Our lives can get extremely busy at times, and we’re glad that we have our smartphones to help us get things done and keep everything organized. However, although we have very capable smartphones, they need to be loaded with the right apps to have it do what you want in the way you want.
The Google Play Store boasts a number of highly capable to-do list apps, which are necessary to keep track of what is done and what remains to be done. However, there are a few that definitely stand out, and Taskos is one of them.
Taskos is a rather simple Android task manager, but don’t let that “simple” label fool you; it’s extremely capable by offering a lot of flexibility. The app is available on all Android devices from version 2.0 and above. Some more functionality will work if you have data or WiFi for your device, but those aren’t necessary to be able to use the app.
When you first launch the app, you’ll be shown a small walkthrough of all the new features of Taskos and other things you can do with it. Once you’re out of the walkthrough, you’ll see the main screen of the app, which is just a list of all the current tasks – it should be empty. To create a task, simply go to the text box at the top of the screen and type in the summary of the task.
You can also tap on the microphone button, which will bring up the Google voice service where you can speak out your task and Google will translate it into text.
Tapping on the task itself once it exists will offer you some more options for the task. These extra buttons are meant to let you change common details of your task without going into a very detailed view – that’s what the “More” button at the end of the row is for. Tapping on Priority, Category, Date will let you change those exact details, and the Share button lets you share the task to whomever you’d like.
While you’re in the detailed view when clicking on “More“, you can also add Notes about the task and add single or recurring alarms. Taskos, however, doesn’t allow your tasks themselves to be recurring, but this is the only thing I find lacking.
Once you complete a task, you can tap on the big checkbox to the left side of the task, or you can swipe to the right and the same result occurs. Tapping on the checkbox again or swiping to the left will undo the “completed” mark. To remove items you’ve completed, you can tap on each task’s little X on the right side, or simply shake your device to remove all completed tasks.
Taskos’ to-do functionality ends there, but it’s not entirely done – it offers decent synchronization support with Google Tasks, so you can access your tasks wherever you are, even when you don’t have your Android device in hand. It’s also a great way to sync between two or more Android devices, and Taskos’ fairly light level of detail on tasks allows it to have minimal compatibility issues while syncing. Taskos also includes some widgets which you can add to your home screen so you can easily manage your tasks without even having to fully open the app!
To install Taskos, simply search for it in the Google Play Store, or follow this link with either your device or desktop. If the link doesn’t launch the Play Store, just click on Install once the page loads and the app install request will be sent straight to your device!
Overall, I find Taskos to be an excellent Android task manager for people who need a simple but smart to-do list that doesn’t get in their way. It may not be quite as feature-rich as to-do list apps like Astrid, but it’s also nice to see nothing but your tasks and a small text box to add new ones (plus voice recognition). If you’re looking into to-do apps (as a college student I know I am) or you’re getting tired of other apps like Astrid for whatever reason, give Taskos a try!
What’s your favorite to-do list app? What feature do you value the most? Let us know in the comments!
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