Monday, October 17, 2011 by Emily Boyd
Our promised Android app update is finally here, and it's a big one! We've overhauled the UI of the app and the widgets, snuck in some cool new features and new widgets too, and…
The basic app is now free for everyone!
Until now, our Android app has been available as a free download on the Android Market only for those of you with a Pro account. That's changing today; like our iPhone and iPad apps, the Android app is now free for everyone to use — yay!
What's the catch? We've introduced some limits to the free app: you'll be able to sync manually once every 24 hours with the Remember The Milk servers, which is great for backing up your tasks and notes online. There are also a few features that are exclusive to Pro users.
Exclusive to Pro: Unlimited push syncing + reminders + widgets
Pro accounts (and the awesome people who upgrade to them!) help us to maintain Bob T. Monkey's stash of fresh bananas and, well, keep Remember The Milk running. :) Upgrade to Pro, and you'll be rewarded with:
- Unlimited push syncing, which means that changes you make to your tasks on Android are automagically pushed to Remember The Milk online (and vice versa).
- Reminders in the notification bar and app dashboard, so you'll know instantly when tasks are due or when a location with tasks is nearby.
- Widget goodness! You'll get our freshly revamped List Widget, as well as our brand new Smart Bar Widget and Badge Widget (more about those below).
And don't forget the other Pro benefits, including membership in our Pro Tester Program, double votes for product ideas, priority support via email, and of course that little icon next to your name to indicate your awesomeness.
What's new in the app?
Version 2.0.0 (aka "Deckard") is our biggest Android app update ever, and brings a whole bunch of new features and improvements. Check out the demo we prepared earlier, or read on for the full scoop…
A whole new interface
First, the app has been completely redesigned. The action bar at the top gives you quick access to sync, search and Smart Add — so you can add a task from anywhere in the app. In the new task list view, you can also switch easily between incomplete and completed tasks using the tabs.
Introducing the dashboard
When you launch the app for the first time, you'll discover an entirely new screen: the dashboard. From the dashboard, you can get an overview of your tasks: what's due today, tomorrow and this week. You can also jump to your lists, tags and locations. Want to come back to the dashboard at any time? Just tap the blue title bar at the top of any screen.
Edit multiple tasks at once
We've made some handy improvements to working with your task lists. You can now edit multiple tasks quickly and easily: simple select them with the checkbox, and either tap the 'Complete' icon, or tap the 'More' icon to postpone, edit the due date, priority, list, or tags for multiple tasks.
Swipe to get stuff done
You can now swipe a task to complete, postpone, edit, or delete — making all of these actions super fast. And we like super fast at Remember The Milk. :)
'This Week' view
This new view, available from the dashboard, makes it easy to see what's due this week.
Add tasks using the Android 'Share' menu
Remember The Milk is now available in the Android 'Share' menu — so you can quickly add tasks from other apps. For example, you can use 'Share Page' from the browser to add a task for the webpage you're on.
Exclusive to Pro: Reminders Bar
In addition to displaying reminders for your tasks that are due or located nearby in the Android notification bar, the brand new dashboard gives you quick access to your outstanding reminders via the Reminders Bar.
Exclusive to Pro: List Widget (freshly revamped!)
The List Widget has been freshly revamped with an all-new design — so you can add a task with Smart Add right from the widget. In addition to the original 2×2 and 3×3 flavours, the List Widget now comes in a much-requested 4×4 size for full screen goodness.
Exclusive to Pro: New Smart Bar Widget
Want to add a task with Smart Add? Add a task by voice? Search your tasks? Launch the app? The brand new Smart Bar Widget does it all!
Exclusive to Pro: New Badge Widget
This one's our favourite! The new Badge Widget lets you see the number of incomplete tasks in a list, tag, or location; tapping the widget will take you straight to the corresponding screen in the app. There's also a special Badge Widget just for Smart Add, where you can add a task directly from your Home screen without needing to launch the app.
Eight new languages
Last, but not least, the app is available in eight new languages: Chinese (Traditional), Greek, Italian, Korean, Norwegian (Bokmål), Portuguese (Portugal), Swedish, and Ukrainian. We'd love to support as many languages as possible, so if you're interested in helping to make the app available in your language, please check out our online translation program.
Enjoy the updates!
We hope you like this latest app release! Want to learn more about the app in general? Check out the Remember The Milk for Android section of the site.
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