Q: Calendar app that let's me set reminder alarm time?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Diabo, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. Diabo

    Diabo Well-Known Member

    I've tried a lot of calendar apps from the market, but I can't find any calendar that let's me set reminders the way I want them.

    Example: to be on time for a meeting at 9.15 I have to wake up at 7.45, so I want to set a reminder alarm to wake me up 1,5 hours before the meeting.

    In my old Symbian calendar I'd simply set the meeting at 9.15 and the alarm at 7.45.

    But in Android's calendar I can't enter the reminder time. It only let's me choose between 1 hour before (too late) or 2 hours before (too early).

    This seems to be a Google calendar problem. And therefore a general Android calendar problem, because most calendar apps are just frontends for Google's calendar.

    This picture summarizes the problem:


    Question: is there a calendar app for Android that let's me set an alarm reminder time, so that I can my my calendar ring 1.5 hours before the appointment? Or 1 hour and 15 minutes, or 5h45 min., or whatever time I want instead of being stuck with the inadequate reminder time options of Android's built-in calendar?

    Of course I'd also like a widget to show my calendar entries on my home screen. And if the calendar comes with a built-in tasks/to-do list and birthday reminders that would be cool too, but not absolutely required. Syncing is optional, an offline calendar is OK too.


  2. dan55

    dan55 Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2010
    welcome to android - as an ex symbian user myself i have also asked this question - and the answer is that android cant do it :( you have to set the alarm using number of hours offsets - rubbish i know

    try pocket informant maybe as this at least lets you sets a custom number of hours

    i use pure calendar widget with PI as it does have its own widgets yet

    good luck

  3. Diabo

    Diabo Well-Known Member

    And the reason why Android can't do it is because Google Calendar won't do it, and all those calendar apps in the market are nothing but interfaces for Google Calendar.

    Pocket Informant may have a future, but it has plenty of issues for the develpers to work on:
    - It is only available as a beta test version that expires 21 Feb 2011.
    - There's no way to set a custom ringtone that keeps playing until you switch it off. Having the tone play only once is a sure way to miss reminders.
    - You can set the reminder time for tasks the Symbian way, but it doesn't work for appointments.
    - The start/end time for tasks doesn't show in day/week/month view, and the tasks themselves don't show in widgets.

    Did I overlook something and are there other calendar apps for Android that do not use Google Calendar?

    Or should we ask someone at XDA to port the Symbian calendar to Android? :D
  4. takeshi

    takeshi Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    If you can't find a suitable app you could set 2 entries -- one for the event and one for your reminder. Seems tedious to me but the existing reminder times work for me.

    Touchdown isn't an interface for Google Calendar but it seems to have the same reminder times.
  5. Diabo

    Diabo Well-Known Member

    What makes the limited number of reminder options totally ridiculous is that you can set the exact number of minutes in google's online calendar. Zero minutes, 4 hours, 666 minutes, the calendar on google.com/calendar lets you enter anything you like.

    Therefore each and every calendar app based on google could have an option to set a custom number of minutes/hours (like pocket informant). Moreover, all these apps could also offer time entry the symbian way. They only need to calculate the number of minutes between the time you enter and the start time of the appointment so that you don't have to do the maths yourself.

    So the problem is not google's calendar. The programs that interact with google's calendar are just incomplete. A few extra lines of code would do the job.
  6. jae_63

    jae_63 Well-Known Member

    Mar 16, 2010
    Gemini includes a 1.5 hour option. I suspect that most developers prefer a discrete list of times because it makes a simpler user interface.

    You could ask the gemini developer to add an option to specify the actual reminder time.
  7. Diabo

    Diabo Well-Known Member

    Gemini's 1.5 hour entry is a step in the right direction, and so is the "on time" reminder option. Too bad it has a horrible user interface. Entering times with a scrollbar... no way.

    For now it's Jorte for me (best user interface of all calendar apps I tried, and it manages to squeeze a lot of info into a small widget), together with Pocket Informant for when I need to set a precise reminder time.

    And of course I run Calendar Notifier, because the default "ring once, don't repeat" behaviour of most calendar apps is a sure way to miss reminders.
  8. funpig

    funpig Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2010
    I just checked, Calengoo has single increments 0 -999 reminders for minutes, hours and days. You can set more than one reminder for a single event.
  9. dan55

    dan55 Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2010
    as I understand, it is android os that prevents the direct setting of
    alarm date times. this is what the devs tell me anyway.
  10. sic0048

    sic0048 Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2010

    +1 (or -1 depending on how you look at it. That interface is the worst!).
  11. dan55

    dan55 Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2010
    yes it needs some work. especially scrolling the date into the next
    month and having to increase month manually
  12. revitulize

    revitulize New Member

    Jul 26, 2012
    Does anyone know if there is a fix for this? Or even a better calendar app?

    The calendar reminder times jump from 3 to 12 hours...I don't understand why this cannot be modified.

    Please advise
  13. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2010
    Spacecorp Test Pilot
    Dimension Jumping
    Many calendar apps can set alarms much more flexibly. This is rather an old thread actually.

    For example, I mainly use Business Calendar, which has a list of presets (many more increments than this) or the option to set an "individual" alarm from 0-9999 minutes/hours/days/weeks, whatever you prefer.
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  14. Little Darwin

    Little Darwin Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2010
    Systems Analyst
    Wilkes-Barre, PA
    Developers are unlikely to develop a calendar app with significantly different functionality since the majority of Android users want to sync with Google calendar... and doing anything differently than Google Calendar would make syncing a headache.
  15. Diabo

    Diabo Well-Known Member

    The website version of Google Calendar allows for custom reminder times, so there's no reason why Android calendar apps cannot. It's no different from what Google Calendar offers, it's just using a feature that Google already built into its calendar.

    If Business Calendar Free can do it, then all Google-based Android calendar apps can do it. They all tap into the same background service.

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