You must have heard an adage “Time is money” and there is no qualm over that it actually is. This is the reason why time management is such a crucial need in today’s time. It is a challenge due to multiple tasks and events to handle for work and in personal life. Hence, many applications come with in-app calendar to schedule events. However, it is a critical task to develop a calendar app from scratch.
Why the in-app calendar is important in apps?
An in-app calendar in an app increases its functionality and provides a better UX to the users. The calendars can have a good design, different interface, and filings. However, the purpose is the same – to manage the users their schedules & time. The different industries apps in which the in-app calendar is useful are:
Travel & Hospitality
Almost every travelling app whether it is a train booking application, bus booking application, flight booking application or any other app, comes with an in-app calendar to book the service on the required date. For e.g. redbus use in-app calendar so that the passengers can book seats on available dates.
It is always essential in a travel booking application to give the users a choice of dates.
Students and learners are also going online to learn new courses or skills. That is why online learning courses are getting more popular. To schedule the lectures, classes, tests or assessments, there is a need for in-app calendars in the app. The calendar functionality is also helpful in sending a notification to the user regarding new events, class reminder etc.
In the logistics app, almost everything should be on time and scheduled in advance whether it is shipping, delivery, or loading. One such example is Uber Freight. It has cool features with the in-app calendar. The shippers, as well as carriers, can view their past and upcoming shipments and can choose time & date for the delivery.
Healthcare & Fitness
It is easy to understand the need for the in-app calendar in healthcare apps. There are many medical websites & healthcare apps in which the patient can schedule appointments with the doctor for their daily checkups. The in-app calendar is also useful for fitness apps where the users can monitor their physical activities over a period of time on different dates.
Social media is not just limited to connect people and let people share their views, thoughts, and images but to also conduct events. For e.g. the most popular social media platform Facebook lets you do meetings and conferences. The site can remind users about upcoming events or conferences.
Similar functionality is on Instagram or Twitter to allow scheduling posts and all such features can’t work without a calendar.
Events, Entertainments, and Movie Booking app
Obviously a theatre ticket booking app or any other event booking will require an in-app calendar so that the customer can book tickets on that date.
Now you must have realized the need for an in-app calendar into apps of different industries. You can also create your in-app calendar with the best goals and requirements.
Technologies to implement while developing your own calendar app:
The technologies on which you are developing your calendar app plays an important role in the success of your app.
Important APIs for developing a Calendar app
There are many APIs offered by Google & Apple to integrate into your calendar app.
- Google Calendar API: Most of the developers opt for Google Calendar for managing their events. You can go through the documentation to know how to implement a calendar in your app. You can integrate this API in both of your mobile apps as well as web apps. Users can view, create & edit events in the calendar app.
- Apple EventKit: Apple provides several tools for developing a calendar app. There is EventKit which can give you access to calendar data, so you can easily create & edit events in the app. You will also get EventKitUI by which you can implement different interfaces on to your calendar app.
Some of the Calendar APIs are:
- Calendarific API enables the app developer to implement public holidays on the calendar app.
- FX Calendar API lets the developer integrate data about upcoming financial events.
- SuperSaaS API gives you the ability to implement online scheduling and allow sending reminders.
- Nylas Cloud Calendar API comes with features such as scheduling, reminders, etc.
Libraries to consider while developing a Calendar app
You can find libraries in abundant on GitHub to use while developing a Calendar app. Some of the important libraries are:
For the iOS Calendar app
For the Android Calendar app
- Customizable Calendar
- Cosmo Calendar
For Web App
- Kendo UI
- jQuery UI
If you require any other solution, you can surf through GitHub
Other Important Technologies for Developing a Calendar App
Apart from libraries, you also require many different technologies for developing a calendar app such as a programming language, database, UI/UX, testing, and a toolset.
For a programming language, in iOS, you have options of Swift or Objective-C while in Android you can opt for Kotlin or Java. If you want to implement a database, then you can opt among these: MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, etc.
Use Sketch, Illustrator, or Sympli for creating a user-friendly, and attractive UI/UX design. For testing your app, you can hire Quality Assurance experts to use these tools: Firebase, Crashlytics, Postman, and Testflight.
The best toolset is Apple’s Xcode for iOS app, and Android Studio in Android.
How to develop a calendar app?
After analyzing the existing calendar app, there are 3 important points on which you have to focus most. These are:
User interface & User experience
While creating a calendar app, or any other app, the most important thing is to provide captivating User Interface & interactive User experience. Leverage UI/UX design services. After landing on the app, the user shouldn’t face any trouble while navigating through the app and have a simplistic yet attracting UI. In the current scenario, bright colours & simple forms are more in use. Take reference of Dribble app.
In today’s time, a single app is run by a user on multiple devices such as a mobile, tablet, desktop, iPad etc. So it is mandatory that the app data is synchronized frequently so that the user doesn’t face any problem. It is also best if the data gets sync with cloud services so there would be no risk of losing data by the user.
Advanced Features & Functionalities
To make your app distinguishable and out-of-the-box you need to implement advanced features & functionalities in your app. To create it more user-friendly you can provide a colour scheme to choose, different styles of viewing, adding reminders on the app. Allowing people to join events on the app etc.
For increasing the security of your app, use the device hardware. For e.g. the app can utilize Apple’s 3D Touch or Force Touch. Also, it’s possible to add geolocation to the events.
Developing a calendar app requires research and preparations. There are many different ways to improve app functionality. For creating an out-of-the-box app hire a mobile application development company having a niche in it.
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