Astrid bought by Yahoo!: three great alternatives for keeping to-do lists on Android
Astrid has been acquired by Yahoo!, the startup announced, but there are some good Astrid alternatives out there that you can use on your Android device.
The announcement that Astrid, one of the most popular to-do apps for Android, has been bought by Yahoo! was posted recently on the company’s blog. All signs point to the service shutting down soon and the app becoming part of another Yahoo! service or app (the same happened to Summly, which provides news summaries for the Yahoo! Android app, starting with the latest update).
The service will continue to work normally for the next 90 days, but premium subscriptions will no longer be accepted and users will be contacted to be told how to download their data. A note at the bottom of the announcement adds that Yahoo! will be refunding users who have paid for for annual subscriptions, Power-Pack, and Locale Plugins.
Good for the Astrid team, but what do you do if you use the to-do app on a daily basis on your Android device? Fear not, there are some good Astrid alternatives out there. Here are some of them.
Google Keep is a very straightforward note-taking app that also features a to-do list component. It is very easy to use, free, and syncs your notes and to-do lists over your Android devices, while making them accessible via a web interface as well.
To-do lists can be started from both the app’s main interface and the widget, and the items on the list can be ticked off when the task has been taken care of. More than that, lists are kept in sync over your devices so, for example, your wife can know whether you forgot to buy bread or not.
While it’s pretty basic, Google Keep does get the job done and it’s extremely easy to use. If you’re not already using it, you can check out our full review to find out more about it.
Another great Astrid alternative is Any.Do. The system is somewhat similar to the one on Google Keep, in the sense that the app syncs your tasks over a bunch of your devices.
Any.Do works on Android, iPhone, and has a Chrome extension, as well as a web version, so you can keep up with what you need to do, no matter where you are. The Android app has a very simple interface, that will make you like it from the first second.
Basically, you just add tasks (which can be separated in folders – default is “Personal” and “Work”), but you can also set reminders for some of them, should you wish to do so. Tasks can be shared with friends, you can search their name on Google (which can be quite useful at times), and it’s also possible to add notes to a certain task. Widgets for easy access are, of course, available.
Any.Do is easy to use, free, well-built and, more than anything, you can learn how to use it in a matter of minutes.
Last but not least, the third of our Astrid alternatives is EasyNote Notepad, an app we’ve looked into a few months ago. It has a more familiar look, as it is designed somewhat similar to a classic notepad (I’m talking about the paper kind).
It’s also easy to use — you can create a checklist of things to accomplish in a certain day, and attach alarms to them. That makes it simple to have, for example, a list of topics to discuss right in front of you before a meeting, without the need to search for them. Notes can be color-coded, as well as shared, and you can also add a post-it widget to your home screen.
Password-protecting the app is an app, and so is backing up your lists and notes to your SD card, to make things safer. EasyNote Notepad is free on Google Play.
These are our Astrid alternatives, but if you have a better one of your own, feel free to share it with everyone in a comment.