There are so many calendar applications available in the Play Store. In fact, we looked at some of them as 2013 came to a close. Many calendar apps fail to be presentable when swamped with a ton of content. Because of this, managing what is really important becomes way too difficult. And by now, the experience is confusing and almost unusable. So what if there was an application that had a personal calendar on the forefront and everything else pushed to the back, ready when called upon.
Putting it all together in a meaningful way is where UpTo comes in. This is not UpTo’s first time in the Play Store. It was actually available for Android devices previously, but was silently removed to be relaunched. Today, UpTo returns to the Play Store with a brand new design.
Upon opening UpTo, you will be greeted with a short set of directions. You then have options to login, create a new account, or connect UpTo to a Facebook account. The latter of the three will merge your account’s calendar with UpTo, but I will talk more about that later.
Before you can really get started, UpTo recommends adding calendars from various categories. By calendars, I mean content. For example, you can add general calendars like “US Holidays,” but you can even add such things as “Award Shows,” the “NBA Playoffs” or even the events at the “Prudential Center” in New Jersey. Don’t worry if you are not satisfied with all of your selections after the setup process, you can always add and remove calendars.
UpTo is ready for showtime. Everything is all quiet on the surface, but there is a lot more going on behind the scenes. The front layer is your personal calendar, generally whatever is connected to your device’s Google Account. You can view by agenda, day, week, or month. I prefer viewing by week because it places the week’s dates at the top of the screen with a dot indicating whether or not you have an event scheduled for a specific date. Also, this row of dates can be swiped left and right to see past and future dates. The month view does the same thing while displaying the entire month’s dates. Tapping on a date jumps to the corresponding schedule.
A nice touch from UpTo is that the weather is lightly display, so you do not have to hop around applications to know what is incoming for that walk in the park. It is not something that has a big presence, but it is definitely a nice addition.
So where are all of those calendars you picked? What is the whole point of UpTo? The blue stacks located within each date is where the glory lies. Do a zooming pinch or hit the expand/collapse button at the bottom of the screen and there is everything you want! As you can see in the screenshot above, calendars I added are now visible. It was all sitting behind my personal calendar. Had this content always been on the forefront, things would have been way too messy. Now I can see start times, channels, and some more details for things like TV shows, sporting events, and other things I’m interested in. For things like the NBA Playoffs and other sporting events, tapping the event will provide a preview to a certain extent. And if you connected a Facebook account to UpTo, all of that will be located within this second layer.
But what if I need something like my the TV show Survivor to be on my personal calendar? Go to the event and swipe to the left. Then choose “Add” and it gets sent to the top layer of UpTo. The only disappointment is that I have yet to find a way to take an entire calendar and add it to the personal calendar. For now, it looks like you can only add one event at a time.
There is also a social aspect with UpTo. You can add friends from Facebook, your contacts, or through email. Having friends connected through UpTo shares selected events with one another and it all remains private. Nothing is public.
And like any calendar app, you can add new events manually. This is the usual setup and it is rather self explanatory.
Without a doubt, UpTo is an extremely ambitious calendar application. It brings everything you love into one place. In some cases, it can replace other apps because it provides information regarding what is on television. So why have a TV guide app when you can just be reminded and informed with UpTo. The only place that I was unhappy was with sending a calendar from the second layer to the personal calendar. I like to be reminded that the latest episode of Hannibal is coming, but UpTo does not yet have the option to move something as a whole to the personal calendar. If there is something holding back UpTo, it is that. Aside from that minor setback, I can happily recommend UpTo to anyone that wants a beautiful calendar while still having a plethora of data on-hand.