If you're curious about trying an Android device then you might be interested to know that you need not abandon your iCloud calendar or reminders for Google based alternatives. With so many great devices on the market these days running Android it's perfectly reasonable to expect someone to have a mix of both platforms in their lives. Keeping your iCloud calendar running on Android is a piece of cake, and I've written about it over on Android Central.
Thanks to an enterprising developer, Marten Gajda, you can import and two-way sync your iCloud calendars to the stock Calendar app on your Android device. With his app, Smoothsync for Cloud Calendar – grab it from the Play Store – it's as easy as entering your iCloud credentials
It really is that simple. I've gone in to a little more detail in the post on Android Central, but for $2.99 you can use your iCloud calendar just the same as any other calendar on your Android device. As an added bonus, Gajda's app also has a free add-on that will sync your iCloud reminders to your Android device as well. It all works in the background, and while you have a separate app, Tasks, for reminders, your calendar just works within the stock calendar app on your device. It's really slick.
Sure, using Apple products together is still much easier, but it's great to know that if we should want to go cross-platform we can take a little piece of iCloud with us. I love this app – particularly the reminders sync – since I'm very much a cross-platform person. Much of my work is done using an iPhone and a Mac, and it's so convenient knowing I can flick over to any Android device and still have access to my iCloud reminders.
If this scratches a particular itch for you, grab the app from the Google Play Store at the link below. If you try it out, be sure to let me know how you find it.
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