do