Sunrise for Android makes Google Calendar look ugly

by: Bogdan PetrovanMay 29, 2014
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Following a stint as an iOS exclusive,  calendar app Sunrise launched today on the Play Store and on the web. It was well worth the wait.

Sunrise for Android syncs with Google’s Calendar and Apple’s iCloud, so you can continue to use your old calendars with it. Support for other calendars may be coming in the future, and the app also supports adding events from Facebook, Foursquare, and other apps. You can even add the birthdays of your Facebook friends so you won’t ever forget to call or buy a gift. Integration with more services is coming in the future, including with some used by professionals, like Github and Trello.

Firing up the Sunrise Android app lets you connect with Google, Facebook, or just your email. After you give your permission for offline use, you can connect Google Calendar, iCloud Calendar, or Facebook, and away you go. Synchronization is fast and easy, and you can select which calendars you want to import.

The interface doesn’t follow Google’s guidelines, but it’s still delightful. The attention to detail that went into creating it is visible everywhere, from the small weather icons, to the indicator that tells you where the current day is in the calendar, to the way the month view expands when you drag on the preview.

You can switch from the summary window to a conventional daily view with the button at the top or by swiping right and left. When you add an event, you can pick the location from Google’s Maps database, and when you open the event, you are presented with a map to the location. You also get nice thumbnails of any contacts you assigned to the event and you can quickly send emails to get in touch with everyone.

There are a few missing things. There’s no Exchange support, which is a must-have for many people that use Exchange at work (support for Exchange is coming in the future, though). There’s no search box for events, which can be frustrating, to say the least. In month view, there’s no indicator of which days are busy. But these, along with a few other small issues, can easily be fixed in future updates.

In the nice to have category, you get a widget, though it’s a bit limited in functionality and customizability. More importantly, Sunrise offers a web interface, which is similar to Google Calendar’s but more polished and better looking, and a Chrome web app with offline support, that Chromebook users will really appreciate. For the future, the Sunrise teams plans a dedicated Android tablet app.

Available in the Play Store here, Sunrise Calendar is completely free. If you’re using calendars on your device even occasionally, we strongly recommend that you give it a try.

  • Ryu

    Article title actually made me think it was a modified version of Google Calendar that made it more ugly. I was confused for a bit.

    • Who cares anyway

      I was too, some of their article names are misleading

    • yobbei

      I agree. Horrible title.

    • monkey god

      Same here. It didn’t dawn on me that this was a totally separate app until i clicked the title and started reading the article.

  • MasterMuffin

    If I download this, could I too get to meet Batman? :D

    • Nananananana… Batman :D

    • IDontKnowMyName

      Sorry but that’s only on my schedule :P

  • nm,nbjhgv

    I like the Cal app from the Any.Do team better….In my opinion, a far better app.

  • ziplock9000

    Where is the link to the app, I’ve scanned 3 times now.

  • Looks cool. Will install it for sure!
    It makes Google calendar looks oldschool :P

  • Paul Williams

    Not really interested….. Tried and liked Upto calendar… This seems like a copy of Upto.

    • Goblin Shark

      Glad you told us you weren’t interested, we were wondering

  • Noel Kelly

    So… It was an iOS exclusive app despite the fact that it looks an awful lot like the iOS default calendar app, and (what quite a few are forever beating their heads against the wall at) despite Android having a huge market share and in need of a nice looking calendar app. Interesting and depressing in equal measure. However, thankfully the team solved my problems (months ago, in fact) by releasing Cal. Which I’ll be sticking with, in fact. Might give it a look see, though Cal suits my needs perfectly, and syncs with, so I don’t see myself switching.

  • Opinion

    sure,the apps look good,more flat (iosish),i install it but uninstall after that,the funtion are limited to me since i usually set my calendar to month view as default,but it does not hv that option, sure the look is better than goggle calendar but not the function

  • jules

    Installed and removed within minutes. Because no dark or black theme. To me apps on electronic display with only white theme are a direct fail. Dark themed apps are a zillion times nicer to use thus so much more user friendly. Except when only using smartphone/tablet outside in burning sunshine which no one does.

    For now stick I’ll stick to Jorte which I am not 100 percent happy with, but it is dark

    • mggOptimusG

      You can try CalenGoo … it is wonderfull … and you can choose the colors of your liking …

  • Goblin Shark

    Trying it out on your recommendation. I like it so far.

  • Charles Cornelius

    As someone who uses a MacBook and an Android phone, Sunrise has a lot of potential. Syncing Mac’s Calendar app with an Android calendar app like S Planner or Google Calendar is possible, but syncing seems sluggish and temperamental. I could, of course, just use Google Calendar on my MacBook, but it is, as the title of this article implies, pretty ugly and syncing even between the Android and web versions of Google Calendar is sluggish. Sunrise syncs in an instant, it looks good and it means I don’t have to use my browser to use my calendar. Impressive.