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No Contact/Calendar Integration at all? Huh?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by mitchellvii, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. mitchellvii

    mitchellvii Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Considering the access Google has to programming genius and all of the brilliant coders out there developing apps and hacks, one thing never ceases to amaze me.

    The utter lack of any integration between Google Calendar and Google Contacts.

    You would think that you could just go to a Contact Record and from that record click on a button to create a Calendar Event. A link would then be created so you could easily call, email, message or navigate to the Contact for whom the event was created.

    But no. You can't. Really, to me, this is remarkable for its lameness.

    If you want to add email addresses of attendees to a meeting in Google Calendar, you must type them in from memory! There is no button to click which lets you select from a list of your Contacts and have the email control populated automatically. This, my friends, is PATHETIC.

    Palm did this well 10 years ago.

    C'mon Google, seriously, what the heck is up with that?

    P.S., There is just one app that comes close to getting this right, "ContactEvent" and it's free in the Marketplace. Still, that is only half of what the functionality should be.

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  2. trebb

    trebb Lurker

    Ummm...when i make an event in my calendar i can type people's names and it gives me their email addresses.
  3. ranova

    ranova Android Enthusiast

    nice write-up but, yea, you fail man. I can start typing names and can select email contacts...

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  4. braj

    braj Android Enthusiast

    I don't think you guys get it: in Palm and 3rd part apps I've used for WinMo, you can create an calendar event directly from the addressbook, like 'Call Susan' and it will open a new calendar event with all the contact info available when you go to actually call Susan. As it stands on my Captivate, the default calendar is the native one, and this doesn't even include a recipients field so you can't add someone's e-mail address, let alone phone number. I am used to linked phone numbers in the calendar events that you can click when the meeting alarm goes off. Android's calendar and address book are VERY lacking, unless you don't have experience with anything more powerful. Check out what Datebook 6 and Agendus did in the 'old' Palm OS. This is a huge hole in functionality with no good 3rd party solution to remedy it yet. Hopefully soon, but right now there is nothing.
  5. braj

    braj Android Enthusiast

    I just tried Contact Event, and it will log the contact details but they are not links that you can act on, so it is pretty useless.
  6. ranova

    ranova Android Enthusiast

    except thats not what he was complaining about... the OP was stating that you cannot add your contacts when creating a new event... which is completely false.

  7. wmtoandroid

    wmtoandroid Well-Known Member

    What we need is Agendus on Android :)
  8. braj

    braj Android Enthusiast

    The OP wanted more than just what it does currently:

    You would think that you could just go to a Contact Record and from that record click on a button to create a Calendar Event. A link would then be created so you could easily call, email, message or navigate to the Contact for whom the event was created.

    BMGRAHAM Newbie

    I agree, I've raised the same issue myself with HTC. My old Sanyo phone had a similar feature. It seems odd that on these leading edge phones
    I can't create a reminder to call someone without having to enter their contact details like phone number, manually.
  10. mitchellvii

    mitchellvii Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Can one of the geniuses who typed that my OP was a complete fail because you can put people's email addresses in the Calendar Event PLEASE explain to me how an email address allows me to CALL THE PERSON if I am running late or request NAVIGATION DIRECTIONS to their location?

    Seriously, I would LOVE to know this.

    When I click on Add Event in the Google Calendar, all it does is provide me a way to enter people's email addresses and NOTHING else. It doesn't look anything up. It doesn't create any links. It is complete and utter fail.
  11. FischerMike

    FischerMike Lurker

    The original post is right. It is surprising how this feature has not made its way onto anyone's list, unless it is particularly hard to do... I should be able to look at my calendar of events and see the people I have lined up for the day. That way I don't have to look them up in contacts to call / text them. The closest thing I have found is a "Make Appointment" command in DW Contacts. I was all fired up to find it and it barely serves the full potential here. Why cannot a hyperlink be embedded in calendar events that take me fully to the contact/ and vice versa: A link from contact to all releated calendar events? You will be amazed how much the user population would GO For this feature.
  12. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    Maybe it's because I'm using a Samsung. S Planner has this feature. There is an 'add participants' option in the make event section, and it allows you to select from contacts who the event is related to. A link appears in the event.

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