In-app calendars have become almost ubiquitous, and more and more people see them as a core function.
You can use them to manage events, set up reminders, and keep your tasks organized—all from your mobile device.
Apple and Google have proven that today’s consumers prefer a simple, elegant user experience.
To have your calendar use notifications and sync with widely-used calendars, you’ll need to ensure that the it works with Google, Apple, and Outlook.
You can even leverage technologies like augmented reality, optical character recognition, and voice recognition to take your calendar feature to the next level.
In this article, we’ll take a look at how you can start implementing calendar solutions like Google Calendar in your next Android or iOS app project and what today’s apps feature.
There’s a wealth of apps in the market that are making use of calendar features to enhance the overall user experience.
Let’s take a look at how different industries and current apps are using Google Calendar and other popular in-app features.
Apps in the healthcare industry have long been using calendars for scheduling doctor’s appointments.
In addition to helping doctors monitor the health conditions of their patients, Healthfully is an app that allows doctors and patients to schedule face-to-face or online visits, as well as offering reports and notifications.
Fitness apps like Talos use sensors and NFC technology to help users plan training sessions thanks to embedded calendars.
Drivers booking parking spots with apps like SpotHero takes just minutes.
Fitness users can train and plan sessions through embedded calendars before parking or months before their trips.
Apps like Eventbrite have in-app calendars which can be synced with other calendars.
By sending push notifications, these calendars remind users of their upcoming events.
Members of your team can also see when speakers are presenting during a conference-wide presentation or when a band does a concert-wide show.
Learners can easily add classes to their Google Calendar and Outlook calendar using the integration.
Courses with massive open online enrollments, for example, use calendars with lectures, questions and answers, and home assignments to stay on track.
You can get notified that you have one hour left until your next class or receive a notification about a deadline for submitting an essay as it approaches.
Google Calendar integration can help users avoid missing courses by entering them into their calendars.
Telegram is an app that allows users to schedule messages by holding the Send button in a chat window and choosing Schedule Message.
At the specified time, the message will be sent automatically.
Planned notifications can be turned into reminders by using Telegram’s Saved Messages chat.
Real estate apps like Zillow and Zumper have calendars built-in and they’re used for time management and setting appointments with real estate agents and property owners.
Many apps could use calendars embedded in their app.
Taxi apps, delivery apps, travel apps, restaurant reservation apps—they all require embedded calendars to function.
Your calendar might need to be synced with other popular calendars so users can view and plan their events all in one place.
If that’s the case, there are plenty of useful APIs available to use.
Let’s say you’re an app developer specializing in a line of popular paper-based productivity planners.
Here’s how you can work with complex calendar features to further enhance your mobile app project.
Your app might feature an insightful tool for capturing important notes. These features allow users to take, save, and share notes with their calendar events.
To recognize printed, handwritten, and typed words, you can leverage optical character recognition (OCR) technology.
This software makes use of Google Cloud Vision’s optical character recognition capability since this software recognizes event titles accurately.
Using the OCR feature, you can scan handwritten text directly into the app.
Users can easily upload files to the cloud, e-mail files, and make note of specific calendar events by crossing out the related icons at the bottom of the notebook page.
You’ve likely heard the term API before, but what is it and what does it have to do with calendars?
API is short for Application Programming Interface. It’s software that lets two applications talk to each other.
When you use apps like Facebook or check the weather on your phone, you’re using APIs.
Fortunately, big companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft all offer calendar APIs that can easily integrate with mobile apps.
The Google Calendar API is pretty powerful, so it’s no surprise that so many apps use it.
This API allows you to edit private calendars, add reminders and alerts, search for and view shared calendars in mobile and web applications, and set up notifications.
The EventKit framework on iOS and macOS allows users to access calendars, events, and reminders in real-time.
On phones, tablets, and desktops, the Outlook API offers access to calendars, events, reminders, and calendar groups.
Anyone can be added to Outlook.com and be given access to one another’s calendars, which is handy for teams.
Most of the leading calendar apps allow you to easily integrate them and use their features.
Here are some APIs you can choose from based on how their features match your specific needs:
You might not even need to synchronize with any external calendars. A simple calendar with a customizable UI may be all your app needs.
In this case, you can turn your attention to open-source solutions for UI implementations.
Their highly customizable calendars offer great designs and they’re both highly praised by the developer community.
Custom cells and calendar views can easily be created using these libraries.
The UICollectionView can also be used to manage and organize an ordered collection of data items and to present them using a custom-made layout.
YACalendar is a customized iOS calendar that offers year and month views with horizontal and vertical scrolling.
Optimized for iPhone screens from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 11, this library can run on devices from a wide range of devices.
There are plenty of calendar libraries to choose from for web-based apps.
In Adobe’s 2020 Digital Trends report for leading companies, 34 percent say their customer journey is a top priority for 2020.
By investing in the customer experience, companies with $1 billion in revenue are likely to earn an extra $700 million within three years, according to the Qualtrics XM Institute.
Here are a few tips to keep you on track:
Colors, round shapes, and shadows can be used to accomplish this.
Or you don’t have to use bright colors or unusual shapes to draw attention—a minimalist design will let users focus on the app’s features instead.
When implementing Google Calendar or other calendar APIs, it’s important to keep the style and layout of your calendar feature in-line with your users.
Keep the design simple and straightforward. Remember, calendars are meant to be easy to use and make your users’ lives simpler.
Users should be able to easily find upcoming appointments, book appointments, and share and group events in two taps or clicks on the calendar interface.
Remember, your users shouldn’t have to work hard to use your calendar feature.
This is one of the many functions available with a Google Calendar integration.
You’ll also want to ensure that your app can display calendars correctly regardless of how users hold their devices, so make it responsive to changes in screen orientation.
Good calendars should make use of available hardware features.
With today’s digital calendars, adding and editing calendar entries can be achieved with natural language.
This feature has been successfully implemented in scheduling applications like Calendar and Voice Calendar.
With that said, there are a number of apps that can also benefit from speech recognition technology besides all-in-one planners, like those for parking and healthcare.
You can use Google Assistant or the SpeechRecognizer API to implement a speech recognition feature for Android.
For iOS users, Apple’s Speech Framework comes bundled with the operating system.
For web app developers, you can use the Web Speech API.
An app that integrates a calendar doesn’t sound too complicated at first glance, but if you want to add additional features to your app or even design a completely new calendar app, it’ll take time and effort.
You can easily add a calendar into your app by following best practices and using calendar services already available on the market.
No need to start from scratch!
You can use the popular Google Calendar API, open sourced calendar libraries, or you can have your own unique calendar developed just for your app.
In our Simple Starter package, we iron out all of the details for your app project, including integrations that make sense and how to go about implementing them.
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