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UpTo Calendar Receives Major Multi-layered Update on Android

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UpTo Calendar received a major update on Android today, bringing it inline with its iOS counterpart and taking it from Android widget to full-blown calendar app with multiple layers. We have had the pleasure of testing the new app for a couple of weeks now and can emphatically say that this calendar app is awesome.

First, you have the UI that is both beautiful and functional. There is the Android-inspired hamburger menu to the left that can be reached with a swipe, a scrollable calendar list with moving day indicator as you move up and down your list of appointments. You can change to daily, weekly, monthly, or Agenda views, check your inbox for calendar requests, and of course, quickly add new calendar items. But these are all just your regular calendar fixins’, what else can UpTo do? 

The layer aspect of UpTo is what makes it great in my opinion. Your top layer is your typical calendar. The secondary layer makes UpTo both social and customizable to you. Let me try and explain that. If you swipe out the menu in UpTo, you will see a “Discover” option, which is a list of hundreds of public calendars that you can subscribe to. These can be anything from the Portland Trail Blazers schedule to the NBA Playoffs to Game of Thrones reminders to reddit AMAs to music or movie releases. You can take your calendar as it is, but then add a layer of reminders for some of your favorite things.

If that sounds like your calendar will become overwhelming, think again about this layer idea. Since these subscribed-to layers sit in the background, you can have them hide from sight until you need them. A simple pinch-to-zoom on your calendar will either hide or show the contents of your secondary layer. Brilliant, right?

UpTo is also social. In other words, you can follow friends’ calendars, share items with them quickly (swipe an item to the left to reveal the button), and build up a network within the app. Oh, and the widget is still there too.

Give it a look if you want a new calendar experience.

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  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    Sign up…? For a calendar app…? And no option for google oauth sign in either. You immediately lost me there.

    • Jesse Hendrickson

      Bikram, we currently require sign up so you can connect with friends and save your in-app preferences across devices. In our next release, however, we’re reworking the app so you can still use it without creating any account at all! Keep an eye out! – Jesse, Lead Android Engineer – UpTo

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        For in-app preferences, I would’ve preferred if you had G+ OAuth login option. I would’ve used my throw away G+ account to login.

        “Keep an eye out” is the problem. I saw this article on Droid-Life, liked the app, gave it a try and came back disappointed. Even if you fix the issue in future, unless I’m die hard fan of the app, I won’t keep checking it for updates. :( That’s how a lot of apps lose potential users.

  • WK

    ehhh…i still haven’t found a calendar app other than Touch Calendar that does a month widget with readable events that’s actually in readable text.

  • CaliHawkI

    They just released a new version with Exchange calendar now included. I just downloaded and mine shows now.

  • Jeroen Adema

    why go live in the US and Canada only? The world is global these days… even if you don’t have prefilled calendars in Europe, I still wanna use the app :)

    • Jesse Hendrickson

      Jeroen, we’re currently working to get UpTo in all countries. We just want to make sure that all of our time/event/calendar/date/etc. handling is polished before going global! – Jesse, Lead Android Engineer – UpTo

  • napes22

    What’s the difference between this and Today: Calendar?

    • http://upto.com/ Jacob Smith

      You can add public calendars (like sports team schedules, tv show premiers, movie releases, etc.) to a layer behind your calendar, so you get all of the benefits without adding clutter. This explains it really well:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXELeBT8L2o

  • Bubba Gump

    @jessehendrickson:disqus It is compatible with my G2 but not with my Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition.

  • Andy_mak

    Seems it’s not compatible with any Phone with Kitkat, my Note 2 with Kitkat is not compatible, but Note 3 with JB is compatible..

    • Jesse Hendrickson

      Hey, Andy. Have you been able to download UpTo yet? The compatibility issue arose because it was taking quite a while for the app to go live for some users. – Jesse, Lead Android Engineer – UpTo.

    • Bubba Gump

      My G2 has KitKat and is compatible, but not my Galaxy note 10.1 with KitKat.

  • athensjohn

    The calendar looks great and I really like the look and feel of it. For some reason it is not syncing my calendars on my Moto X. I just installed it so, maybe it takes a while to sync. Thanks for listening to our feedback.

  • Jon

    Great app! Very smooth and looks great.

    • Jesse Hendrickson

      Thanks! Very glad to hear you’re enjoying it.

  • Shack

    Thought it looked great, but I can’t install it. Don’t get why a calendar app needs to be incompatible in certain countries

    • Jesse Hendrickson

      Shack, we’re currently working to get UpTo shipped internationally. We just want to make sure that all of our time/event/calendar/date/etc. handling is perfect before going global! – Jesse, Lead Android Engineer – UpTo

      • Shack

        Oh cool thanks for replying. Will keep at track of it.

  • gallen408

    Will it sync with my existing google calendar? If so it looks worth a try for a few days.

    • Jesse Hendrickson

      Yes it will! Any calendar that syncs to your Android device is supported within UpTo. Cheers!

      • Noel Dahlem

        My Exchange calendar doesn’t show up at all . . .

        • Colin Huber

          Same here.

          • bsinc1962

            Same here, shame because it looks pretty sweet

        • Jesse Hendrickson

          WONDERFUL NEWS! Our 3.0.1 update is live and that should allow you to manage exchange calendar events in UpTo properly! I did something wrong in the original release that’s fixed now. Sorry about that!

  • Arnold

    The widget could use some work, but other than that, this app is completely legit! Great post Kellen!

  • JohneCook

    This isn’t compatible with /any/ of my many Android devices… Strange.

  • LoriFWinkfield

    First, you have the UI that is both beautiful and functional. There is the Android-inspired hamburger menu to the left that can be reached with a swipe, a scrollable calendar list with moving day indicator as you move up and down your list of appointments. You can change to daily, weekly, monthly, or Agenda views, check your inbox for calendar requests, and of course, quickly add new calendar items. But these are all just your regular calendar fixins’, what else can UpTo do?

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  • maxx1987

    dig it.

    • Jesse Hendrickson

      *highfive*

  • JSo

    I just tried it and I love it. The weird thing is that Android doesn’t recognize it as a calendar app. So if I click on something thats supposed to take me to a calendar app, UpTo isn’t an option. Still cool though.

    • Jesse Hendrickson

      Howdy, JSo! We’re working include global event triggers in UpTo, so you’ll be able to launch UpTo to view and add events. It may be a bit before we get that implemented, but it’s coming! – Jesse, Lead Android Engineer – UpTo

  • rfranken

    jorte or gtfo

    • Kevin

      I checked out the app and that UI is atrocious.

  • joshkay

    Why would anyone want a Pistons calendar?

    • Jesse Hendrickson

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  • http://labs.webdiastutoriais.com/ Hugo Dias

    Not compatible with my country. WTF ?

    • Jesse Hendrickson

      Hey Hugo, Lead Android developer for UpTo here. Currently we’re only live in the US & Canada, but will be releasing to other countries soon. I apologize for the (large) inconvenience!

      • Allen Dewberry, Jr.

        Just had quick question. Its sort of instant crashing on my HTC ONE M8, I’m going to going ask though its probably my fault. This app doesn’t support ART runtime does it?

        • Jesse Hendrickson

          Hey Allen, I’m VERY sorry that UpTo is crashing for you. Let me throw in a quick patch that should fix your crashing issue. I’ll let you know when the new build is live!

          • Allen Dewberry, Jr.

            Its cool thanks for looking into it. It looks good and I was looking for a new replacement for Cal since while its flashy its not really smooth still. Thanks for the info.

          • Jesse Hendrickson

            Allen, I just pushed an update (UpTo 3.0.1) to Google Play that should fix your issue. Let me know if everything works for you! cheers.

    • Jesse Hendrickson

      Hugo, we’ve contacted Google and I will personally let you know once we have this issue resolved.

      • http://labs.webdiastutoriais.com/ Hugo Dias

        Thanks for the feedback, Jesse!

  • T.C.

    Not compatible with my Nexus 5? huh?

    • Andrew Knighton

      Yeah what gives!? My LCD density isn’t even altered

    • Jesse Hendrickson

      I’m the UpTo Android developer and I’m looking into this now. I apologize for the issue!

      • T.C.

        Cool. I tweeted to you guys as well, and per your response emailed support. Waiting on a response to let me know what details you need to help resolve the issue.

        • Jesse Hendrickson

          T.C, some people who have had the same issue as you are now reporting that they can download UpTo. It sounds like it’s just taking a bit longer for the update to go live on Google Play for some people. If the update still isn’t available for you by the end of the day, please contact us again and we’ll work with you to fix it! Cheers, Jesse.

          • T.C.

            Still not compatible Jesse. I replied to the support ticket from yesterday with a screenshot from my device.

    • Jesse Hendrickson

      T.C, we’ve contacted Google, and once they have responded and we resolve this issue I’ll let you know. I appreciate your patience!

      • Andrew Knighton

        now showing as compatible on my n5!

        • Jesse Hendrickson

          Andrew, that’s great! Sounds like it just took quite a while for the update to propagate across Google Play. Hope you enjoy the app!

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    i’d make this my homescreen/launcher if i could.