July 28, 2014

Sunrise Calendar for Android now available in Beta

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The popular iOS calendar enters Beta on your favorite mobile platform

Sometimes the stock apps on your phone can get tiresome. Though the update to Google’s Calendar app is imminent, you still have some other viable options. You may want to take a look at Sunrise Calendar, the app that iOS users have been loving since it’s release.

Before we tell you to go out to the Play Store and download it, well, you actually can’t quite yet. It’s in Beta, and actually just opened for download a few weeks ago. Nonetheless, it’s still a feature-packed calendar that’s worth checking out.

Design

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Sunrise Calendar simply aims to make your calendar experience a better one by offering a beautiful alternative to the stock Calendar app. The layout is super functional, offering a two-week view on the top, an agenda view on the bottom and swipe left to switch to week view. It definitely has an iOS-like feel to it, but that’s definitely not a bad thing.

Overall, it’s design is spot-on.

Features

Here’s where Sunrise Calendar really shines. It has all of the same features that normal calendars do, but it simply just does it better.

  • Compatible with Gmail, Exchange, and iCloud
  • Set reminders and view Facebook friends’ and contacts’ birthdays
  • Smart icons recognize what type of event is taking place
  • The agenda view gives you the weather throughout the day, making it a whole lot easier to schedule outdoor activities.
  • Compatible with Google Maps, bringing a more detailed map view of the event inside the app

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Just remember, this is a very early build of the app. Updates are being pushed out pretty regularly, and they’re quite significant every time. There aren’t any widgets for the time being, but +Arnaud says they’re in the works. We’re seeing more and more features being pushed out, so sit tight if it’s missing something.

If you’d like to join the Beta community, head to the Google+ Community here. The developer is very involved and attentive, making the Beta experience not as horrible as usual. Most importantly, if you’re going to try this app, give feedback! The developer is involved in the group for a reason.

What are your thoughts on Sunrise Calendar? We’d love to hear them. Let us know in the comments below!