Sunrise Calendar arrives on Android and the web, aims to be the first true cross-platform social calendar

Daniel Bader

May 29, 2014 11:26 am

Sunrise Calendar is the latest in a series of connected, social calendars transitioning from iOS to Android. Any.do’s Cal made the jump, and, most recently, UpTo’s multi-layered approach won our hearts.

Sunrise is, while similar to those, a little more traditional. Arriving on Android and the web via a browser extension, it aims to be the first true cross-platform social calendar, as it allows users to log in from anywhere, using Google, Facebook or email credentials, and have their social calendars readily available.

The app looks and feels quite similar to its iOS counterpart, flat design and muted orange colour scheme intact, but that’s a good thing: it feels fast and capable, and Android native. Users get the chance to log in to Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Producteev and Twitter to consolidate data from local and the web. For example, you can set Sunrise to show your local Google calendar and a list of upcoming friends’ birthdays from Facebook — their faces show up in your feed, along with weather information for the day — but omit the annoying Facebook event invitations you are likely to be inundated with every week.

Sunrise isn’t quite as full-featured as its iOS counterpart, at least not on arrival: it doesn’t have Exchange support, and search is not currently available. Both have been acknowledged by the developers and will be added in the near future, though. The core features are the same, though: list and three-day viewing look just as good (or better) on large Android devices.

All of these great mobile features work well with the new web app, which uses the same login credentials, negating the need to re-enter all those pesky account usernames and passwords once they’re added. Sunrise may not be the flashiest Android calendar app, but it’s certainly one of the most full-featured, and now that it can be accessed from anywhere, on the two biggest mobile platforms in the world and the web, it’s sure to grow.

  • TheShinraCorp .

    Ok I don’t get it. This app is supposed to be the first cross platform calendar app? I thought this stuff already existed…. I mean when I create a new event in outlook, my Windows Phone, my iPad and the web version all get the same event without any needs to modify. I guess if you want to login using whatever social app you’re using then go ahead but I rather have everything sync in a simple calendar application by only using 1 platform which is Outlook. Not by creating an event on FAcebook, or an event on Twitter or an event on LinkedIn or whatever and then launch a seperate application to view these events in one spot.

  • rgl168

    Do I really need to tell the rest of my friends (or the rest of the world) that at that exact time and that exact date, that I am “running in the park”, waiting for furniture to be delivered or picking up my kids?

  • purdy44

    My Mom and I need to be able to share our schedules/calendars. I have a Nexus 5 and at some point she will be getting a Chromebook as her at home device. Does anyone know off the top of their heads whether gmail has the ability to share calendars?

    • Lazardus

      Yes you can share your google calendar.

    • FlamesFan89

      Absolutely. My wife and I have a shared calendar that we can both access from our phones, the web, or on our Nexus 7. It’s great for keeping track of appointments, kids events, sporting events that we each play.

    • purdy44

      Awesome! Thanks so much, guys!

  • FlamesFan89

    I gave the app a try, but I didn’t see any advantage over the Google calendar. I disliked that in the month view, there wasn’t a quick way to see which days have appointments, and which ones don’t, or perhaps I was just missing something.

  • Laer

    I’m also confused here. I’ve been sharing my Google calendar’s with friends and family for years. I don’t use the Google calendar app though as it kind of sucks. But since it’s API, any calendar pretty much talks. I use Jorte on the phone as an example.