Calendar Notify review: a widget for your notifications

If you are like me, you tend to forget things like deadlines and meetings easily. Having my schedule on my phone helps some, but I still find tasks sneaking up on me. Putting a widget on my homescreen helps sometimes, but I often overlook the widget and go right into another app. If this sounds familiar, then Calendar Notify is an application you need to download now.

The easiest way to describe Calendar Notify is to say it is a widget for your notification shade. This app creates a constant notification that shows you the next 7 appointments in your calendar up to a certain date. With Calendar Notify, you can change several things about the notification’s appearance and abilities. You can set the priority of the notification so that it will always display at the top of your notifications or you can set it at a lower priority. You can choose for the app to look 1-7 days or two weeks ahead in your calendar for events. Something that I liked was that when my calendar had no upcoming events, the notification would hide itself which is much better than simply displaying a blank notification since it frees up space in my notification shade. The look of the app is fantastic because it utilizes Material Design and the notification looks great on Android 4.1 and up. Also, expanding the notification give you the option to refresh the notification and add events.

After using this app for only a few hours, I immediately bought the premium version for $0.99 to utilize the extra features. In the premium version, you get more control over the notification layout and design. It adds the ability to include durations and end times for events and you can hide the icon to the left of the events to create more room. You can change what the notification icon displays (such as day of the month, number of appointments that day, etc.) or you can even hide the icon to make space in your notification bar.

I have to recommend this app to everyone because it is a simple and elegant solution for event reminders. It is much harder to overlook this widget since it appears every time you pull down you notification shade. For those running Lollipop on their device, the app will even display the notification on the lockscreen. If you do not like the idea of having this app add a notification, you also have the option to use Calendar Notify as an actual widget on your homescreen. Go get Calendar Notify for free in the Play Store and quit forgetting about lunch with your mom!

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