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The five best Android calendar apps

If the built-in calendar app for your Android device doesn't fill all of your needs, Jack Wallen says one of these apps and widgets should do the trick.

My numerous calendars (editorial calendars, client calendars, personal calendars, etc.) dictate the ebb and flow of my life. So when I found the built-in calendar app for my Android device insufficient and lacking certain desired features, I searched for alternatives. Here are five of the better calendaring apps for the Android OS. Each of these apps works with Google calendars, and some even work with Exchange.

  1. Touch Calendar (beta) is one of the more interesting of all the Android calendar apps. Touch Calendar includes plenty of features that take advantage of the Android 2.0 interfaces, such as pinch zooming and long tap. Other features include: double tap to enter events (if you're not a fan of long tap), horizontal and vertical scrolling, jump to any date from menu, search calendar from either the phone search button or from menu, and much more. A widget would place Touch Calendar above all other calendar apps for the Android phone; the good news on this front is that the developer is planning a home screen widget, as well as the ability to change the background colors of the calendars. If you are looking for a calendar application that has an active and responsive developer, Touch Calendar might be the perfect calendar application for you.
  2. Cal Widget isn't so much a stand-alone calendar as it is a widget for the built-in calendar. But Cal Widget is one of the best widgets for the calendar you will find. Not only does it offer a size configuration to fit just about any free spot on a home screen, but it also allows you to control the transparency of the background colors of nearly all aspects of the widget. When you click on the Cal Widget, three buttons open up: Refresh, Google, and Config. If you want to actually interact with the calendar, you have to click the Google button, which will then open up the built-in calendar app where you can add, remove, and edit appointments. The only drawbacks of Cal Widget are: It currently cannot work with Sense UI devices, and it is not interactive.
  3. Smooth Calendar is a simple to use, clean, highly configurable screen widget for the built-in calendar application. Smooth Calendar sets itself apart from widget-only apps by allowing you to select only the calendars you want to display and allowing you to very granularly configure the display. The biggest drawback of Smooth Calendar is that it has only one size - 4x2. At the 4x2 size, your calendar widget will display in one of two modes: Simple (only three calendar items with just the event names) or Detailed (one event with details). This size is fine if you aren't terribly busy, but if you are, Smooth Calendar might not be the best app for you.
  4. Agenda Widget is one of the "best of breed" calendar widgets. It earns this title because it is one of the few widgets that allow you to directly input events into your calendar. Agenda Widget works with the built-in calendar application, but it does not require the opening of the built-in application in order to add an event. This application will also interact with Exchange via the third-party TouchDown application. With Agenda Widget, you can also set it up to have separate widgets for each calendar.
  5. Fliq Calendar is a calendar application that works in conjunction with Missing Sync to connect your Android phone with your desktop Outlook. This calendar is perfect for those who do not have an Exchange server but still want to keep in sync with their Outlook calendar. The interface is simple to use (a flick of the finger will move between calendar months), and it is about the closest look and feel to an Outlook calendar you will find on Android.

Recommend Android calendar apps and widgets

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Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website getjackd.net.

15 comments
alinawyx
alinawyx

lols, I've been searching for like the whole morning and it's funny how I actually found my dream calendar through one of above comments. By navigating to a different app via the widget that [i]agirardello[/i] recommended. I can't find a similar calendar widget after I changed launcher (using Go launcher previously that had a Go Calendar Widget). And finally, the one that gives the monthly view, and when click on, changes to daily task view. None of the so-called "simple widget" seem to provide this feature. It's pretty important to me since I've a bad memory. Some may say a task organizer will do a better job but I really prefer to have a full view of calendar to see what I've planned for the whole month. So I guess, [url="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rdr.widgets.core&feature=related_apps#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwOSwiY29tLnJkci53aWRnZXRzLmNvcmUiXQ.."]Android Pro Widgets[/url] is my light.

jnovice
jnovice

I like "Breedlove Calendar Quotes". Some of what he has to say is extremely funny

pdp-8
pdp-8

I have a Samsung Gio Galaxy and the calender app that come with it does not show events that occur ever two weeks, even if it has been entered in google calendars. I tried a couple of other highly rated calendar apps with the same result. I am just tried aCalendar and these events show up, even thought they still do not show up in the original calendar app.

busy247
busy247

I was a big fan of PI, but I recently found Timewise app. It is for Android only right now I think. It is much more simplified and easier to use than the PI, and there is a way to enter "sporadic" events, which is what sold me. It also has voice recognition! I dont know how much it is becuase right now it is a beta version..I will buy anyways. I used it to enter in my daughters softball schedule and it was a snap! Like I said, I am hooked on this one!!

stewsr
stewsr

I like the Business Calendar app...touch screen and drag/drop in paid version. I downloaded the paid version as the Amazon free app of the day...kinda pricey @ $5 if you buy.

momlarue
momlarue

No matter how flashy and cute the new apps look, there's always 'something' that's missing. Something isn't quite right. And it's off to the next app to see if THAT one has all the features I want. Unfortunately, I have never found an application that actually does what I envision. Here's what I'm focused on today. I want a simple, easy to use calendar. This should be touch-screen active. It should have a tap to enter a new event, with a menu to stretch the event over time. The user should be able to simply long-tap to stretch by dragging. This should highlight the selected time-frame. Menu items include view of day, week, month, sync with other calendar apps such as MS Office, Outlook, Google, etc. Is this too much to ask? Anyone want to take this on? : )

arborTech
arborTech

If your interested in JUST an on-Sceen, Home Screen, 1 month Calendar of each month, for the year..... YOU may find S2 Calendar Widget the BEST! Simple, not overly complicated with a lot of settings, nor giving displays that YOU don't want, just a simple monthly reference Calendar -- Try the S2 Calendar Widget. It took me over 2-3 days of constant looking for a SIMPLE on-screen, 1 month Calendar App! Wow, what a pain... everyone wants to give you overkill, when you just want a Simple Calendar?!! Yet, S2 has a Nice look to it, some customization, simple, no frills look on the home screen Calendar! Hope this saves others some of the time it took me, to find a just a monthly calendar, as a Droid app. I also found Jorte, for use on my Motorola Motoblur Phone,,,, very impressive Calendar! Has great to do, task mgr., event listing capabilities, PIM mgr App... is just great as well! Allows a lot of customization, choices, and integration... Is also my 1st choice for something more complicated. Hope this helps others.... ~RR

md_hunt
md_hunt

I love Jorte. If you haven't, you should give it a try.

dev495
dev495

Recently I found interesting calendar widget - Smart agenda. It shows birthdays and has buttons to browse days. It's really convinient.

dorrien12
dorrien12

Thank you so much, this is exactly what I was looking for. A simple calendar widget that: 1) lets me add an event right from the widget, without re-directing me to another part of the program (saves time) 2) AND it still integrates with the stock calender 3) it lets me go to different months within in the widget and then back to todays date (again saving time) 4) and for the upgrade fee I can see my events (written out) from the monthly calender view, that's nice to have but I don't really need it. This app is a keeper for me...thanks all

EACowboy
EACowboy

I have been snakebit twice by dejaOffice. Multiple crashes, bad synchs.