The official Google calendar app is not doing a bad job under Android 4.0. Still, users who are looking to add a lot of details to their diaries may find the stock Google calendar app to be somewhat limiting, seeing as it doesn't come with many settings options. This is where 3rd party apps come into the picture, and today I decided to revisit an old favourite: CalenGoo. More details after the jump.
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Features & Use
Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Stock Android 4.0)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (Custom-Rom Android 4.0)
Let me start by saying that CalenGoo offers a tremendous amount of features and options, including:
- Syncing with the stock phone calendar, Google calendar and Google Tasks
- Daily, monthly, weekly and lsit views, plus two landscape format daily views
- Search function
- Appointment reminder via SMS, email and pop up notification
- Settings galore
- Lots of widgets
Check out the developers' page for more in-depth information.
Syncing with Google Calendar
Many of you will be looking to sync with the Google Calendar and/or Google Tasks. Calendars that are connected with the account on your smartphone or tablet will be linked up automatically and appear in CalenGoo without you having to do anything. In order to sync Google Tasks you will have to eneter your account details in the settings. Once this is done, syncing works like a charm; same goes for syncing with the calendar.
The app can be used even if you decide not to sync; syncing is not absolutely necessary.
Get an overview of your day, week or month
CalenGoo can display up to four different calendar views. Choose between a detailed view of your day, week or month, or else a list of all your upcoming events. The landscape view affords you a very good overview of your appointments.
Display Google Tasks
You will appreciate this function if you also use Google to organize your tasks. CalenGoo will display all of your tasks in the calendar. Now, you might be thinking that the security issue is set on the back burner at this point, as the app needs your Google login data to perform this function. One would think that in the era of OAuth and AuthSub this type of thing could and should be circumvented, and cautious users may be seeing a red flag at this point. Never fear, I’ve done a bit of research so as to soothe your minds, my faithful readers! Syncing tasks with CalenGoo can also be done using the safe AuthSub process. In order for this to work you first have to activate synchronization within your Google Calendar account. This authorization is then automatically transferred.
Settings—let’s get personalized!
CalenGoo’s design is simple but good. Users are pretty much given carte blanche at styling the display according to their preferences. Changing the colours and display mode for widgets, or setting time zones—everything is possible. The different categories of settings help you create a very personalised overview of days and weeks to come. Here are some of the categories:
- Birthdays from the address book
- Display calendar views
- Detailed view
- Display numbers and SMS links
- Add description when sending SMS
- Do not show past appointments
- Display search option
- Save search keys
- Font and font size
Widgets all around the world
Widget—the word sends most Android lovers little hearts aflutter. CalenGoo makes the most out of the widget feature. There are 27 (!) to choose from. Widgets can be personalised and accessorised to your heart's content, suing everything ranging from style, colour, transparency, font and more.
CalenGoo is simple and functional, plus controls are easy. It’s an app that will bring more structure into your planning. On the whole, it's pretty impressive to see all of the useful features and settings options the devs have managed to pack into this calendar app.
Screen & Controls
Navigating CalenGoo feels very much like navigating the Google calendar app, i.e. you swipe through the various views.
For more options, click on the appointment you are looking to edit. Long press for moving an appointment.
Controls—easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!
Ah, Drag’n’Drop, we love you! Shifting events around isn’t always hassle free when using other apps… but it is when using CalenGoo! CalenGoo is a real timer-saver: use Drag’n’Drop to move events around without much ado. Syncing with the Google Calendar occurs automatically, meaning that you will see changes you’ve made online after only a few seconds.
Swiping also works a charm, making it fun to use a calendar—who would’ve thought?
A double tap is needed to activate every function or view every appointment—something most of us aren’t used to. This came across as somewhat counterintuitive to me. However, once I got used to it I actually found it to be easier to use than what I had been conditioned to by using other calendar apps.
CalenGoo is a great app for users who tend to work with their calendar app(s) on a regular basis. There are so many options and lots of widgets to help make your user experience completely tailored to your personal preferences. On the whole, I'm not surprised CalenGoo is achieving such unanimous praise in the Market.
Speed & Stability
CalenGoo performed really well throughout the testing phase. Syncing with Google Calendar was really fast and easy, just the way we like it!